BlueStacks Android-to-PC software gains 10 million users

In October 2011, BlueStacks released the first beta version of its Android app player, which allowed people to download and access the hundreds of thousands of Android apps on their PC. It later expanded the software to allow Macs to run the software and in February 2013, a version of BlueStacks was released for Windows 8, made especially for the Surface Pro.

Today, BlueStacks announced that over 10 million people have registered to use BlueStacks on their Windows and Mac computers. It added that the software was activated on 4.3 million devices just in the first quarter of 2013. The software is also pre-loaded on PCs made by Lenovo and Asus, among others. The company's CEO Rosen Sharma added:

We’re seeing exponential gains in adoption and active usage over the past few months especially. Now we’re working on this idea of, how we can take this technology and bring mobile content to other types of devices.

The software uses BlueStacks' own LayerCake software to provide the emulation needed to run on Windows and Mac. The user numbers for BlueStacks would seem to indicate that there's a solid audience out there for Android-based apps that can also run on PCs.

Source: BlueStacks | Image via BlueStacks

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I use it for logging into our bank's Android app, as it's a PIN code for devices rather than a whole card reader exercise for the web browser.

PS: Does anyone know if BlackStack's cache is encryped or locked in anyway?

BlueStacks is really rough software. I don't understand the seething, frothing hatred for it expressed by purists who seem to think emulation and virtualization should not be allowed to exist for Android apps, but I don't think this particular tool is good quality.

Truth is, we'd all be better off if there was simply a cyanogenmod build for x86 that could be run from VirtualBox et al. At least it wouldn't feel quite so sketchy. And having access to the apps is a boon, since the argument isn't about relying on Android for mobile apps so much as it's having access to apps you might already own, or might have already fallen out of support and have no hope of being made for any more platforms anyway.

Though the ideal solution would be running each Android app in its own sandbox, but I'm guessing we're very far away from there being an Android equivalent to dosbox.

Dashel said,
I agree with your sentiment. What is the primary difficulty of virtualizing it currently?

Hardware dependent code. Thats why you will find little variation in the chips used for Android devices- it requires low level re-coding for it to work. Having said that, there is an x86 version and I have no idea why that isn't being emulated??

none of this utter crap should ever be pre installed on windows pcs. im glad Microsoft finally stopped taking this crap and is making their own devices, and I love the strategy with windows 8. no more freeloaders(valve,bluestacks,etc..), spyware, crapware, shovelware, turdware pre installed.

I only use it because there are a lot of apps not yet available for Windows 8 (Surface Pro) or that are free on Android but not Windows... It can be laggy and some games have audio stuttering issues, but it's a gap stop measure. The fact that it is based on a much older version of Android also hurts its compatibility. If they could updated it to ICS at least, that would help.

I installed BlueStacks months ago to try the horribru Steam mobile app but just as expected of bajillions of apps it was the only one that didn't work

BlueStacks is the most horrendous software I have ever used. I see no value of using craptastic android apps on a windows-based system.

cleverclogs said,
BlueStacks is the most horrendous software I have ever used. I see no value of using craptastic android apps on a windows-based system.

10 million people obviously see value. So really doesnt matter. I dont use it myself.

francescob said,

The same millions who see the added value of Java, or the Ask toolbar?

Obviously you didnt see my second post, right above yours, agreeing to another comment.

techbeck said,

Obviously you didnt see my second post, right above yours, agreeing to another comment.


I didn't see it because it wasn't there when I loaded the page

techbeck said,

You must type slow then.


It took me time because, for once, I experimented reading the whole article. Now my eyes hurt, I hope there's an android app for that.

cleverclogs said,
BlueStacks is the most horrendous software I have ever used. I see no value of using craptastic android apps on a windows-based system.

Talk about a craptastic comment. Why are you here then?

Why so much hate? All things start somewhat ****ty until they get better. Heck, if I can run iOS apps on Android, I may give it a shot too. Honestly, I welcome Bluestacks for its idea.

techbeck said,

10 million people obviously see value. So really doesnt matter. I dont use it myself.

lotta guys are gay too so should i try harder to learn how to have sex with men ?
I think I'm just doing it wrong lol