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.

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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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