BlueStacks launches Android App Player for Windows

Back in May, the start up company BlueStacks announced plans to launch a way to run applications made for Google's Android OS on PCs running Microsoft's Windows operating system. Today, BlueStacks has finally released the first alpha version of its Android App Player. It's available as a free download at its web site. It looks like this first version is for Windows 7 and Vista-based PCs only at this point.

If you own an Android-based smartphone or tablet you can use the BlueStacks Android App Player to transfer those apps to a Windows PC and play them on the Android App Player. This requires that the user download BlueStacks' Cloud Connect app from the Android Market. If you don't own an Android device you can still download new apps on your PC via the BlueStacks App Channels, however, you will need a Facebook account to sign up.  The Android App Player will only allow apps and games to be played full screen on a PC; there's no support for windowed-based features yet. Android app makers don't need to make any modifications to their programs in order for them to run on the Android App Player.

BlueStacks has stated in a press release that it has already received interest from PC makers in pre-loading the Android App Player in their PC rigs. While this first version is free it's also limited to adding 26 Android apps in addition to the 10 apps that are pre-loaded with the player. A future "Pro" version of the Android App Player will allow users to run an unlimited number of apps via the player.

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I seriously do not get the obsession with getting android or just smartphone apps running on other platforms...
I can understand why RIM wanted it on the playbook but why would really want to emulate android apps on windows or iOS?

Leonick said,
I seriously do not get the obsession with getting android or just smartphone apps running on other platforms...
I can understand why RIM wanted it on the playbook but why would really want to emulate android apps on windows or iOS?

Isn't it obvious? The basic idea is clearly to bring Android apps to Windows tablet devices. It's a good move I think given Windows 8 on the horizon, assuming they can write a metro version.

Enron said,
If they did a similar thing that ran iOS apps, would they get sued?

Yes.

Remember Android is open source so you can basically do anything you want with it. You cant with iOS.

Not sure I see the point myself

Smartphone and tablet optimised apps are built with touch input etc in mind. Apps designed with Windows in mind are bound to run better.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
Not sure I see the point myself

Smartphone and tablet optimised apps are built with touch input etc in mind. Apps designed with Windows in mind are bound to run better.


This is clearly designed to go onto Windows devices like tablets and such. Essentially giving them the ability to run both Windows and Android apps.

TCLN Ryster said,

This is clearly designed to go onto Windows devices like tablets and such. Essentially giving them the ability to run both Windows and Android apps.

Care to share why you would want it to run both ? Just curious.

seanseany said,
Care to share why you would want it to run both ? Just curious.

Developers; code for one device, have/sell your app to 2 markets without needing to update/fork/submit to more than 1 ecosystem.

n_K said,

Developers; code for one device, have/sell your app to 2 markets without needing to update/fork/submit to more than 1 ecosystem.

Poor show for developers which rely on this. Better to develop for the specific platform, doing anything else leads to poor user experience.

TCLN Ryster said,

This is clearly designed to go onto Windows devices like tablets and such. Essentially giving them the ability to run both Windows and Android apps.

To quote the article:

" It looks like this first version is for Windows 7 and Vista-based PCs only at this point. "

Hardcore Til I Die said,

To quote the article:

" It looks like this first version is for Windows 7 and Vista-based PCs only at this point. "


What's your point? Last time I checked, windows tablets were Windows 7-based PCs.

seanseany said,

Care to share why you would want it to run both ? Just curious.


Well for starters because most windows apps are not designed for touch. One example is that I'd much rather using a Facebook app designed for a touch interface, than try to use the facebook website in an internet explorer window.

Ive been using it since last night. Its interesting and has potential. The 1 hang up right now is that it will not allow you to load any "premium apps". That is supposed to happen in a future pro version. However, I dont know if this is something I would pay for.

Quick Shot said,
This would be a nifty thing on a windows 8 tablet

+1

It won't matter soon what product/os one uses as everything will become compatible and unified.

wow this is something amazing!!!!!!!!!
ehmm no! (for me)

but i guess some people will use it though, but whatever.

maybe this will be nice if it runs on Windows 8 ARM but who knows. xD oh well.

EmilyTheStrange said,
maybe this will be nice if it runs on Windows 8 ARM but who knows. xD oh well.

Should do when the Windows 8 ARM SDK is released, there is a Java ARM runtime already, but with the speeds of ARM and them being much slower for being much more efficient and consuming much less power, if they were able to run at a decent speed is something entirely different.

n_K said,

Should do when the Windows 8 ARM SDK is released, there is a Java ARM runtime already, but with the speeds of ARM and them being much slower for being much more efficient and consuming much less power, if they were able to run at a decent speed is something entirely different.

Running them on ARM should be quite easy, since they'd just be able to take the Dalvik VM-part of Android (which runs on ARM) and get it to run on Windows. I think it'd work better than this emulation stuff.

Install fails then when running hangs my w7x64 system. Reboot reveals a gadget with preinstalled apps that also hang the system. Interesting concept but unusable to me.

Hahaiah said,
Install fails then when running hangs my w7x64 system. Reboot reveals a gadget with preinstalled apps that also hang the system. Interesting concept but unusable to me.
same here. system hags at installation.

without an ability to install own apk it's useless... especially because it comes with locally popular apps only...

'If you don't own an Android device you can still download new apps on your PC via the BlueStacks App Channels, however, you will need a Facebook account to sign up.'
****ing fail.

n_K said,
'If you don't own an Android device you can still download new apps on your PC via the BlueStacks App Channels, however, you will need a Facebook account to sign up.'
****ing fail.

You can download / install software, but yep, need Facebook in order to install more apps.
In addition, leaving a commit / feedback about the app you have to sign up for 3rd party site (getsoftware something) or use an OpenID site (FB, Twitter, Google, etc) to even leave comments

n_K said,
'If you don't own an Android device you can still download new apps on your PC via the BlueStacks App Channels, however, you will need a Facebook account to sign up.'
****ing fail.

I laughed when I saw that.

Android apps on Windows? interesting

Although why 26 and not 25 or 30? Seems like a bit of an odd limit to choose?