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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