Android App Player for PCs Out in First Beta Version

by Sam Dean - Apr. 20, 2012Comments (1)

When the Android mobile OS (which isn't very old) was in its infancy, many critics expressed concerns that Apple had an insurmountable advantage with its App Store, and that the sheer number of available apps for the iPhone would ensure its dominance. Since then, the Android app ecosystem has absolutely flourished, and Google is stepping up its focus on Android apps and tools through Google Play.

Whether you're already well-versed in Android apps or new to them, did you know that you can easily run the apps on a Windows computer?  BlueStacks App Player is a free download for Windows users, and is coming soon in a Mac version. It's out in an official beta version, and there are useful videos available that make it easy to set up and use.

BlueStacks App Player was in a limited beta test version, but is now out in an beta version 1.0. It won an innovation award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and should be useful for those who want top Android apps to run on their PCs.

There is also an application called BlueStacks Cloud Connect, available on Google Play, that allows you to pick which apps you would like to sync from an Android device to your PC.

If you had used BlueStacks App Player in the alpha version, you'll notice that it has a totally redone user interface in the beta version. It's also much more compatible with Android apps that didn't work before, including advanced games and HD apps.

It would be nice to see this application arrive for platforms other than just Windows. In the meantime, there are a number of demo videos and videos showing how to install BlueStacks, including this one and this one showing BlueStacks in use on a 40-inch touchscreen TV. 

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