BlueStacks runs Android apps on Windows 8

BlueStacks runs Android apps on Windows 8
The upcoming Windows 8 promises to bring the future not only on your desktop but across various devices, but when it comes to Microsoft’s software - it’s still lacking the apps to challenge iOS and Android. The Windows Phone Marketplace just passed the 55,000 app threshold, but that multiple times less than the Android Market and the App Store. That’s where Bluestacks comes in with its software allowing you to run Android software on Windows 8.

"The Metro UI is beautiful, but the number one thing Windows 8 is missing is apps," BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma said. "This changes all that." 

At CES 2012, the company revealed a working demo of the program which will run Android applications of all sorts on Windows 8. Moreover, it integrates them with the Metro UI tiled styling, so Android apps look like native ones on Microsoft’s platform. Bluestacks’ app will support both the tiled view and the traditional one.

Interestingly, Bluestacks has been negotiating a deal with OEMs to come pre-installed on Windows 8 machines. Would you like to see Android apps on Windows Phone? 

source: CNET



1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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: Jan 18, 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: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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) #AppleFanWithDaDifference

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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: Jan 18, 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: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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: Oct 17, 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: Oct 05, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: Jun 09, 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: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

So you think ppl, buy iPhone due to how many Apps are available at Apps Store?

7. nightmare

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

this is 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: Jan 18, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Nov 24, 2011

I was scrolling down for your comment and I it.

25. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

and I like it*

12. refreak

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 18, 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: Jan 29, 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: Aug 20, 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: Oct 05, 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: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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: Oct 05, 2011

i really don't know either :/ any one mind answering please?

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@slimsoulja 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.

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