Allows for running favorite mobile apps on a PC or Mac via a browser
Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
The award-winning BlueStacks App Player is an Android emulator for Windows and Mac OS X that allows users to run their favorite mobile apps on their desktop or laptop. BlueStacks was the recipient of both the Best Software and The Innovators Award at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2012.
BlueStacks was conceived in 2009, after a train trip across Switzerland when former McAfee Chief Technology Officer Suman Saraf's daughter wanted to play her favorite Android games on his laptop. BlueStacks' LayerCake framework went into development immediately and received financial backing by major technology companies like AMD and Qualcomm. It took a team of 10 engineers more than two years to complete BlueStacks. Since its initial alpha release in 2011, over 12 million people in more than 100 countries have downloaded BlueStacks.
The BlueStacks interface is very user-friendly and equally easy to navigate. BlueStacks can be fully configured to the user's specifications and the Cloud Connect feature allows users to port apps over from their Android devices to BlueStacks and vice versa. The built-in full screen button, introduced in the latest beta release, makes it easier for users to take advantage of the entire viewing field than was possible in earlier versions.
Installing BlueStacks is simple, but some users complain that the software does not come with a clean uninstall procedure. Notably, several apps, including Twitter, come pre-installed on BlueStacks and new apps can be downloaded through the program's full integration with Google Play and the Amazon App Store. With the Spotlight feature, users can download a new pre-selected paid app for free daily. BlueStacks is compatible with all of the most recent versions of Windows, all the way back to XP and since June 2012 has come pre-loaded on most ASUS PCs.
In addition to its partnerships with Qualcomm, AMD and ASUS, BlueStacks works extensively with developers like Halfbrick Studios, Pulse and COM2US to make the integration between BlueStacks and mobile devices seamless. However, a number of apps are incompatible with the software. As BlueStacks developers work through the beta stage, they plan to have universal app compatibility available for the final version release.
• Allows users to use Android apps on PC or Mac
• User-friendly and customizable interface
• Compatible with all Windows versions from XP to 8
• Integrated full-screen mode
• Cloud Connect connects mobile devices to BlueStacks
• Uses both Google Play and Amazon App Store
• Comes pre-installed on most ASUS PCs
• Not compatible with all apps
• Difficult to uninstall
• Software runs slowly, especially when running graphic intensive apps
• Potential for bugs as the software is still in beta
Enables wireless compatibility for most devices outfitted with proper hardware
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