BlueStacks App Player pushes Android onto most Windows devices

Summary:BlueStacks continues to push Android into the Windows world with the alpha version of its app player.

BlueStacks continues to open up access to and integration of Android apps on Windows machines with the introduction of the alpha version of the BlueStacks App Player for Windows PCs.

Essentially, it is a free software solution that enables users to run Android applications on any Windows device, including desktops, laptops, netbooks, and tablets.

Developers have an opportunity here, as BlueStacks touts, because the App Player opens up Android space to over a billion PC users, and it does not require any additional work because the apps can run unmodified on the Windows PC.

It presents opportunities both in the consumer and enterprise markets as well, with potential uses ranging from running children’s education applications on classroom digital whiteboards to running internal enterprise apps on a desktop.

BlueStacks is finding a particular niche internationally thanks to the open source and budget-friendly qualities to Android apps. Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks, explained in a statement:

The openness of Android is enabling innovation around the world. We are grateful to Google and others for their contributions. This is also a social equalizer in the US and countries like Brazil, India and China, where a large percentage of the population who can only afford smartphones can now enjoy and benefit from the ubiquity of apps on the Android platform.

Additionally, BlueStacks has unveiled Cloud Connect, a cloud-based service that enables a Windows PC to become an extension of a mobile device. In turn, this allows for any application on an Android device to be sent to a user's PC with a simple three-step method: point, click and sync.

The alpha version of BlueStacks App Player is free and can be downloaded now.

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Topics: Android, Apps, India, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, PCs, Security, Software, Windows

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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