BlueStacks on track to enable Android apps on 'any x86-based Windows device'

Summary:BlueStacks has been on the path to streamline support for Android OS apps on Windows-based devices. With some newly-secured venture capital, it's still on track.

BlueStacks has been on the path to streamline support for Android OS apps on Windows-based devices. With some newly-secured venture capital, it's still on track.

The Silicon Valley-based company has received $7.6 million in Series A financing from a large handful of investors to push development along.

Basically, BlueStacks's idea is that enterprise and consumer-grade computer users should be able to run both Android and Windows applications on the same device rather than having to shell out more money for and carry around two. BlueStacks reps also promised that there wouldn't be any lag time when launching and running Android apps on Windows, so the experience should be nearly seamless.

This could also benefit developers of both Android and Windows apps. If consumers aren't limited to a single OS (especially because it's not in the budget to buy multiple machines on multiple operating systems), then the market for demand could be much larger. Developers could save time by not having to optimize apps for different operating systems if one is already supported by another.

So far, BlueStacks has been working at enabling Android apps on x86-based tablets, netbooks, notebooks or all-in-one (AIO) computers. The software is expected to roll out in beta in either June or July. OEMS are will be handling pre-loading the technology on its products, so there shouldn't be any extra costs to consumers or IT departments.

Additionally, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton announced at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco on Wednesday that with a Citrix Receiver, BlueStacks's software acts as a plug-in and "can deliver any Android application to any device, enabling IT to embrace consumerization and make their employees more productive."

Topics: Android, Apps, Consumerization, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, Processors, Security, Software, Start-Ups, 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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