BlueStacks App Player bringing over 400,000 Android apps to Windows 8

Ian Hardy

January 10, 2012 8:35am

We haven’t covered much of the progression of Microsoft’s Windows 8, but what I can tell you is that the Samsung Windows 8 tablet will be coming to Canada. The date for now is unknown, but that’s why this news will be important. BlueStacks has an “App Player” that makes it possible for Android apps to run on a Windows PC or tablet. Today the company announced its compatibility with Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks. During a demo at CES, unfortunately not with the tablet but on a Windows 8 Ultrabook, they showed how customers will be able to access over 400,000 Android apps. Here’s a caption of the press release, plus a short video for your viewing pleasure.

“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. “The Metro UI is beautiful, but the number one thing Windows 8 is missing is apps,” noted BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. “This changes all that.” BlueStacks makes creating mobile apps for the Windows 8 platform unnecessary, as most every app built for Android will now run on Windows 8 without any porting. The software will support both standard desktop and Metro UI modes.”

  • Michael

    This is what RIMM was supposed to do! Nice will now look seriously at a windows phone!

    • idonkey

      That’s Rim future plans, in … 5 years.

  • Tharan

    Android is more and more becoming THE platform to develop for

  • Dave

    Congratulations, Microsoft! Windows has become OS/2.

    “BlueStacks makes creating mobile apps for the Windows 8 platform unnecessary.” Think about that a little.

  • blackprince

    Yay 400,000+ apps that don’t have that Metro feel and ultimately uninteresting ports. Dev’s better not underestimate the power of Metro and how important it is to incorporate as much metro as possible into their apps and applications.

  • Keith

    Google will let anything on Android but I wonder how this load of Android mostly crap will get along with Windows 8 security.

  • idonkey

    Windows 8 + Android apps = the END of idonkeys