BlueStacks has a dream: to bring mobile apps to the desktop. It does this by virtualizing an Android device on your Windows 7 PC (sorry Mac folks), allowing you to download and use all but a small fraction of free Android apps.
To that end, the company has released its first beta, a polished and in some cases hardware accelerated version of the alpha they released last year. Now apps open quickly, scroll smoothly and generally perform better than before, and you can control the orientation of the app via the arrow buttons.
They’ve also added a Cloud Connect app to the Play Store which allows you to cloud sync the apps on your phone to the BlueStacks player, a courtesy that will likely save users a lot of time in the long run. Though we’re not sure the experience will satisfy PC users or Android users — these ARM-based apps are not optimized to run on x86 processors, nor are they designed to be used with a mouse and keyboard — BlueStacks is opening up a world of free Angry Birds, Temple Run and, well, any other free app to the wider community.
The beta is available today along with the Cloud Connect app, and in partnership with GetJar, 1Mobile and Amazon, they are making it easy to install a large number of apps that are available on Google Play. Check out a demo video after the break.