Running an Android application on a Windows PC becomes reality on Tuesday thanks to a new application from BlueStacks.
The BlueStacks App Player for Windows PC is a free piece of software that allows Android users to run their favorite apps on any Windows PC. The applications can run full screen on a desktop PC using a new type of virtualization. The virtualization allows Windows users to run 10 pre-loaded applications straight out of the box. The technology took 10 engineers two years to build according to the company. “We use a very complex proprietary virtualization technology that took two years to build to make this happen,” said John Gargiulo, BlueStacks’ VP of Marketing, in an email to WinRumors. “It allows graphics-intensive apps like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja (built for ARM) to run full-screen without any special developer porting for the first time.”
Bluestacks is aiming to rack up 1 million customers downloads and is founded by former McAfee CTO and Cloud.com board member Rosen Sharma. The BlueStacks App Player will also interact with the company’s Cloud Connect software for Android. The application will allow users to push apps from their phone into BlueStacks on their PC via the cloud. The App Player works by installing a gadget onto a Windows 7 desktop. The gadget then provides access to the various inbuilt Android applications and the ability to download additional apps.
BlueStacks’ unique approach has attracted some strong initial partners too. Pre-loaded applications in the alpha release of the software include Bloomberg, LivingSocial, Huffington Post and Creative Mobile. The company hopes to attract more developers in future thanks to its unique proposition. A number of application developers will see this as an opportunity to get their Android applications into the hands of millions of Windows users.
The Alpha software is an early look at the company’s work but the firm is looking so solicit feedback for future software updates. There’s also a Mac version of the application in the works. “The openness of Android is enabling innovation around the world. We are grateful to Google and others for their contributions. This is also a social equalizer in the US and countries like Brazil, India and China, where a large percentage of the population who can only afford smartphones can now enjoy and benefit from the ubiquity of apps on the Android platform,” said Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks. “We look forward to getting feedback from our users on the alpha release.”
You can download the first alpha release of the software at bluestacks.com.