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Program that launches Android apps on Windows reaches 10 million downloads

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Program that launches Android apps on Windows reaches 10 million downloads
We've written about BlueStacks before - it's a Windows program that allows the user to run Android apps on their Windows PC. We've tried the app and it's pretty cool for the most part, but you wouldn't normally think that such kind of software will become very popular. How wrong can we be! It turns out that since its launch as a beta product about a year ago, BlueStacks has been downloaded some 10 million times!

Of course, that doesn't mean that the program has 10 million active users, but according to the company's Senior VP of Marketing, the number of active users is "spooky high." It also looks like none of BlueStacks' employees though that their software will prove to be so popular with users. According to CEO Rosen Sharma:

When we launched the beta we all took bets on where we’d be in one year. No one said 10 million.


Right now, BlueStacks is looking to get PC manufacturers to pre-load BlueStacks on their computers, with Lenovo already being on the list of willing companies. In addition, it's said that BlueStacks will soon get updated to support the most recent Android version - Jelly Bean.

Are you interested in running Android apps on your PC?

via: AllThingsD

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posted on 06 May 2013, 09:28 3

1. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


it's useful for the users owning an touch enabled windows system .. and for the Android developers to test their apps ....

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:34 3

3. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This app does not require a touch enabled device. It works pretty well with computer mouse.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:49 1

8. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


i said useful ..not compatible ... because with mouse its not that good to use.... i downloaded it mainly for some Android games and seriously its frustrating to use mouse ....

posted on 06 May 2013, 10:02

12. haseebzahid (Posts: 1802; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


multitouch mouse anyone heheheh

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:01

18. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


The best thing would be for VMWare to evolve and incorporate Android into its amazing list of supported software platforms. That way, you'll be able to emulate any OS on Windows, not just Android.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:32 13

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Why would I run android apps on my desktop? Wouldn't really be practical when you think about it.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:36 16

4. raunak (Posts: 498; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


I run Whatsapp in it.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:37 6

5. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Everyone in the world does not think the way you do.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:39 8

6. ekarapici (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Very slow application. Heavy and loading in one hour.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:42 3

7. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Are you using Windows 95?

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:49 1

9. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


This is the kind of software that end up getting multi-million dollar offers.

Good luck to them.

posted on 06 May 2013, 09:52 4

10. boosook (Posts: 907; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Poor W8 users... forced to download an emulator to run apps...

posted on 06 May 2013, 10:00 8

11. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


at least they can download an emulator to run apps...but you don't have any chance to run W8/windows apps..." I mean programs ..real computer programs" ...

posted on 06 May 2013, 10:12 2

14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


there's Linux™

posted on 06 May 2013, 10:21 1

15. boosook (Posts: 907; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Actually I run them on my PC or notebook! ;-) I have no interest in running windows applications on a tablet, I prefer the tablet to be cheaper, lighter and smaller than a full-featured PC, because I use it for different things.
And I suppose this is what 90% of tablet users think, given Surface tablets sales...

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:12

22. Shrihari (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Neither windows surface can run the programs " I mean programs ..real computer programs" ...

posted on 06 May 2013, 10:08 1

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Hahahaha™

posted on 06 May 2013, 11:55 6

16. Leo_MC (Posts: 479; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


No; Android apps can't do what Windows apps can.

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:37

17. alannyny (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


I would be 100% Android, but for the one legacy Windows program that I need to use (Intuit Quicken Property Manager). Therefore, I'd love an Android app that emulates Windows -- the reverse of Bluestacks.

And I have little hope that Quicken Rental will be developed any time soon as a standalone for Android, nor do I expect an equal (somewhat crappy) or better product that does the same thing from another developer.

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:39

19. JEverettnow (Posts: 162; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Sounds like a good idea. I would use this for 1st person shooters and apps like Gmob 365.

posted on 06 May 2013, 16:11

20. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Not intrested for PC.

But like I said before, the ability to run IOS Apps on Android devices would be epic.
There are many apps I want, but don't want them so bad that I would buy an iPhone or iPod to get them.

Android apps on Windows phone would at least open me up to the possibility of buying a Windows phone in the future. As it stands now I have too much invested in Android apps and features to start all over again in Windows.

I also have friends who refuse to give up iPhones because they would lose all their apps, even though they really want better phones. (their words not mine)

posted on 06 May 2013, 19:02

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Precisely why open source OS could do more to help both Android and Windows user achieve more with such tool. Android user could access apps and their data on windows platform helping them move to Microsoft environment if they want to.

The business could deployed this to achieve higher level of security from windows servers services and still get the flexibility of the android apps.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:44

23. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Bluestacks is a cool program, but it is very outdated right now. It also has poor 3D performance, so 3D games are largely out of the question. My computer is able to handle games like Crysis 2 on high with good framerates, but can't run a game like Temple Run at full speed?

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