BlueStacks' Android-on-Windows software ready for testing

By on October 11, 2011, 3:30 PM

Silicon Valley startup BlueStacks has officially launched the alpha version of its App Player for Windows, which lets users run Android apps in full screen on Windows 7. We covered the announcement of BlueStack's virtualization solution back in May, but starting today it is available for anyone to download and try it out. The basic player comes preloaded with 10 apps and can sync apps from an Android phone to your PC.

It works on any Windows 7 device including desktops, laptops, netbooks, and tablets. Users simply need to download and install the free App Player on their systems and the free Cloud Connect app to an Android device.

Once installed, the app places an Android gadget in the upper right corner of your screen where you can launch any of the preloaded Android apps. The apps themselves launch in a full-screen virtualized version of the Android operating system, and though are built for touchscreens, BlueStacks will also support mouse and keyboard input.

You can click on an option to add more apps, which requires you to log into the BlueStacks App Channels using a Facebook account. The current free alpha version only allows for 26 additional apps to be installed, but the company plans to lift that limitation in an upcoming App Player Pro that will also support 'premium' (paid) apps.

The company is also considering a Mac OS X version but says that it may be a while before one is available.

Since this is alpha software you'll still find a few bugs and BlueStacks admits not all apps are going to work perfectly at this point. However, they do see a big opportunity here as their App Player software opens up Android to over a billion PC users, and it does not require any additional work because the apps can run unmodified on the Windows PC.

The company raised $7.6 million in Series A funding earlier this year. BlueStacks is said to be working on partnerships with OEMs to offer the software pre-loaded on their Windows systems, and is teaming up with Citrix to deliver its virtualization solution to enterprise customers.

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Guest said:

Let me get this right in my mind... a company develop an application to run android apps on a pc. They raised $7million for something which in my mind is no more than a gimmick!

Hey look honey, I'm running angry birds on my laptop, oh wait, there's already a pc version! Meh!

Panda218 Panda218 said:

There aren't a lot of apps I would want to use on my desktop, but it would be useful to have access to them without having to pull out my phone.

1977TA said:

There aren't a lot of apps I would want to use on my desktop, but it would be useful to have access to them without having to pull out my phone.

I agree. If I'm firing up the desktop to game or whatever, I'm going to play a PC game. Don't get me wrong I love a good hand full on apps on my phone, but none of them compare to the "apps" on my pc.

I think this is a "look what we can do" program. Cool and all, but pointless.

Guest said:

Dont think about your PC but more anout Windows Tablet and phone :)

Running Android apps on your Windows Tablet could be very nice.


Aw... only on windows 7 :/

captainawesome captainawesome said:

I think its brilliant. Been looking for something like pulse for windows. Now it's ON windows

Guardian31756 said:

The only problem with the Pulse app on the Win7 desktop, You can't send a link to an email address.

Guardian31756 said:

Another problem that everyone is discovering is that all apps run in FULL SCREEN mode, as far as I can determined not 1 of my apps can be run windowed.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

This might be good on Windows 7 tablet to test out.

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