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).
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
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