Could we see Android apps run on Surface and Windows RT?

Way back in January, BlueStacks announced that it would launch an app player that will allow Windows 8 PCs to run all of the hundreds of thousands of apps made for Google's Android OS. Later, BlueStacks announced a deal with AMD that would add BlueStacks support for AMD-based Windows 8 computers.

But what about tablets, such as Microsoft's own Surface, that are currently running on the ARM-based Windows RT operating system? It seems like BlueStacks is at least thinking about bringing its Android app emulator to that OS as well.

In an answer to a question posed by a person on the BlueStacks support forum, a rep for the company said, "We are considering offering BlueStacks for Windows R/T next year."

This would certainly be a huge boost for Windows RT, which by its own design can't run any programs made for older Windows operating systems. If BlueStacks could figure out a way to at least let Android apps run on the ARM-based OS, it would give tablets such as the current version of the Surface a much bigger application library than it currently has.

So far, there's no word from the company on how many Windows users have installed and used its Android player app. There's also a version of BlueStacks that's made for Mac owners, but that app is currently in the alpha stage of development.

Via: Surface Evangelist
Source: BlueStacks forum on GetSatisfaction.com

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I tried Bluestacks and while it was fairly nice for backing up my device, many apps require touch that wasn't emulated in any way for mouse or keyboard (at least that I could figure out).

It's some good software, but a bit bloaty. Although it would be good to see it on Windows RT, I don't think MS would allow it in the Windows Store.

Tried it on my w7 pc, had a look at the app on Android and wasn't really impressed.
It's the same ol' same ol' as on WP7 and iOS.
Some stuff is nice, but not worth installing and go through all the hoops.

But that's my opinion on this.

I'm all for this even if it means I have a couple of Android exclusive apps that I can run in a presumably cruddy emulator. If it has networking support I can see a good use for this but I by no means think that devs should use this as an excuse not to built WinRT apps using the proper APIs etc.

ingramator said,
I'm all for this even if it means I have a couple of Android exclusive apps that I can run in a presumably cruddy emulator. If it has networking support I can see a good use for this but I by no means think that devs should use this as an excuse not to built WinRT apps using the proper APIs etc.

Hopefully wifi scanning apps will work...

RT has little chance of succeeding, with android support, it would have a fighting chance. No one outside of tech circles even considers it and many inside don't either. x86 and we're all interested, but you know Microsoft...

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Waste of time. Call us when we can run x86 apps with this on Windows RT....

There's something for that it's called Not-Windows RT

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Waste of time. Call us when we can run x86 apps with this on Windows RT....

There are x86 emulators for Android AFAIK (I've seen WinXP on Android). Therefore, you could use this to emulate an android environment in which you could emulate an x86 environment. (Emulatorception) I'm not sure about performance though.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Waste of time. Call us when we can run x86 apps with this on Windows RT....

What x86 apps do you need for a tablet? x86 Windows tablets failed for a reason.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Waste of time. Call us when we can run x86 apps with this on Windows RT....

Its likely almost impossible because of different chip architecture (ARM is RISC and x86 is CISC). But there is some russian team who developed x86 emulator.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Waste of time. Call us when we can run x86 apps with this on Windows RT....

As long as we can also virtualize Norton to go with those x86 virus'

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Waste of time. Call us when we can run x86 apps with this on Windows RT....

I might be mistaken... but I think if you'd like to run x86 applications, you'd be better off purchasing a Surface Pro. I'm sure they'll run many many times better on it than on an emulator inside Windows RT (if that ever happened).

While android has a huge library of apps, I don't see this being particularly useful since Android doesn't have much tablet optimized apps. However, this has potential as I predict the Android tablet market picking up soon (Partly due to relatively cheap Nexus 7 & 10), and so devs will start developing more and more apps for Android tablets.