BlueStacks Announces Windows 8 Compatibility
Apps-on-PC company will bring 400,000+ 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.
BlueStacks runs Android apps on Windows 8
1. bloodline (Posts: 703; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
No I wouldnt, android apps are for android users.
I really dont think this should be allowed, its like mircosoft has been offered cheating material on a test.
I hope google does something
8. tbar (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)
What exactly do you want Google to do??? They don't own the apps. If I'm a developer, I LOVE this. It expands my market reach. And besides, as a consumer, this is better for EVERYBODY. I want OS agnostic devices. The best would be a piece of hardware that would allow me to load whatever OS I wanted on it.
Oh wait, but I'm not a fanboy without a brain . . .
2. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 648; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
As an iPhone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 user. I'll say YES. Only ppl that will say no, are selfish ppl, and I think Apple fans will also say NO, cos they want to be the only ones having many apps, running on their devices. Wouldnt it be nice if we could all go to the same App Store or Market to load apps, instead of Marketplace, Android Market and App store? Just a thought.
That will build a better competitive device competition, as no device will be given credit due to how many Apps are available in its store. Or at least which device can run many Apps, (where I think SGS 3 will be in the same level as iPhone 5)
6. bloodline (Posts: 703; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
This is just stupid.
All this is going to achieve is slowing down the competitive smart phone market.
The reason why the smartphone industry has sky rocketed is because of how competitive the market has become. Given windows android apps will slow the growth of the smartphone industry and stop the comepetitive edge.
9. tbar (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)
Actually, just the opposite. If Google can't be differentiated by something someone else is doing (app developer), they will have to continue to innovate. What's wrong with that?
16. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 648; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
@Bloodline, Apps don't encourage innovations, OS' and hardware do. If we all share same apps from the same market, that'll speed up innovations, where we will begin to choose phones based on what a phone can do, not how many Apps it's ecosystem have.
Just a Thought: If both iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2 were both running iOS, which phone most consumers will be buying?
19. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1702; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
the iPhone, they are willing to pay out the ass just to have that stupid Apple logo. Most of them don't even know what iOS is, only that its an iPhone
29. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 648; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
@EclipseGSX, I agree with you, most ppl I know that uses iPhone, don't even know which version is installed on their phone, or what is iOS, all they know is that sometimes when they connect their iPhone to their PC it says a new version is available, and that now they get "1" over the Settings Icon.
3. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Who cares what platform the apps were built for? I think most dev found out on the console market, that doing system specific games will only take you so far. It will only be a win, win, win when phones come to the same conclusion. I think all phone OS should see similar features.
20. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
system specific games you say? playstation=uncharted,god of war, littlebigplanet and more. nintendo=zelda, metroid, mario and more. . xbox=fable, halo, project gotham racing, and more
32. downphoenix (Posts: 2684; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
that's different because those are developers that are owned by the hardware manufacturers, they have no interest in making games for other platforms because it undercuts the reason for getting their platform.
4. frydaexiii (Posts: 1334; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I would say no...You can call me selfish all you want, but that's my stand...Apps are a huge selling point for phones and tablets. Just imagine if Apple Apps ran on Android or WP, who the hell would still buy an iPhone?
And the worst part about this is that Microsoft will most definitely use this as a selling point for WP8, which is just dirty...
5. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Thats so true unless u like an iphone diehard and is in live with how it looks, than noboby will be getting an iphone and sales for apple will drop dramatically!
14. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 648; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
So you think ppl, buy iPhone due to how many Apps are available at Apps Store?
7. nightmare (Posts: 28; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
this is awesome.it wil bring more competition on OS development and innovation.great and new OSes wil b introduced without the being dismisd due 2 lack of apps.either way us consumers are the greatest beneficiaries of this
10. tbar (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)
Wow! It is amazing to me to read comments from anti-Apple, anti-Google, anti-Microsoft people. I personally want them all to succeed. The more competition there is between them, the better the products are that we can consider. One company is not smarter, does not have more integrity, is not more evil than any of the others. They are just different and they approach thing from different perspectives. Who benefits from that? We do!!
11. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Beautiful move on MS's part. Fix their last main redmark by using their competitor's apps.
By this time next year, the ONLY system that wont be android app compatible is iOS. Both RIM and MS are hooking into the android app market. That should do wonders for the quality of apps in the market. Of course, it could also do damage for compatibility, so its a double edged sword.
24. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)
I was scrolling down for your comment and I it.
12. refreak (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
yeah, that will be a great boost for windows phone users....
