Windows 8 to run Android apps via BlueStacks

Windows 8 already has plans to offer a way to directly purchase and download new programs via the Windows Store when it launches (hopefully) later this year. Now BlueStacks plans to offer up an app player that will allow Windows 8 to run all of the hundreds of thousands of apps on Google's Android Marketplace.

BlueStacks has already offered up its Android app player for Windows 7 and Vista back in October 2011. The upcoming Windows 8 version will take advantage of the operating system's Metro interface. As you can see in the above video, Android apps will have their own icons that will blend seamlessly into Windows 8's new touch screen user interface.

Venture Beat reports via CES 2012 that BlueStacks is hoping to making deals with makers of Windows 8-based notebooks and ultrabooks to pre-load its Android app player into their PCs. In fact it claims to have already signed an agreement with one of the, the Taiwan-based notebook maker InHon.

All in all it sounds like Windows 8 users won't lack for apps to play when the OS is finally released.

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