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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite some growing pains, BlueStacks App Player is recommended for anyone who wants to open up the Android world on their PC or laptop.
BlueStacks is the first production software that allows you to use your favorite mobile apps on a Windows PC. You can download apps like Clash of Clans, WhatsApp, Angry Birds Space, Temple Run, Evernote or Documents to Go directly into BlueStacks, or sync the apps from your phone using the BlueStacks Cloud Connect Android app.
What's new in this version:
Version 0.8.12.3119 beta may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.