Jan 10 AT 9:43 AM Anthony Domanico 25 Comments

BlueStacks brings 400,000 Android apps to Windows 8

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system was built with mobility in mind, a fact made readily apparent looking at the Metro UI platform in Windows 8. Though BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma believes the Windows 8 platform is beautiful, he also suggests that the main problem with the unreleased Windows 8 thus far is the lack of applications for the Windows operating system, something his company is looking to remedy with today’s announcement.

In a press release issued this morning, BlueStacks has indicated that their App Player software is now compatible with Windows 8. The BlueStacks App Player is a Windows program that gives PC users the ability to use the over 400,000 Android Market applications on their Windows devices.

The App Player will be compatible with both the standard desktop and Metro UI Windows 8 platforms, and owners of Windows 8 powered desktops, laptops and tablets should be able to run Android applications flawlessly.

Once Windows 8 is released to the general public, we’ll be sure to give BlueStacks App Player a run through. For now, check out the video BlueStacks released showing off their App Player for Windows 8 program below.

Show Press Release

BlueStacks Announces Windows 8 Compatibility

Apps-on-PC company will bring 350,000+ Android apps to Windows 8 in 2012.
OEMs to release BlueStacks-enabled Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks.

CAMPBELL, CA — January 10, 2012 — BlueStacks announced today that its “App Player” software, which runs mobile apps natively on PCs and tablets, is now compatible with Windows 8. The company demonstrated the technology on a Windows 8 Ultrabook at CES today with reporters.

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s first operating system built with mobility in mind, using the new “Metro” user interface. BlueStacks will integrate over 400,000 Android apps seamlessly into the operating system, where they will take the form of tiles alongside other programs. “The Metro UI is beautiful, but the number one thing Windows 8 is missing is apps,” noted BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. “This changes all that.” BlueStacks makes creating mobile apps for the Windows 8 platform unnecessary, as most every app built for Android will now run on Windows 8 without any porting. The software will support both standard desktop and Metro UI modes.

BlueStacks is actively collaborating with top PC manufacturers to pre-load the BlueStacks App Player on Ultrabooks, tablets, notebooks and all-in-one desktop PCs. Their newest in a series of OEM partnerships is one with the Taiwanese manufacturer InHon. Inhon plans to release its first Ultrabook in March 2012 with BlueStacks App Player pre-loaded, followed by a Windows 8 Ultrabook later this year. “So many of the applications that people want to use have moved to mobile platforms,” said InHon CEO HongFan Wei from Taiwan. “We’re excited to be first to market with a Windows 8 Ultrabook that combines the best apps from both worlds.”

BlueStacks was named a CES Innovations winner for 2012 at the conference this week. It is the only program worldwide that can run native mobile applications that are ARM-based or x86, windowed or fullscreen, on Windows PCs and tablets.

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  • Alan Reboli

    This is what windows needs, the power of Android. Nice!

  • kazahani

    I wonder how many apps were designed with something like this in mind. Sure, there are 400k apps available for Android, but how many of those are actually going to work fluidly?

    • lancaster09

      I assume that it works like an emulator…either way this is great news for developers. It just means more customers.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Wow. This seems like a really great thing… although it feels weird. But, I think this could potentially be super fantastic! Being able to use Android apps on, what will hopefully be, the world’s most used desktop OS is really great. Developers would have an even more gigantic reach for their work. Hope it works as planned.

    • rfvgyhn

      Indeed. Not only is this good for Windows 8, it’s good for Android. With the addition of such a large audience, I think it will be hard for devs not to bring their apps to the market.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    I like how smooth W7 phones are but there just ain’t enough apps for them.. and I don’t think they are very customisable either but that is not such a huge issue..

    As long as the apps work smoothly this is great! :)

  • honourbound68

    this’ll really help windows 8. i hope that it works as advertised for their sake :)

  • the5thdimension

    People still love to talk shit about Android, but it’s evident that these other companies have come to include Android in their plan for success.

    RIM wants Android apps, Microsoft wants Android apps for their new Windows 8, and I mean even Apple took Android’s notification bar. I wouldn’t be surprised if the iPhone 5 had face unlock.

    Android is KING!

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      >> iPhone 5 had face unlock

      There’s already an iOS app developer making a face unlock app

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    Last time I checked the BlueStacks player barely worked. For one, you can’t just copy an .apk over. No, I am not even getting into DRM. Even if your app is free, without any form of copy-protection, you still can’t just move it to your Windows machine and launch it from BlueStacks. You need to somehow “sync” it with BlueStacks server. The problem is, their server rarely got the synchronization done. On top of that, some of the top apps were recognized by BlueStacks and would be excluded from the synchronization — that basically mean all the apps you ever want will never be made available. Instead, BlueStacks are trying to partner with those apps’ developer (and probably trying to sell those apps to you, too.)

