Turns out that there will be no Android/Windows 8 dual-booting tablets in the cards for Asus this year. That teaser the company released last week was referring to a much more subtle (and certainly more cost-effective) solution, the bundling of BlueStacks Android app player in all future Asus PCs.
The integration will come as Microsoft aims to launch its Windows Store in all Windows 8 PCs; Asus and BlueStacks provide access to hundreds of thousands of Android apps in fullscreen windows, and though many of them are not optimized for large displays, it is a fairly elegant solution to a big problem.
BlueStacks will be bundled into Asus’ @vibe portal, the company’s entertainment hub. Access to the full range of apps will be free for six months, and will cost an unspecified amount after that date. The app will be downloadable via asus@vibe starting today, and will be bundled into Windows 7 and 8 machines starting in September.
We took a look at BlueStacks when it reached beta, and it is a fantastic solution to a problem many didn’t know they had.