BlueStacks App Player

BlueStacks App Player


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 134 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
0.8.12.3119
File Size:
12.24MB
Date Added:
July 14, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,669,549
Downloads Last Week:
22,773
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or may potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing or using this software.

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 User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.0

    out of 134 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 22
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 18
    • 1 star: 42
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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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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