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BlueStacks Android app solution optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro

BlueStacks has been offering Windows users the ability to run Android apps for some time now. In fact, they launched in beta way back in March of last year. Of course, since that point we have seen numerous improvements. Not the least of which is additional apps. When they first launched on Windows, the apps were rather limited and now they are touting more than 750,000. And on that note, Bluestacks has recently been optimized for Windows 8 tablets including the Microsoft Surface Pro.

BlueStacks for Mac beta release brings 750,000 Android apps

The BlueStacks App Player has been available for Mac users, though, up until this point the app was an alpha release and the amount of available apps was rather limited. And for those not familiar with the BlueStacks App Player, this will allow Mac users to run Android apps on their OS X computer. This setup is also available for Windows users and some may be familiar with this setup under the ASUS@Vibe or AMD AppZone Player branding.

Qualcomm invests in BlueStacks Android player

Have you tried out BlueStacks? If you're reading this on a Windows PC, you really should - it's an impressively simple way to get Android apps onto your full-sized computer, and ever since the software's beta update, it's only gotten better. BlueStacks' success has not gone unnoticed: TechCrunch reports are surfacing that chip maker Qualcomm (you know, the Snapdragon people) has invested in the company after an unusually strong showing this month. The amount of dollars changing hands isn't clear, but sources say it's in the millions.

Bluestacks App Player hacked for root and Google Play Store access

The Bluetstacks Android app player is already a pretty cool little service: after its recent upgrade to Beta status, it can handle just about any Android app on a Windows PC. The beta can sync apps from your Android phone or tablet, or download them directly from third-party apps stores, but like Steve Austin, it can be so much more. Like any Android "device", if you want to make it better, stronger, faster, then you've got to root that sucker. XDA member xRepinsSporx did just that, and he's kindly showed the world how to follow suit. And yes, you can install the Google Play Store.

BlueStacks App Player for Windows enters beta

One of the more exciting non-hardware innovations to pop on the Android scene last year was BlueStacks, a comprehensive piece of Windows software that allowed Android apps to be downloaded and installed on standard PCs. The program has graduated from alpha and entered its first beta - download it from their website now. (Sorry Mac users - they're working on it.) The update brings a host of new features, better performance and integration - if you were turned off by a low featureset before, you'll definetely want to check it out now.

The amalgamated Android user: you guys really like blue jeans

Generalizations are bad, especially when applied to people. (Generally speaking, of course.) But every once in a while they can be a lot of fun, too. To that end BlueStacks, the makers of the popular proprietary Windows software that runs Android apps, have  put together the amalgamated Android man. It's a statistical view of the Android userbase, or at least the male portion, in a fancy infographic posted to their main site. The source of their information isn't revealed, but the presentation is interesting enough in its own right.

BlueStacks Android app player gets 550,000+ downloads

Just in case you were wondering, yes, ore excited about the prospect of running Android apps on their full-sized computer. BlueStacks, the startup software package that lets you easily run and sync Android apps to any Windows computer, has racked up more than half a million downloads since its  October debut. 550,000 downloads is an impressive achievement for a program that was only released in alpha form seven weeks ago, and at the time lacked support for anything other than Windows 7.

BlueStacks Android emulator expands to Windows XP and Vista

If you're still holding on to your ancient Windows XP machine and you've got a hankering to try out the impressive BlueStacks app emulator, today is your lucky day. The software is expanding support to older Windows versions, XP and Vista, and it already supported Windows 7. Other than the expanded platform support there isn't much new, since the premium version and the OS X version are still in development.You can download the software from their website. BlueStacks got a lot of attention when they debuted their Android emulator, which allows quick and easy access to free Android apps. Users can also move apps from their Android phone to BlueStacks on their computer using a software portal. The performance isn't great at the moment - you'll need a powerful computer to run games smoothly - but the ability to run Android apps relatively painless ly on desktop hardware is alluring. It'll only become more so as Windows moves into the tablet realm with Windows 8.The software is already showing up on at least one ViewSonic tablet. AMD agrees. The processor company invested 5.6 million dollars into the company to spur its development, and help create a viable base of touch-enabled apps for x86 netbooks and tablets. With all this interest comes some very exciting times for BlueStacks - we'll probably be seeing them at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. We'll be on the lookout for more feature and platform updates.
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