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BlueStacks App Player

By Bluestacks Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of BlueStacks App Player

  • Play and stream Android games and apps on PC
  • Last updated on 04/08/20
  • There have been 2 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Mac

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.190.0.5002

  • You now have the option to opt for WASD or MOBA control schemes in certain games. Play like a pro, either way.
  • Precision key controls for your in-game steering wheel are here for games like Dr. Driving, Real Racing, etc.
  • Gamepad control names have been simplified to help you. Simplicity is the key to life.
  • Improvement in the gameplay experience of various games, such as Free Fire.
  • We have reduced the minuscule time delay while switching control schemes. Every second counts in the 21st century.
  • Users with high-end machines will now notice less CPU usage. Winter has arrived, for your CPU.
  • Gamepad performance has been enhanced. Your controller has been put on a healthy diet.
  • Various other bug fixes and improvements.

General

Release April 8, 2020
Date Added April 8, 2020
Version 4.190.0.5002

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,244,843
Downloads Last Week 401
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Developer's Description

Bluestacks enables you to run Android applications and games on your PC. BlueStacks and their 140 million users empower the world to play Android games directly on PC. As the largest mobile gaming platform for PC and Mac, we give players the tools they need to be the more competitive.

Assign your keyboard and mouse to the actions you want to perform in your game with our simple keymapping tool. Save you keymap and use it each time you play to save time. Not only can you map taps buy you can also map tilting, swiping, and many more native mobile actions directly to your keyboard or mouse. Imagine how much quicker you can be in games like VainGlory or Clash Royale if you could point with the precision of a mouse.

App Player now acts more akin to a Browser interface, allowing users to play multiple apps at once. Keep your messenger running in a tab while you take a stab at new games. Play an app while another is downloading ... the possibilities for use are endless.

Users can now enjoy easy access to functions like set location, shake the screen, adjust volume, and many more. Try out all these actions inside the new Toolbar on the left side of App Player. To fully immerse yourself inside of App Player, simply click the Full Screen button.

We constantly look at our users' feedback and are ready to release new optimizations for some of the most requested apps.

Here are some of our favorites:

    We added a BlueStacks TV window to App Player, and inside we've curated live streams based on what we think you specifically would be interested in. Don't waste time searching for a stream when you could already be watching one.
    We've cut away all the special equipment, software, and hassle to bring you the easiest streaming experience. Once you're live, you can easily keep track of your viewers and interact with them in your Twitch chat. Don't forget to use headphones. Watching a game is always more fun with friends.
    We added real time Twitch chat to all live streams so you can join in on the conversation. Share your live stream quickly to Facebook and Twitter. Add #BlueStacksTV so that we can feature your stream on our social media. We can't wait to see how you use BlueStacks TV and make it your own.

We'll be watching so we can improve your experience as fast as possible.