BlueStacks App Player

BlueStacks App Player


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 136 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
0.9.1.4070
File Size:
71.49KB
Date Added:
September 18, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,883,440
Downloads Last Week:
26,836
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

BlueStacks App Player displays apps inside a window and emulates Android's touchscreen motions with your mouse. It takes longer than tapping and swiping, but it works better than we expected, especially since it's still a beta release.

Pros

Apps in Windows: It does give you the ability to run Android apps on your desktop or laptop PC.

One for all: Using the same apps for both Android and Windows has potential advantages, including cross-platform familiarity, easy data transfer, and access to thousands of Android games, tools, and apps in Windows.

Cons

Beta: Like any beta release, BlueStacks has some bugginess. Disabling its startup and services entries in System Configuration and launching BlueStacks later when needed significantly improved the stability of both BlueStacks and Windows.

Subscription: Apps of the day can be downloaded for free, but there's a monthly fee to keep using your own apps on BlueStacks.

Lost in translation: Android apps don't look or run quite the same in Windows, and the interface and controls are different. Some apps are disappointing, but others translate well into Windows.

Bottom Line

Despite some growing pains, BlueStacks App Player is recommended for anyone who wants to open up the Android world on their PC or laptop.

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  • All Versions:

    3.0

    out of 136 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 22
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 18
    • 1 star: 43
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  • 1 stars

    "does not work on windows rt"

    August 16, 2014

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.12.3119

    Pros

    does not work on windows rt

    Cons

    does not work on windows rt

    Summary

    does not work on windows rt

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  • 3 stars

    "There is a much better emulator than bluestacks"

    July 30, 2014   |   By fishler

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.12.3119

    Pros

    I suggest you try "Andy" www.andyroid.net, it's a fully blown android devices running on your PC instead of an app player

    Cons

    Bluestacks has allot of issues with app compatibility

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  • 2 stars

    "Tried this twice. I don't think there will be a third."

    July 19, 2014   |   By Mashkai

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.12.3119

    Pros

    Easy to use.
    Wide selection.
    Has no issues connecting to the internet unlike some of its competition.

    Cons

    Extreme amounts of lag.

    Summary

    I love this program in theory. I first tried it over a year ago but the lag issues quickly got too irritating to deal with. So, I uninstalled it and figured that I would try again in the future when some of the kinks were worked out. Unfortunately, the lag issues are still a major issue and this time they come with ads. The games/apps are still playable but barely. Anything timed or requiring quicker reflexes is unlikely to work well.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great for the few games I play, Except for one."

    July 11, 2014   |   By JayRW

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.11.3116

    Pros

    -Runs a lot of apps properly (it's no longer in beta).
    -Performance is pretty good especially ever since they moved from Gingerbread to 4.0.4 ICS OS (PC i7 920 @ 3.6ghz / EVGA GTX 480 / 12GB / Win 7 64)
    -Free (for now) you just have to deal with random apps being installed almost daily, or pay $2 / month.

    Cons

    -Simpsons Tapped Out has problems with Nvidia GPU's (bluestacks itself crashes), Doesn't happen on AMD GPU's with latest drivers installed from my experience.
    -Bluestacks customer support is non-existent, they shutdown their support forum recently and have never once replied to any of my Facebook messages, emails or problem reports generated by the app itself.

    Summary

    Family Guy, Plants vs Zombies 2, Candy Crush, Farm Heroes Saga all run great except for minor slowdown with PvsZ 2, Simpsons Tapped Out runs good but has a frequent crashing issue which causes the bluestacks front end to stop working, after a lot of troubleshooting I've been able to determine it's a compatibility issue with Nvidia GPU's.

    Bluestacks support won't acknowledge my query about this and from my experience & glitches with the program over the last 2 years I believe they mainly work with AMD hardware during development but don't quote me on this.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great tool for social media"

    July 01, 2014   |   By smith symonds

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.11.3116

    Pros

    Whatsup is easily download on bluestacks .But before downloading data service of my number must switch on .bluestacks works flawless with whts up . Great tool !

    Cons

    as it's a heavy graphics tool , its slows down the system little bit .when I installed it

    Summary

    bluestacks is great for whts up , hangouts,line , these type of social media .

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  • 5 stars

    "Play apps on a bigger screen!"

    June 29, 2014   |   By xyrablake

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.10.3096 beta

    Pros

    Some apps, specially games, are just too difficult to use on a small touch screen. Running your apps on a computer through bluestacks and using a mouse is more efficient than tapping tiny buttons on a small touch screen.

    Cons

    Obviously, there's no gyro in your computer

    Summary

    Running game apps on your computer is way better than tapping minisule buttons on a touchscreen

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  • 5 stars

    "Frees up phone storage"

    June 29, 2014   |   By fernandj90

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.10.3096 beta

    Pros

    I play so many games on my android phone, that my memory is running out. Playing my apps on my computer via bluestacks allows me to uninstall apps on my phone so i can free up storage space.

    Cons

    I wish more games are available on bluestacks

    Summary

    If you're running out of phone memory, you can still enjoy you apps on your computer via bluestacks.

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  • 5 stars

    "Shows Less Ads"

    June 26, 2014   |   By w.kevin38

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.8.10.3096 beta

    Pros

    Shows less ads than on mobile. And since I use my mouse and keyboard, i dont accidentally trigger those pesky ads anymore.

    Cons

    None relating to ads

    Summary

    If you tend to accidentally trigger the ads on your mobile apps, using bluestacks is a good solution.

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  • 3 stars

    "Current version is 0.8.10.3096 - Still no mouse shake!"

    June 14, 2014   |   By bratandpest

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.7.18.921 beta

    Pros

    It is getting more and more stable

    Cons

    Still no shake/accelerometer support for PCs!

    How hard would it be to use right/center click mouse movements to simulate the hardware accelerometer?

    Summary

    It's lame/stupid to market this to the PC market without no shake/accelerometer support!

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  • 5 stars

    "App Sync feature makes downloading convenient"

    June 01, 2014   |   By jonsonlarry91

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.7.18.921 beta

    Pros

    By logging in to your google account through bluestacks, you can easily access your previous mobile downloads on your computer.

    Cons

    Logging in takes a while, but after that, everything goes faster.

    Summary

    The App Sync feature helps you easily access on the computer your favorite mobile apps.

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