Program that launches Android apps on Windows reaches 10 million downloads

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:

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



1. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

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

3. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

8. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 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 ....

12. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

multitouch mouse anyone heheheh

18. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

4. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

I run Whatsapp in it.

5. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

6. ekarapici

Posts: 2; Member since: May 10, 2012

Very slow application. Heavy and loading in one hour.

7. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Are you using Windows 95?

9. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

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

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

11. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 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" ...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

there's Linux™

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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...

22. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012


17. alannyny

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

19. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

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

20. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 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)

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

23. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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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