How to run Android apps on Windows with BlueStacks

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

BlueStacks has rolled out the alpha version of its App Player for Windows. The software allows users to run their favorite Android apps on Windows-based PCs or tablets.

The free app - which runs full screen - is expected to open up an extremely lucrative market for Android devs. 



Indeed, BlueStacks does not require any additional work on the part of developers, as the apps load unmodified on a Windows PC.

"This has huge implications for gaming," said Vladimir Funtikov, co-founder of Creative Mobile. 

"[Essentially], they've created 200,000 plus PC games overnight."

BlueStacks App Player has already received positive accolades from a number of device manufacturers, including ViewSonic, which showcased a "dual-OS" tablet powered by Intel's Oak Trail processor at Computex 2011.

The device runs Windows 7 as its base OS, but is loaded with Bluestacks - allowing Android apps to happily co-exist within an x86 WinTel environment.

Meanwhile, AMD rep Phil Hughes advised tablet fans to keep BlueStacks on their radar screens for future purchases.

"BlueStacks is helping to reshape the tablet ecosystem by bridging the Windows and Android ecosystems together, thus opening up new app possibilities [for] AMD Fusion APU-powered tablets," he wrote in a recent blog post.