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Android Apps On Your PC, Courtesy of BlueStacks

Earlier this morning BlueStacks announced that an alpha version of their free Android app player is now available for Windows PCs. Eye doctors everywhere are in tears because now you can use your Android apps on a PC with no strain to your eyes. After minutes of staring at a 4.3-inch device, my eyes are already sore – I would much rather stare at my computer screen (I am a writer after all).

Touche, BlueStacks. You just made wasting time on Android apps even easier. The free download can be found here, and for the time being it is PC only – us Mac users will have to wait a bit longer.


BlueStacks Releases Software Allowing Consumers to Run Android Apps on Windows PC

Alpha Version of BlueStacks App Player now available for free download

CAMPBELL, Calif. – October 11, 2011 – BlueStacks today announced the alpha version of BlueStacks App Player for Windows PC, a free software download that allows users to quickly run their favorite Android apps on any Windows PC, tablet or laptop. In addition, the apps can be run full screen providing a unique and new user experience.

With 56-percent of smartphone consumers purchasing an Android device in the last three months[1], it’s apparent that Android is rapidly becoming a preferred operating system. The BlueStacks App Player now gives users one-click access to their favorite Android apps right on their Windows PC. Both Windows and Android users stand to benefit greatly from this capability.

For application developers in the Android ecosystem, the BlueStacks App Player opens up a market of over a billion PC users. BlueStacks does not require any additional work on the part of developers and the apps run unmodified on the Windows PC.

“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.”

The BlueStacks community is growing strong with more than 100,000 Facebook fans, while the BlueStacks App Player is already receiving buy-in from leading consumer, gaming and media companies:

  • “This has huge implications for gaming. They’ve created 200,000 plus PC games overnight,” said Vladimir Funtikov, co-founder of popular game developer Creative Mobile
  • “Any incremental way for people to discover our apps and we’re in. With full-screen, this is a big one. It could bring a big shift,” said Markus Kassulke, CEO of HandyGames
  • “BlueStacks will do for Android what iOS has recently done for Apple. BlueStacks has enabled PopScrap.com to become the first cross-platform software application for the recycling industry,” said Stacy Duty, president and CEO of PopScrap.com.
  • “Outfit7 is very happy to partner with BlueStacks to bring Talking Tom Cat to PC users and hope they’ll treat him nice,” said Samo Login, chairman and CEO of Outfit7.

BlueStacks App Player has also been embraced by PC manufacturers and OEMs, who are looking to pre-load it on their devices. It has diverse uses from consumers to the enterprise, from running children’s education applications on classroom digital whiteboards to running internal enterprise apps on a PC.

Pricing and Availability

The alpha version of BlueStacks App Player is free, and can be downloaded at www.bluestacks.com.

Cheers Shane and Dereck!

  • vulupshatusk

    i right clicked on the set up in downloads and told it to check compatability then windows said dont check for program version and had an option for run program then it installed fine

  • Danefiction

    I get a strange error saying BlueStacks is no compatible with rocketdock. Please uninstall and try again. Is anyone else seeing this?

  • Babilon

    Another totally pointless app for my PC. I thought that this
    will really enable me to use PC as Android but it turns out it is just
    for those who already own an Android phone. Why would they bother?

    Ok, it enables you to run .APK files. Well you can’t get those from app store if you don’t have an Android phone.
    And not to mention I just lost two hours of my life as this behemoth also insisted on installing Vista SP2.
    Good luck to all those crazy investors that invested in this bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    You can also emulate the whole OS (and apps) with the SDK

  • Kevinxxx22

    is anyone else have the problem where it install but when you click on it it does nothing i dont get it win 7 64  does anyone know a fix 

  • DroidFan

    Installed, then saw facebook permissions. Uninstalled

  • Anonymous

    “and for the time being it is PC only – us Mac users will have to wait a bit longer.”  It’s “we Mac users”, nominative case.  Would you say “Us users will have to wait a bit longer”?  But feel free to ignore me, it’s not like you write for a living or anything.

  • arw01

    Got it installed, but cannot find the cloud connect mobile app.  At least none that look like they are from BlueStacks.  Anyone find that one yet?

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t get this thing to install at all, very bummed out same error as everyone else.

  • Anonymous

    Relatively worthless at the moment. Almost every one of my applications are “Available with Pro Version” considering there is no pro version and wont be for quite a while, this is an Alpha. What a load of crap. Would be nice if someone finds a way to sideload.

  • Sp4rxx

    Wow pretty cool – works like a charm!  Quick response too!

    Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz
    6GB RAM
    Win7 64 SP1 Pro

  • Got it to work on pc and got one app put on the pc, but now it forcecloses on my D3 everytime i try and sync 🙁

  • Anonymous

    works great for me even have root explorer runing on it to see how the emulator runs. im looking for anyone that can get the superuser app on there bluestacks so we can root it and remake it into anything we want!

  • Shawn McKee

    Did anyone see the Facebook permissions for the Cloud Connect Channels:
    Access my basic information
    Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I’ve made public.Send me emailBluestacks Channels may email me directly at [email protected]
    Post to Facebook as me
    Bluestacks Channels may post status messages, notes, photos, and videos on my behalfAccess my data any time
    Bluestacks Channels may access my data when I’m not using the applicationAccess my custom friend lists

    Seems a bit intrusive just for app syncing

  • Anonymous

    Is it weird that I’m a Mac guy? I’m die hard for Android, but I’ve got a Mac…

    • angermeans

      I’m in the same boat but find myself using Ubuntu more and more on my MacBook pro.

