Bluestacks’ Android app player is an emulator that enables Android apps for Windows and Mac users. The new Windows 8/Surface Pro – optimized version will surely make users happy who found the 40,000 or so apps offered by Windows app market, sparse.
Previous versions of Windows were not touch-optimized and the app player had a difficult time emulating keyboard and mouse setups on Android, which is made primarily for touch-based input. Windows 8 was made with tablets in mind and provides a much improved environment to run Android apps on.
Using Bluestacks – Android Apps for Windows 8
Installing Bluestacks is a straight-forward experience. You press a bunch of buttons labeled “Next”, and the app player is installed.
Users should try the experience with a pinch of salt however, as the app player is still in beta and can be buggy and unresponsive on occasion Android apps for Windows are displayed in a simple GUI and are sorted into different categories.
To install an Android app for Windows in Bluestacks you need to have the installation package (*.apk file). However, there were several noticeable hiccups in the UI performance, with the app sometimes failing to register a mouse click/screen-tap.
Advantages of Bluestacks
There are some really great uses of Bluestacks on a desktop PC. Firstly, you are getting 750,000 Android apps for Windows 8. Secondly, you do not have to look at your phone every minute while working on a desktop.
For example, you can use Kik Messenger, WhatsApp, and various other Android apps for Windows 8 with the added convenience of a full-sized keyboard for faster input. However, the Surface PRO is really where it should shine. Having familiar Android apps for Windows 8 tablet as fast as the Surface PRO means that you get the best of both worlds. The software is still in need of some polishing, but its concept is great, and certainly has a future.
Download Bluestacks’ Android app player for Windows 8/Surface PRO. Let us know what you think about the Bluestacks.