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BlueStacks To Deliver 450,000 Android Apps To PCs


By Kristin Bent, CRN

March 27, 2012 5:04 PM ET

BlueStacks launched Tuesday the beta version of its Android App Player for PCs, a software tool that allows users to run Android applications on a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 PC.

The beta release is built off of BlueStacks’ patent-pending LayerCake technology, which enables apps written for ARM-based processors to run on x86-based desktop and notebook PCs. The company also said LayerCake allows for hardware graphics acceleration, meaning even graphics-heavy applications originally built for high-end tablets will now be compatible with PCs.

BlueStacks, a Silicon Valley-based startup founded by former McAfee CTO Rosen Sharma in 2009, eyed a market early-on for its App Player software.

[Related: AMD, With BlueStacks, Enables Android Apps On Windows Devices]

“You know, first there was Angry Birds on Chrome which was a big deal, then recently Steve Ballmer stood up at CES and announced that Cut the Rope had been ported to IE9 – with BlueStacks, it’s 450,000 apps coming to Windows at once,” said Sharma, who is also CEO of the company.

The alpha version of BlueStacks’ App Player was available last year from October to December, and was used by more than a million users in more than 100 countries, the company said. During those three months, over 4.5 million apps were downloaded to PCs.

via BlueStacks To Deliver 450,000 Android Apps To PCs.

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