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

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.

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36 Comments

36. rohan24x7

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 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

35. briangorman2012

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 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??

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?

22. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

18. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This could definitely be a game-changer.

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: 1880; 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.

33. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

@Penny, you make sense.

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: 1880; 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.

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.

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

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*

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!!

7. nightmare

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 25, 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

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?

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.

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.

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