Bluestacks: The New Way To Run Android Apps On Windows

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This may sound odd, but I have been looking for a way to run android apps on my PC. This is due to the fact that I love reviewing apps. Installing un-popular apps from a Market that contains huge deposit of buggy apps can be highly risky. So, I’ve been thinking and searching for how I can test these apps on my PC. Even if the apps contain bugs, it’ll only affect the program required to run in on my PC.

My first option was to use the Android SDK which is not so user-friendly. I couldn’t find my way around it.

On the 27th of March, the new beta version of a Windows app called Bluestacks was released. Bluestacks allows you to test android apps on your PC. Bluestacks was first publicly released in October, 2011 (alpha version).

INSTALLATION

  • Depending on your connection, the installation of Bluestacks is likely to take quite some time. Visit www.bluestacks.com and hit the “Download Now” button. The installation file will be downloaded (3.6MB).
  • Launch the downloaded installer and follow the instructions just like every other windows app. It’s pretty simple. This is where you’ll have to wait for the remainder files to be downloaded. This is expected to take some time depending on your connection. I installed mine via a 3.5G connection and it took about 15 – 2o minutes.

PROS

  • Bluestacks gives you access to Android apps on the Android Market, GetJar, the Amazon AppStore and 1Mobile Market. It has a search bar on the home screen which allows you search directly for apps. When you type in an app to search for, it searches for the app on the four Android app download platforms available (Android Market, GetJar, the Amazon AppStore and 1Mobile Market)
  • One thing I like about Bluestacks is that it displays Apps suggestions on the right hand side of the screen based on the app you’re currently using. For instance, if you launch Whatsapp, it will display the related apps such as Kakoa Talk, Viber and the likes.
  • Bluestacks gives you the option to synchronize your Android phone with the desktop app. This allows you to have the apps you have installed on your android phone right on your PC and vise versa. You’ll be required to download the BlueStacks Cloud Connect app to enable this function. “After App Player installs on a machine, a prompt appears asking for Android device info, after which a code is generated that, once entered into Could Connect, enables the pairing of a Android device with the PC.”

CONS

  • Apps crash frequently: I know this happens in android itself. My Twitter for Android crashes too often immediately I refresh my timeline. May be it’s just my PC.
  • Your normal Windows actions won’t work on Bluestacks: Windows Actions like Control C, Control V and the likes doesn’t work in the Bluestacks windows. Predominantly, you’ll only use your mouse and the cursor keys. Well, this isn’t supposed to be a con but it is for me because I sometimes forget this while in the Bluestacks environment. At times, I feel like cutting and pasting a few sentences, I just slap the “Ctrl + C” keys and I’ll see letter “C” displayed on the screen. With time, I’ll get used to this.

Bluestacks is still in beta. However, one cannot expect a third party emulator like Bluestacks to work with 100% effeciency. It’s only an emulator, it’s not supposed to replace your android device.

Asides the above con, Bluestacks runs smoothly on my PC. I run it on a 6GB RAM, 2.13GHz Windows 7 powered machine and it’s fast. It works on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

I have installed and used several apps including Facebook for Android, Twitter for Android, Pulse, Dolphin Browser HD, Opera Mini, StumbleUpon, YourVerion, AngryBirds and many more.

Overall, Bluestacks is such a wonderful app to have on your PC if you are the type that’ll like to test several apps without getting your devices hurt, just like me.

BLUESTACKS IN PICS

Bluestacks Home screen
Bluestacks Home screen
Mobility Blog
Mobility Blog homepage using Dolphin Browser HD
Manage Apps Screen
Manage Apps Screen
Angry Birds Screen
Angry Birds Screen

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12 comments

  1. This could make Microsoft’s WOA tablets take off like a rocket.

    It also supports Windows 8.

    Imagine, the best of both worlds: Android apps and Windows 8 apos.

    certainly DROOLworthy!

  2. Thanks. I think I will give it a try.

    Think? Odd!

    Imagine a ROBOT THINKing! How times change!

    This bluestacks could make the upcoming Windows WOA tablets take off like rockets. (it already supports Windows 8).

    Imagine having the best of the Windows and Android world.

    A hybrid machine That would be DROOL_worthy!

    Imagine!

  3. Eye Bee Kay, I have tried it. I spent two hours enjoying it. I do not have to drool over this, mostly because most games are not optimized for Windows. You see, I have a pretty powerful machine but some games like fruit ninja just aren’t smooth. I had fun enjoying it though. I really hope you could try out this stuff so you can experiment with apps (android) that you so dearly love.

  4. Eye.bee.kay:

    I really enjoy your comment. If you haven’t downloaded and tried BlueStacks for yourself, I suggest you do. Otherwise, go troll somewhere else like a 5800 forum or something. LOL!

  5. @glenda:

    You see, I have a pretty powerful machine but some games like fruit ninja just aren’t smooth . I had fun enjoying it though . I really hope you could try out this stuff so you can experiment with apps ( android ) that you so dearly love.

    If you think running bluestack on your machine makes it pretty powerful, then it can explain why you don’t ever seem to have your opinions. Try other full desktop operating system on top of your Windows 7 through virtualization and see how powerful your machine is.

  6. “If you think running bluestack on your machine makes it pretty powerful, then it can explain why you don’t ever seem to have your opinions. Try other full desktop operating system on top of your Windows 7 through virtualization and see how powerful your machine is.” -Harry Echemco®

    I said I have a pretty powerful machine. I did not say BlueStacks made my machine powerful. Boy, you sure seem silly. Are you sure you know how to understand English?

    I do not need a virtual machine. My desktop runs XP, Vista, Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu. I can choose whatever OS I want to. An OS does not determine how powerful a machine is, the hardware does. Do you even know anything about PCs?

    Harry Echemco® and Eye.bee.kay, stop hating me just because I was able to experience BlueStacks. You can try it too you know. Do not be jealous. You lot makes funny comments. Have you downloaded and tried BlueStacks? I suggest you do and then come back in this blog. =)

  7. (
    Harry Echemco® and Eye.bee.kay, stop hating me just because I was able to experience BlueStack
    )

    Hate? O ga o! Na wa o!
    Never knew a glendaROBOT is capable of experiencing ‘persecution complex’.

    Why would anybody waste emotions hating a glendaROBOT?

    I am really learning everyday here.

    Harry, this app opens up lots of possibilities. Sure-there are many dual boot systems. But is there another method of reliably running Android apps on pc? It could give an appManiac like me a chance to see just what the Android app_noise is all about..

    I have not downloaded it yet – but i sure will. ..

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