BlueStacks that has been offering software that allows applications that to run on Windows 7 natively for a while. BluStacks is the name we’ve been hearing for a few months now, and at CES 2012 is where things comes true. Details after the jump!
BlueStacks’ app player will bring Android apps into Windows 8, enabling more than 400,000 apps to run on Microsoft’s Windows OS.
What App Player offers is a something unique, and one that will potentially open up all kinds of possibilities if it fulfills its potential. The start-up showcased a functional demo that featured Android apps appearing almost identical from Windows-based apps in the Metro interface as well.
The latest version of app player to be shown off is a new one, this time Windows 87 is the lucky recipient of the BlueStacks Magic, means that 400,000+ Android applictaions are instantly available to user of the app in an Windows 8 system.
As the Microsoft have demoed Windows 8 at the Customer Electronics Show 2012 with another great move to make Windows 8 version App Player is an obvious one. Having Android apps available on these new tablets opens up plenty of doors, both for users and developers of the aforementioned applications.
Important to note is the latest Windows 8 features a new user interface designed for apps that run in full-screen mode, like Android. The home screen has tiles populated with shortcuts and widgets with constantly updating information from your using apps similar to Android.
Are you a developer? Having your potential audience grow to everyone running a copy of Windows 8 can only be a good thing for business, and something that could have considerable benefits if leveraged correctly.
Windows 8 is Microsoft’s first operating system built with mobility in mind, using the new “Metro” user interface. BlueStacks will integrate over 400,000 Android apps seamlessly into the operating system, where they will take the form of tiles alongside other programs.
BlueStacks is actively collaborating with top PC manufacturers to pre-load the BlueStacks App Player on Ultrabooks, tablets, notebooks and all-in-one desktop PCs.
The idea of an app player that allows you to add Android apps to your Windows 8 Start Screen as if they were native Windows apps is pretty awesome.
While Windows 8 devices with x86 processors will be able to run millions of apps designed for Windows 7 and earlier, Windows 8 computers with ARM-based processors will only be able to run new apps designed for the new Metro user interface. As published in the earlier post.
Microsoft is also encouraging developers to write new apps for the platform, even though there are already 400000 Android apps available that are specially designed for touchscreen devices and tablet PCs. BlueStacks could effectively turn Windows 8 tablets into Android-based tablets, which also happen to run native Windows 8 apps.
BlueStacks in a press release confirmed its latest OEM partner, with Taiwanese manufacturer InHon set to release an Ultrabook with BlueStacks pre-installed sometime. At the end of February, a Beta status of Windows 8 to be pushed out and final release will be in time, according to the company.
BlueStack’s App Player is now available for other platforms, with an aim to make Android applications run as native solution, using App Players’ wrapper making all the magic. Finally, Bluestacks’ Sharma said a version for Mac fans is also in the works.