Run Android apps on the PC with BlueStacks

BlueStack is a new Windows 7 program that enables you to run Android apps on your PC.

BlueStacks is a project who’s main goal is simply to run applications developed for the Google Android OS, on a computer running Windows 7.  Apparently, their solution is more convincing because these guys have managed to raise just over $ 7 million to create the software. And what you are going to discover in the following article is a video demonstration of this famous emulator.

Based on how it looks, BlueStack is currently in the Alpha version stage (the one before the more advanced beta) and it allows you to run Android apps in full screen, on your PC running Windows 7.



Android OS.

For those of you who may not know this yet, Android is the operating system for mobile devices from Google. The open source operating system is available for phone manufacturers since October 2008.

The first Android phone released was the HTC G1, released only in the United States. Orange leaves this phone as the HTC Dream while SFR offers the HTC Magic Google phone second generation, for which many improvements have been made.

How does BlueStack work?

The installation of BlueStack is frankly very simple. Once installed, find the desktop icon and double click it to launch the software.

A large home screen then opens, similar to what can be found on any Android device. From this point on, you can do anything you are already doing with the Android smartphone.

To return in Windows, it’s nothing very complicated since the software has on the right side of the screen a dedicated icon. Just one click and the emulator disappears and you get to see your Window’s desktop.

A feature of the program allows the app to synchronize between your device running Android and your PC running Windows 7. The current Alpha version of BlueStack allows you to install only 26 apps while 10 apps are already pre-installed with it.

A version for the Apple iOS is currently under development. BlueStack app is free for download. You should take into consideration the fact that restrictions are still present in this version, as it’s not possible to load apps like Angry Birds.

Bluestack natively integrates many Android applications like Bloomberg, LivingSocial, AOL’s Huffington Post, etc.

Another feature of the software is BlueStack Cloud Connect, that allows “push” applications from the mobile to the PC. We can imagine however that there are some limitations like no gyroscope on the PC, no GPS, no integration of any of the Google tools and so on.

The demonstration that you can notice below is with the Ninja Fruit game and in this case the controls are the keyboard and the mouse. However, if your Windows 7 device has a touch screen, the application will be able to work with it!

Sure, BlueStacks is not perfect yet, as the emulator has a tendency to crash a little bit, but without no doubt all of the issues of the application will be quickly corrected by the team in charge of the project.

In any case, for sure, when BlueStacks will finally land in your hand, it might make a bunch of you quite happy. We can only imagine that day when it will be installed on the touch pads running Windows 8. The software is designed for computers and tablets so with a digital solution behind them like BlueStack, we will enjoy an  insane catalog of applications and games.

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