BlueStacks beta version runs Android apps on PC

Back in October, BlueStacks released the first public version of its software that allowed many of the apps available for Android devices to run on a Windows PC. Today, BlueStacks has released a new public beta version of the software. The company's website is apparently getting hit with lots of traffic at the time of this news post so it may take a while to load.

According to today's press release, the new version adds some extra features that were not available in the first editions of the software. This is due to BlueStacks' own Layercake technology. The company says that Layercake allows the software to run applications that were designed for ARM-based processors to operate on x86 Windows PCs. It also allows Android apps to be run that have support for hardware accelerated graphics.

The public alpha version of BlueStacks was downloaded by over a million people in a three-month time period in 2011. BlueStacks says over 4.5 million Android apps were opened using its software on PCs during that time. The new beta version has also been localized for ten different countries. Check out this video showing how BlueStacks works:

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Hmm... i like the concept, but it crashed and rebooted my pc - Win 8 CP - during its download and install...!

.Neo said,
Cool how the both of you failed to give a real answer to his question.

Actually both answered his question. Why does Microsoft want to turn the PC into a giant phone screen? Same rationale here. If Android apps can be run on Windows XP, Vista, 7, why buy Windows 8 to run Metro apps at all, especially if all Metro style apps are fugly looking?

.Neo said,
Cool how the both of you failed to give a real answer to his question.

Fine...

You'd want an Android emulator on a PC to allow you to use mobile apps that you're familiar with on you're mobile device. The same reason that people would want metro apps on their desktop, to use apps that they already use on their mobile devices.

On the other hand, I could also have referred to the fact that both are fairly redundant as they serve little purpose other than to offer apps with reduced functionality in a desktop environment where more functional (albeit perhaps less pretty) applications already exist that are more tailored to desktop use.

Installed it on my Win8 CP laptop, and it rebooted itself when I walked away, loaded 2 services in startup list, then went to a memory.dmp bluescreen before I could kill the two services and rebooted again. Was able to kill and remove everything fast enough on the second boot, but exercise caution if you try installing this app.
The joys of beta apps and operating systems.

LordFrank said,
Installed it on my Win8 CP laptop, and it rebooted itself when I walked away, loaded 2 services in startup list, then went to a memory.dmp bluescreen before I could kill the two services and rebooted again. Was able to kill and remove everything fast enough on the second boot, but exercise caution if you try installing this app.
The joys of beta apps and operating systems.

so then reliability wasn't improved. it was bsodding a lot since alpha...

WTF it even is this? It most certainly is not seamless, configurable Android VM I hoped it would be when I first heard of BlueStacks. Instead it looks like another stupid buzzword ridden adbloatware platform to shove up people's backholes, and that is something I could easily do without. BlueCrap...

Well I looks like a big improvement from the last version I tried, that one couldn't run in any way but fullscreen. Now, how about letting me use an app in a small portrait oriented window without all the extra bars in it?

Cyborg_X said,
Wow! Not beta more like pre-Alpha. Buggy as hell with 100% memory and CPU usage!
Maybe it's just really big and powerful!

ffMathy said,
Unless they add Metro support for Windows 8, I won't be using this.

Unless they remove metro from Windows 8, I won't be using it.

ffMathy said,
Unless they add Metro support for Windows 8, I won't be using this.

You know how many Microsoft fanboys like to criticize that Windows 8 is still beta so we shouldn't judge it just yet. Take their advice, IT STILL IN BETA. Nobody will release anything for it now.