BlueStacks announced at CES that its Android App Player will be compatible with Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft’s Windows OS which will work on both notebooks and tablets. BlueStacks’ Android App Player is an Android emulator for Windows, which is compatible with ARM and X86 hardware.
It unveiled an alpha version in October 2011, and will now support Windows 8 as well. The beta version of BlueStacks will be released in February 2012, with the final version coming later in 2012.
Check out our previous coverage of BlueStacks: Run Android Apps and Games in Windows with BlueStacks
BlueStacks demonstrated its technology on a Windows 8 Ultrabook at CES. Its Android App Player will integrate all the apps in the Android market, over 400,000 of them, seamlessly into Windows 8. It will support both the Windows 8 desktop mode and the Metro mode. Getting developers to create apps for Windows 8 was going to be one of Microsoft’s biggest challenges. While this doesn’t obviate the need for native Windows 8 apps, it does bring Android vast library of apps to Windows 8.
“The Metro UI is beautiful, but the number one thing Windows 8 is missing is apps. This changes all that,” noted BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma.
BlueStacks recently raised funding, and is working with PC manufacturers and OEMs to pre-load the Bluestacks App Player on their devices.
Check out our complete CES 2012 coverage: Techie-Buzz @ CES 2012