|Industry||Virtualization, Mobile Software|
|Operating system||Windows XP or later; Mac OS X Snow Leopard or later|
Bluestacks is a Silicon Valley-based mobile company that produces BlueStacks App Player and GamePop. Both products are designed to enable Android applications to run on Windows PCs, Macintosh computers and TVs, respectively. The company was founded in 2009 by Rosen Sharma, former CTO at McAfee and a board member of Cloud.com. BlueStacks is Sharma’s 8th company, with five acquisitions by Google, Microsoft, Citrix X 2 and McAfee.
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.
App Player is a downloadable piece of Windows and Mac software that virtualizes the full Android experience. The software is free. On June 27, 2012, the company released an alpha-1 version of its App Player software for Mac OS. while the beta version was released on Dec 27, 2012. According to company sources it can run over 750,000 Android apps on Mac 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 will receive over $250 worth of paid games with their subscription.  GamePop will allow users to play as many as 500 mobile games on TV.
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.
App Player has received mixed reviews. Its latest version (0.8.3.3026) received 3.5 out of 5 stars on CNET Download.com. The top user complaints are the lag issue, especially when running graphic intensive apps and the fact that it did not provide a mechanism to uninstall cleanly.
The announcement to bring iOS games to TV was extremely well received by the gaming development community, especially because they work on an Android-based console.
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