I mean they will get it all, the wp's amazing style and the android's awsome apps..
2 in 1, sounds great
13. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
Great idea. Why are people so upset about this move? With this integration the lack of apps discussion for Windows Phone will become nonexistent. This means the choice consumers have is which ecosystem they feel is best for them, not which OS has the most apps. This would make manufacturers of these devices try to diferentiate themselves from the hardware, looks and UIs they offer.
15. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
this will be very bad news for wp7 developers and that is why microsoft should not even think of it.
23. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
i don't see how it would be bad for them considering they could then create apps for android and they would work on wp8 when it releases. they would be able to work with both os's potentially making a bigger profit or more downloads due to them having apps on both of the os's and not just one.
26. Penny (Posts: 1385; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
This is not bad for developers. Early developers on the WP7 platform wanted to gain some ground before the OS got popular and the marketplace got populated, but they only developed BECAUSE they wanted it to take off. The platform's success is their success because it just means that they can reach more people.
27. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i dont see why that is at all, drahmad. A lot of the android market wont be compatable with the WP7 devices. Things like google maps and the more advanced games are more than likely not going to be able to make the leap. Then there is potential compatibility problems and lag issues due to the fact that its running in a compatibility mode.
WP8 getting android apps is a brilliant stop gap. It immediately stops the complaints of lack of apps for the system. MS still has the best potential out of all its competitiors for awesome gaming when the Apollo update happens since it will add dual core support. Why do I say this? MS apps and games are made by the very same tool set that they make XBLA games off of... which is a pretty darn powerful toolset for a console, much less a cell phone.
So it will get the sheer volume of apps from the android hook up. But WP8 developers will still have the stronger toolset to make things like games and such work better on WP8. What they lose in increased competition between apps, they gain with the ability to have increased quality. And no matter how many apps you have, a quality app gets well known quick and sells quite well.
17. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 648; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Can I ask this? I know to some it'll sound like a stupid question
Do developers choose only one platform or do they develop app for all platform?
21. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
i really don't know either :/ any one mind answering please?
28. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
most developers will chose a platform.. say iOS or android and then port their games over to other OS's afterwards. since most developers do it in their spare time and not as part of a big company like Rovio or EA, it can take some time for the apps to move from one OS to the other. Thats why I love this cross OS app market move. I app market, multiple OS's compatible right off the bat.
30. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 648; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
@remixfa, thats where I agree with you. Most developers make Apps for multiple platforms, it's just those other developers that loves a certain phone from a certain platform that decides to stick to one platform and starve the other platforms from their App.
31. Penny (Posts: 1385; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Yeah, that does happen a lot, unfortunately. But it is rarely the case (in my experience) that a developer purposely ignores other platforms. More often then not, it comes down to the amount of resources a developer has. For each platform, there is a lot of development work that goes in, and that is why you find a lot of developers picking and choosing which OS they want to develop for first (they usually go with the one that will get them the most money/popularity). Big companies that have the resources to develop for all mobile platforms still don't always do it, because sometimes they may conclude that the costs outweigh the benefits of developing for that platform - this is usually the case when an OS hasn't yet gained enough market share for them to consider it worthwhile.
18. corporateJP (Posts: 2322; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
This could definitely be a game-changer.
22. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
i certainly think its a step in the right direction. Currently, we have so many different app stores where developers are trying to win over customers and providers are trying to cash in on the app explosion. This has caused a massive incompatibility to arise where one app bought one place does not work on another. Although I think a unified system much like the internet for app is far and away, I do think a little common sense needs to come from all this private me me me stuff. Breaking down these fences should eventually become a place where we can use any phone we want on any network anywhere in the world and with any app or os.
34. krazdjokr26 (unregistered)
i say great idea for all OS's... having an android phone and an ipad is frustrating some of the popular apps are not available for android phones.
but speaking specifically for WP. i really want them to succeed and the whole story about their "MarketPlace" is a big hinderance... android & ios apps would both be a great help!
...aren't they creating an "ipad version" of Microsoft Office?
35. briangorman2012 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)
will this be included on windows phones??? i have a windows 7.5(mango) phone wil i ba able to use this service with an update??
36. rohan24x7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
I really think its also about the quality of apps than the sheer number. For instance, the fruit ninja app is absolutely disgusting on wp8. I own it and thus I can tell. It looks a lot better on the iPhone 4. That kind of difference also makes things worse for Windows users. IMPO, if there wont be any compability issues, and if the apps will work just as smoothly as they do on their native OSs, then its awesome. I just need them to start right away. :D