Back in October, a company called BlueStacks launched a beta version of its software that allowed a number of apps made for Google's Android OS to run on Windows PCs. Today, a deal was announced that will give BlueStacks an even bigger slice of the PC pie.
News.com reports that Asus will begin to offer BlueStacks as part of the company's PC software lineup. Specifically, Asus will include BlueStacks in the asus@vibe service, which ships on all of Asus' PCs. Existing Asus PC owners with the Asus@vibe platform can get access to BlueStacks starting today. New Asus PCs with BlueStacks already installed will begin shipment in September. This means that BlueStacks will be available on as many as 30 million PCs, representing a new audience for a lot of Android app developers.
The article states that Asus PC owners will be able to access BlueStacks and play hundreds of thousands of Android apps on their computers for free for six months. After that, just 50 of the top Android apps can be played for free on BlueStacks. Asus owners will then have an option to pay a subscription fee to regain access to all of the Android apps. Pricing for this subscription has yet to be revealed.