  • Patrikk Bailey

    This is pretty Kool, I figured out how to add a shortcut to open the Browser. Trying to get the Market to work…..

  • Worked for me, but I tried to move an app I paid for over to bluestacks and it never came over. Is it because it’s a paid app, because it’s a paid amazon app, or because I’m a lucky guy? I don’t know.  I do like what I see so far.

  • NoahRHPS

    Freezes up my computer during installation. Had to force the power off.

  • Derek

    For those it didn’t work for, check your sidebar gadgets. Tested and working great on an Asus EEE Slate B121 and T121, as well as Optiplex 960 (All windows 7 x64). Make sure you save it to your hard drive (don’t just choose “Run”). On my PC I tried “Run” and it failed, “Save” worked just fine though. 

  • Anonymous

    Ok, there is like a gazillion patents that have just been infringed… bring on the patent trolls….

    In any case, best to grab it now, while it is still available….

  • Anonymous

    Looks like it may be for Windows 7 only…bummer -_-

  • Anonymous

    i suppose us linux users will have a wait a lot longer for this, no?

  • Remember, this is a Windows Gadget. Right click on your desktop and select Gadgets, if you do not see it, then run the install again.  Thats what I had to do.  Once I redid the install, I was able to add the gadget to my desktop.  Also, if you want to install any apk’s you have on your local machine, you need to “open with” them with the HD-ApkHandler.exe that is in the default install dir (c:program files (x86 if you are on 64 bit)bluestacks”

    • Anonymous

      ahh, that makes total sense. I feel dumb now.(about the apk side-loading)

  • patrick4

    Especially since PC stands for personal computer. Mac = PC as does HP = PC and so on.

  • Anonymous

    It SUCKS.  Brought my Corei7 with 12 Gig or ram down to it’s knees.  Yeah it’s an alpha….but it’s VERY alpha.

    • worked perfectly fine on my almost 5 year old q6600 quadcore 4gb ram windows 7 machine

  • Levi Wilcox

    Did anyone test out the google music app yet? That would make it possible to download music from the cloud to your pc…

  • its a start i suppose. i thought this would be released for linux before windows or mac but whatever. maybe this will open up more development to people that dont have the equipment.


    Won’t download at all for me

  • This only works for Windows 7, nothing else

  • Anonymous

    nothing happened on  my win7.. hope i didnt download a VIRUS.

  • Erie215

    wont run 4 me :/

  • Billy Jenkins

    so does this mean those without tablets can use tablet only apps and games on their pc that don’t even work on smartphones?

    • Anonymous

      That may very well be the case.

    • No, not really. You don’t really get that great of a selection of apps. This is more of a proof-of-concept right now. Eventually, maybe, but I think that by the time they get there, Google would have already addressed these issues (either with getting rid of tablet-only apps — something that is almost here — or with something like an official Android lapdock, making running things on a PC irrelevant).

  • Tried it out and it’s really lame. Only like 30 apps total. Not worth it yet. Maybe when it’s out of alpha it’ll get better.

  • This is old news. I’ve been working with this for weeks now. Although, I will look at the issue of why people are having problems installing it.

  • DroidX_Owner

    BlueStacks (alpha) Setup Wizard ended prematurely

    BlueStacks (alpha) Setup Wizard ended prematurely because of an error.  Your system has not been modified.  To install this program at a later time, run Setup Wizard again.  Click the Finish button to exit the Setup Wizard.

    = FAIL.

    • Anonymous

      Seems to be working fine for me.


      May not work fast on older netbooks and tablets

      • Mctypething

        it’s working fine for u bro?

        • Billy Jenkins

          you mad bro? that you can’t use it? you mad bro?

          • Some Random Dude

             you glad bro?

          • Loquera

            don’t tease me bro….

    • caryzub

      i am getting the same error. it hangs when it is installing bluestacks instance. I have tried it multiple times.

    • It’s just you two because their is no issues installing this app on the PC. Check your issues on your PC first you might have something installed or running that doesn’t like it. Try restarting your PC first.

      • NoahRHPS

        It wont install on mine either and mine is brand new.

    • Bigsike

      Yep same error here on 3 different PC’s.

      • Anonymous

        It says it’s for windows 7 but I don’t know why it shouldn’t work on any version with the sidebar. Try right click and run in compatibility mode. That worked for me after getting the error. Windows 7 on a 3 year old cheap Toshiba Laptop

  • GCH

    too bad “PC” has become synonymous with “Windows”.  where’s the Linux support?

    • Anonymous

      +2 Linux!

      • anon

        +3 linux

        • Edlong

          What’s Linux?

  • DroidX_Owner

    Won’t install on my Win7 box.  Rolls back at the end.

  • Mike

    No joy for me…….gets to the end of the install and rolls back……..no changes made, program not installed

  • awesome. some games are legit but just unplayable on a mobile platform.

  • Ytram

    Finally that tower defense game might be playable!

  • Anonymous

    Wow….nice! Will have to download and give this app player a whirl.

    Also, Windows FTW! (Sorry, just had to!)

    • Joe

      117mb is a big download? This isn’t 1999.

      • Anonymous

        Err…hmm…maybe I thought it said 1.17gb…my mistake. lol

        But yeah, not a big download.

      • mike aim

        he was getting it from an AOL server room

  • Chamdroid