Runs Android OS and apps on Windows computers, allowing you to enjoy playing games and using apps just like you would on your smartphone or tablet. BlueStacks is an easy to use yet powerful software solution designed to run Android apps right on your Windows machine, with the help of a Google account.
Boasting a very effective emulation engine, BlueStacks impresses thanks to its user-friendly approach, making everything easy as pie for all types of users, be they beginners or with a bit more computer knowledge. It looks exactly like the mobile platform, with all the proper buttons incorporated in the main window.
Once installed, you are required to input your existing Google account or create a new one, so that you can gain access to the Play Store.
Access, download and manage apps with ease
It is possible to download all games and apps available on Android from the Play Store, as well as play them with ease. You can navigate the Internet with the help of a built-in web browser, as well as check out your Twitter and Facebook account.
The app is available on a full-screen mode, while you can also make it smaller with just a click of the button. As stated above, the back, home and recent apps buttons are available, and help you easily browse through all the options offered with ease, and all installed items are going to create shortcuts in the Start screen (on Windows 8 and 8.1).
Tweak parameters and share items
Loading times are very good and the program runs with absolutely no errors. Most of the games, galleries and apps can be controlled by mouse, just like you would do on your typical touchscreen mobile phone.
Aside from that, you can share an item on Facebook and Twitter with great ease, view the time in a corner, enable or disable notifications and access the settings panel. The latter is quite familiar, seeing its design is almost identical with the Android one, and lets you manage sound, apps and contacts, as well as set date and time, change keyboard options and language.
Sync phone and PC, and import files
Another feature that’s worth mentioning is the so-called Cloud Connect, a separate tool designed to allow users to automatically sync their apps, updates, photos and SMS from your Android phone to the PC.
In turn, you can also import items from your computer’s hard drive with just a click of the button, with the incorporated file browser.
Performance and conclusion
This utility runs all Windows versions out there, without putting a strain on the computer’s performance. The response time is good and the interface is intuitive and quite familiar for those who already have an Android phone.
Overall, BlueStacks is an effective piece of software that brings the flavor of Android apps on your computer.
• Camera Integration
• Developer Test Support
• Windows-Native Graphics Support
• Multi-touch Support
• Sensors Integrated
• Runs x86-based Apps
• Runs ARM-based Apps
• Move files between Windows + Android
• Microphone Integration
• Mouse + Keyboard Integration
• Mobile/Desktop Sync
• Double-Click APK Open from Desktop
• Android-on-TV Capability
• Full Product/IMEI Localization
• This emulator supports Android 4.0.4 and older versions.
• To start the BlueStacks need about 1GB of RAM, otherwise you run the risk of “infinite loading.”
• To run 3D games is necessary to support virtualization technology, Intel VT-x or AMD-V.
New in version 188.8.131.5223 (December 15, 2015):
– official site does not provide any info about changes in this version
• At least 2 GB RAM
• 4GB of disk space available
• The drivers for your PC’s graphics drivers should be updated for compatibility with BlueStacks
• Administrative rights
• DIRECTX 9.0 OR HIGHER
• WINDOWS INSTALLER 4.5 (FOR WINXP)
• .NET FRAMEWORK 3.5 SP3 (FOR WINXP)
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8 64-bit / 10 64-bit
In archive: Optimized for Win8 on Surface Pro (v0.7.11.885)