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Editors' Review

by   / April 30, 2014

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.90.0.1046

  • Use your PC's dedicated NVIDIA GPU as BlueStacks' preferred graphics processor.
  • Improved graphics quality through updated Android configuration.
  • Cast skills rapidly and accurately using a preferred skill-casting mode.
  • Play games with a distinctive mouse cursor to improve its visibility.
  • Lock mouse cursor within the BlueStacks screen, F8 to release.
  • Enable / disable gamepad controller through a preference setting.
  • Play other games with same gamepad when BlueStacks minimized or in background.
  • View the BlueStacks version number.
  • Security bulletin 2019-001 DNS rebinding vulnerability.
  • Benefit from game compatibility improvements, bug fixes, and performance optimizations

General

Publisher Bluestacks
Publisher web site http://BlueStacks.com
Release Date May 27, 2019
Date Added June 03, 2019
Version 4.90.0.1046

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Operating Systems & Updates

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 454.01MB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,217,282
Downloads Last Week 788

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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