Are you the one who had been anxiously waiting to explore more Android applications on your PC or tablet? Your wait is over. BlueStacks has officially rolled out the free beta version of its Android App Player. BlueStacks Android App Player allows Windows-based PCs and tablets to run Android applications without modifying the original software or installing Android SDK.
With the beta release of Android App Player, the number of a handful supported applications in the Alpha stage has been increased to over 450,000. The six-month long Alpha testing of BlueStacks Android App Player had attracted more than 1 million users from over 100 countries, such as China, Korea, Germany, Brazil and U.S. During the alpha testing stage, over 4.5 million applications were run using BlueStacks Android App Player. The most popular applications among them were Wordfeud in Germany, WhatsApp in the U.S. and Kakao Talk in Korea.
The beta version
The beta version of BlueStacks Android App Player comes with a number of pre-installed applications, such as Talking Tom 2 Free, Google Sky Map, Crackle, Evernote, Pandora and Pulse among others. In addition to the pre-installed applications, you can install additional applications.
Powered by the LayerCake technology, BlueStacks Android App Player is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7 operating systems. The inclusion of LayerCake technology is a great improvement over the Alpha version. The LayerCake technology allows x86-based PCs to run applications originally written for devices with ARM processors, such as Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. LayerCake technology allows PC manufacturers to offer their customers the best of the Android environment. In addition, LayerCake technology leverages the sophisticated graphics capabilities of GPU, AMD and APU platforms.
BlueStacks Android App Player converts touch-based and sensor-based inputs into keyboard and mouse commands. In addition, the beta version of BlueStacks Android App Player supports pinch-to-zoom inputs, accelerometer commands and applications utilizing Android’s NDK. The support for NDK brings a number of popular applications, such as Air Attack HD and Angry Birds Space, to the BlueStacks Android App Player and increase the number of supported applications to about 450,000.
Recognition and collaboration
Recognized as the Best Software at CES 2012, BlueStacks Android App Player runs Android applications in full screen on PCs. The beta release of BlueStacks Android App Player also includes Direct AppStore Access and updated user interface.
A number of developers of notable applications, such as Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Evernote, StumbleUpon, Defender, SliceIt! and Fruit Ninja, have entered into partnership with BlueStacks to upload their applications in beta version of BlueStacks Android App Player.
With all these features, BlueStacks Android App Player is all set to become one of the most popular tools. However, the access to Android applications using BlueStacks Android App Player will not free all the time. Though everything is free to download and launch during the beta release, the finished product will come with a price.
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