BlueStacks

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BlueStacks
Industry Virtualization, Mobile Software
Headquarters Campbell, California
Products App Player
Website www.bluestacks.com
BlueStacks App Player
Latest version of Blustack player as of September.jpg
Latest version of Bluestack player
Preview release 0.9.6.4092 / November 2014 (1 month ago) (2014-11)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows XP or later; Mac OS X Snow Leopard or later
Platform x86
Size 196 MB
Available in 16 languages
Type Virtual machine, Android emulator
License Trialware

Bluestacks is a Silicon Valley-based mobile company that produces the BlueStacks App Player and the GamePop microconsole. Both products are designed to enable Android applications to run on Windows PCs, Macintosh computers and televisions. The company was founded in 2009 by Rosen Sharma, former CTO at McAfee and a board member of Cloud.com.

Investors include [1] Andreessen-Horowitz, Redpoint, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, Citrix, Radar Partners, Ignition Partners and others. BlueStacks is Sharma’s 8th company, with five acquisitions by Google, Microsoft, Citrix X 2 and McAfee. BlueStacks exited beta[clarification needed] on June 7, 2014.

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The company was officially launched May 25, 2011, at the Citrix Synergy conference in San Francisco. Citrix CEO Mark Templeton demonstrated an early version of BlueStacks onstage and announced that the companies had formed a partnership. The public alpha version of App Player was launched on October 11, 2011.[2]

App Player is a downloadable piece of Windows and Mac software that virtualizes the full Android experience. The software is free, but then charges $2/month unless you download apps from Bluestacks sponsors.[3] On June 27, 2012, the company released an alpha-1 version of its App Player software for Mac OS.[4] while the beta version was released on December 27, 2012. According to company sources it can run over 750,000 Android apps on Mac.[5] It reached the 10 million download mark in May, 2013.

The company’s latest product, GamePop, was launched on May 9, 2013. It uses a subscription model. Users receive over $250 worth of paid games with their subscription.[6] GamePop will allow users to play as many as 500 mobile games on TV. On July 23, 2014 Samsung announced [7] it had invested in and was backing GamePop. This brought total outside investment in BlueStacks to US$26 million.

On the technology page of Bluestacks' website, an image titled "BlueStacks supports multiple OS configurations" shows it running Android on Chrome OS, with a caption below saying "Android on Chrome OS (for x86): Run Android apps in a browser tab to augment the app experience in Chrome OS". However as of January, 2014, the software is not available on the Chrome Web Store.

Reception[edit]

App Player has received mixed reviews. Its latest version (0.8.3.3026) received 3.5 out of 5 stars on CNET Download.com.[8] The top user complaints are the lag issue, especially when running graphic intensive apps, and that it did not provide a mechanism to uninstall cleanly.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Etherington, Darrell. "After 10M Downloads, Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding". TechCrunch. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Empson, Rip. "BlueStacks Releases App Player And Cloud Connect Service To Let You Run Android Apps On Your PC". TechCrunch. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Whitney, Lance. "Android apps can now run on your PC via BlueStacks". CNET. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth. "BlueStacks ports Android apps to Mac". CNET. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  5. ^ Perez, Sarah. "BlueStacks’ App Player For Mac Launches Beta: Now You Can Run Over 750,000 Android Apps On Mac". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  6. ^ Empson, Rip. "After 10M Downloads, BlueStacks Takes On OUYA With Game Console And $6.99 All-You-Can-Play Service". TechCrunch. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Etherington, Darrell. "After 10M Downloads, Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding". TechCrunch. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "BlueStacks App Player". CNET Download.com. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 

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