Android becoming the multi-platform platform with BlueStacks

Android becoming the multi-platform platform with BlueStacks

Summary: Android may be poised to break into other platforms too. BlueStacks brings Android to the Windows world, and its virtual machine software looks like a decent solution to run Android within Windows.

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You know Google is happy with Android rising through the smartphone ranks, and beginning to do the same for tablets. It seems a new Android phone or tablet gets announced every day, with many more promised for the foreseeable future. In addition to that success, Android may be poised to break into other platforms, too. BlueStacks brings Android to the Windows world, and its virtual machine software to do so looks like a decent solution to run Android within Windows.

RIM created some noise with the news its upcoming PlayBook tablet would be able to run Android apps in a virtual machine. Android basically runs all its apps in a virtual machine environment due to Dalvik, so bringing that capability to other platforms is perhaps more straightforward than it would be for other operating systems. A lot of people were excited at the thought the PlayBook would be able to run all of those Android apps, so it makes sense that other platform users would benefit from the capability.

BlueStacks as demonstrated to SlashGear looks like a solid implementation of running Android under Windows. This solution creates a virtual machine running under Windows that virtualizes the entire Android OS. This full version of Froyo (Android 2.2) means that most apps written for the platform will run in a neat window under the full Windows OS. The cool thing about the BlueStacks approach is that the Android VM can use Windows drivers for talking to the hardware. This makes things like printing from Android apps easy to do while running under BlueStacks on Windows. It is possible to switch back and forth between Android and Windows apps using the virtual machine software.

Whether there will be practical applications for Android virtual machines like BlueStacks remains to be seen, but Android app developers will likely find this useful. It is interesting that Android has become so big that others are determined to have it running under other platforms.

Topics: Hardware, Android, Google, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • How does this compare?

    How does this compare to the Android emulator that comes with the Android SDK?

    I found the emulator very slow to start up and sluggish at best if trying to use its web browser.
    wkulecz
    • RE: Android becoming the multi-platform platform with BlueStacks

      @wkulecz It's not available to try yet but according to those who had a demo it is pretty snappy.
      JamesKendrick
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        i8thecat
  • Title is misleading.

    After reading the entire blog, I felt it should be written as Windows Platform can host Android with miminal effort. Your title is misleading because it sounds like Android is hosting Windows in a Virtual Machine, but it is the opposite way.
    Ram U
  • RE: Android becoming the multi-platform platform with BlueStacks

    deleted, duplicate post
    Ram U
  • RE: Android becoming the multi-platform platform with BlueStacks

    WoW you can run an old phone OS in a Windows VM!

    Why?
    tonymcs@...
  • RE: Android becoming the multi-platform platform with BlueStacks

    This is actually a very cool aspect and hopefully it gets developed and upkept as alot of potential uisage here.
    Fletchguy
  • RE: Android becoming the multi-platform platform with BlueStacks

    How does it compare with Youwave?
    otherplanet
  • Breaking down the OS walls

    I've long felt that there's an Agent Smith "sound of inevitability" to the OS disappearing into the type 1 hypervisor woodwork. It's been constrained to technical environments ... heck, even type 2 has been to date ... but maybe we've finally hit a tipping point in terms of desire for convergence among our applications and devices. And maybe broad type 2 usage will be the first steps.
    daboochmeister
  • i wanna start with the a calander like google calader..can any one help me?

    Refer to online Google Calendar application to learn how a typical calendar application works.
    The Common Calendar application can store and display calendar data of two different users.Each calendar can be displayed in either of following three modes: Day, Week and Month..
    hajisister