12 Feb 2013

BlueStacks Launches It's Official Android App Player on Windows 8

BlueStacks, the startup bringing Android applications to PCs and Macs, is releasing a version of its App Player for Windows 8 today, with special optimization for Surface Pro.

This release comes at an important time for Microsoft whose Surface device have had a lackluster start to their sale. With other Windows 8 tablets also struggling to break into the market. With BlueStacks, customers can run over 750,000 Android Applications on their Windows 8 computer, which is much greater than the 35,000 apps available on the Windows 8 app store.

BlueStacks has made this app special optimized for the Surface Pro. “The Surface Pro is an innovative device, but it has none of the top apps,” says BlueStacks CEO, Rosen Sharma. “This fixes that and adds a lot of value for buyers.”

BlueStacks now offers the ability to launch the Player from a tile pinned to the Windows 8 Start screen, and it includes a true full-screen mode. In earlier Windows 7 releases, that was not the case, as the software had left room for the BlueStacks control strip at the bottom of the screen. There’s also a new “Charms” menu, available on the right side of the screen, where the Back, Menu, Settings and Home buttons (for Android) are provided.

Bluestacks has now passed 5 million downloads of its mobile software across both Mac and PC, based on numbers from BlueStacks.com’s homepage. More recently it has done tie-ups with Asus, MSI and Lenovo which will see BlueStacks’ software preloaded onto the PCs in 2013, with similar deals expected with Dell and HP.

CEO Rosen Sharma also touted the release as a way for developers to bypass Microsoft's "onerous" submission process to get Android apps onto the x86 Surface Pro, and you can't argue with the price -- it's free, and available for download now.

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