    Unless the new player solves the problem above, I don’t see myself using it again.

    • delinear

      I have to admit, given all this, it sounds like running Android in a virtual machine like Virtualbox would be an easier solution, I’m not sure what BlueStacks add to the mix (presumably they are doing some kind of virtualisation themselves). I’ve never tried it though, so I don’t know what the support is like (I’m assuming on the desktop it will just fail when trying to use phone specific devices like the camera/gps etc but hardware is so varied I’d hope most apps at least fail elegantly already).

  • w00x

    Ok, cool. But what use would a PC user have for applications made mainly for MOBILE devices? My mind is boggled.

  • pjax

    Why isn’t bluestacks on Windows Phone 7?

    • thel0nerang3r

      Emulaton (if that’s what this is, as opposed to a JVM like Alien Davlik) requires a lot of processor power.

  • thel0nerang3r

    I’m curious how the interface will work. Most Android apps are designed for touch controls. Some with multitouch. How will that work with a Windows PC? Will require a touch screen?

  • Michael Brogdon

    I have a Windows 8 tablet (Samsung) and cannot get it to work right now. Hopefully it will start working correctly soon.

  • jakkuz

    It doesn’t require a touch screen, you can easily operate it with mouse and keyboard. However, there are still only few apps available trough Bluestack. But those like some news readers work even better than native roogle reader.

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com pryvateid

    I LOVE THE IDEA :D

  • lokidokie

    Looks good. I still use Windows as my main OS and I can’t see why I won’t use Win8.
    Access to my android apps? Yes please!

  • minimage

    One thing that’s always aggravated me on the Windows front is Citrix Receiver. If your Citrix environment is behind a VPN, you have to run a VPN client in Windows to access your apps remotely. This is not so of Citrix Receiver for OS X, IOS or Android; they ALL run with the Citrix Access Gateway client built-in. I wonder if BlueStacks could be the answer. Sure, like launching VPN, it would still be an extra step the users of other tablets don’t have to be bothered with, but I have a feeling I’d always be in that environment, anyway. Maybe it’s time to see how Windows 8 runs on a Fujitsu LifeBook…you know, so I can be ready!

  • vid500

    That’s great. As most of the people I use windows for my PC and it really drives me crazy that I can’t use the same and simple apps on the pc as I use them on the android devices. That’s really great news.

  • Futureboy

    I like it and if they can work out the issues mentioned above, it seems like a decent option, but I would still love to see a dual boot Windows/Android laptop/tablet with fast switching.

    • donger

      me too

  • LOL :) LOL :)

    This is just a ploy by MS to stop Android growth. Its a great thing for developers, but to take APKs off of phones I think is a “DRM” issue. Like always MS cant inspire people to develop for their mobile platform so they steal the “open” alternative. I know its not developed by MS, but how much of the 7 million dollars came from MS once they got wind of the upstart.

    Why would I want my mobile apps on PC? Modern Combat? I can just play COD. Docs to go? I have MS office? Andorids browser? I have Chrome/Firefox. Now it makes perfect sense form WP7, to get your OS in the pockets of users it requires mobile apps. Using the Android market for your apps and developing the OS would give you the Android backbone for your Wack OS.

    Typical MS no innovation just try to build on the other guys success. Just throw money at the problem till you win. IE Windows, Xbox, Kinnect, WP7, Internet Explorer. All copies of the popular technology at the time Qdos, PS2, Wii, Iphone, Mosaic.

    If Android ever fails I still wont use a Windows phone. Id use an Iphone long before it. One day MS will build something truley revolutionary from scratch all by themselves……LMAO Yea Right! =))

    Last I checked Hotmail would not work with Outlook with out a Hotfix or patch to make it retrieve the email and calender properly.

  • _Diego

    This could mean a boost for win8 on tablets or phones, but I hope that developers will create native apps. They tend to perform better…

  1. This is what windows needs, the power of Android. Nice!

  2. I wonder how many apps were designed with something like this in mind. Sure, there are 400k apps available for Android, but how many of those are actually going to work fluidly?

    • I assume that it works like an emulator…either way this is great news for developers. It just means more customers.

  3. Wow. This seems like a really great thing… although it feels weird. But, I think this could potentially be super fantastic! Being able to use Android apps on, what will hopefully be, the world’s most used desktop OS is really great. Developers would have an even more gigantic reach for their work. Hope it works as planned.

    • Indeed. Not only is this good for Windows 8, it’s good for Android. With the addition of such a large audience, I think it will be hard for devs not to bring their apps to the market.

  4. I like how smooth W7 phones are but there just ain’t enough apps for them.. and I don’t think they are very customisable either but that is not such a huge issue..

    As long as the apps work smoothly this is great! :)

  5. this’ll really help windows 8. i hope that it works as advertised for their sake :)

  6. People still love to talk shit about Android, but it’s evident that these other companies have come to include Android in their plan for success.

    RIM wants Android apps, Microsoft wants Android apps for their new Windows 8, and I mean even Apple took Android’s notification bar. I wouldn’t be surprised if the iPhone 5 had face unlock.

    Android is KING!

  7. Last time I checked the BlueStacks player barely worked. For one, you can’t just copy an .apk over. No, I am not even getting into DRM. Even if your app is free, without any form of copy-protection, you still can’t just move it to your Windows machine and launch it from BlueStacks. You need to somehow “sync” it with BlueStacks server. The problem is, their server rarely got the synchronization done. On top of that, some of the top apps were recognized by BlueStacks and would be excluded from the synchronization — that basically mean all the apps you ever want will never be made available. Instead, BlueStacks are trying to partner with those apps’ developer (and probably trying to sell those apps to you, too.)

    Unless the new player solves the problem above, I don’t see myself using it again.

    • I have to admit, given all this, it sounds like running Android in a virtual machine like Virtualbox would be an easier solution, I’m not sure what BlueStacks add to the mix (presumably they are doing some kind of virtualisation themselves). I’ve never tried it though, so I don’t know what the support is like (I’m assuming on the desktop it will just fail when trying to use phone specific devices like the camera/gps etc but hardware is so varied I’d hope most apps at least fail elegantly already).

  8. Ok, cool. But what use would a PC user have for applications made mainly for MOBILE devices? My mind is boggled.

  9. pjaxGuest 3 years ago

    Why isn’t bluestacks on Windows Phone 7?

    • Emulaton (if that’s what this is, as opposed to a JVM like Alien Davlik) requires a lot of processor power.

  10. I’m curious how the interface will work. Most Android apps are designed for touch controls. Some with multitouch. How will that work with a Windows PC? Will require a touch screen?

  11. Michael BrogdonGuest 3 years ago

    I have a Windows 8 tablet (Samsung) and cannot get it to work right now. Hopefully it will start working correctly soon.

  12. It doesn’t require a touch screen, you can easily operate it with mouse and keyboard. However, there are still only few apps available trough Bluestack. But those like some news readers work even better than native roogle reader.

  13. I LOVE THE IDEA :D

  14. Looks good. I still use Windows as my main OS and I can’t see why I won’t use Win8.
    Access to my android apps? Yes please!

  15. One thing that’s always aggravated me on the Windows front is Citrix Receiver. If your Citrix environment is behind a VPN, you have to run a VPN client in Windows to access your apps remotely. This is not so of Citrix Receiver for OS X, IOS or Android; they ALL run with the Citrix Access Gateway client built-in. I wonder if BlueStacks could be the answer. Sure, like launching VPN, it would still be an extra step the users of other tablets don’t have to be bothered with, but I have a feeling I’d always be in that environment, anyway. Maybe it’s time to see how Windows 8 runs on a Fujitsu LifeBook…you know, so I can be ready!

  16. That’s great. As most of the people I use windows for my PC and it really drives me crazy that I can’t use the same and simple apps on the pc as I use them on the android devices. That’s really great news.

  17. I like it and if they can work out the issues mentioned above, it seems like a decent option, but I would still love to see a dual boot Windows/Android laptop/tablet with fast switching.

  18. LOL :) LOL :)Guest 3 years ago

    This is just a ploy by MS to stop Android growth. Its a great thing for developers, but to take APKs off of phones I think is a “DRM” issue. Like always MS cant inspire people to develop for their mobile platform so they steal the “open” alternative. I know its not developed by MS, but how much of the 7 million dollars came from MS once they got wind of the upstart.

    Why would I want my mobile apps on PC? Modern Combat? I can just play COD. Docs to go? I have MS office? Andorids browser? I have Chrome/Firefox. Now it makes perfect sense form WP7, to get your OS in the pockets of users it requires mobile apps. Using the Android market for your apps and developing the OS would give you the Android backbone for your Wack OS.

    Typical MS no innovation just try to build on the other guys success. Just throw money at the problem till you win. IE Windows, Xbox, Kinnect, WP7, Internet Explorer. All copies of the popular technology at the time Qdos, PS2, Wii, Iphone, Mosaic.

    If Android ever fails I still wont use a Windows phone. Id use an Iphone long before it. One day MS will build something truley revolutionary from scratch all by themselves……LMAO Yea Right! =))

    Last I checked Hotmail would not work with Outlook with out a Hotfix or patch to make it retrieve the email and calender properly.

  19. This could mean a boost for win8 on tablets or phones, but I hope that developers will create native apps. They tend to perform better…