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Bluestacks is a Silicon Valley-based software company that produces BlueStacks App Player and BlueStacks Cloud Connect. Both products are designed to enable Android applications to run on Windows PCs, Macintosh computers and Windows tablets. The company was founded in 2008 by Rosen Sharma, former CTO at McAfee and board member of Cloud.com.
The company 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. App Player and Cloud Connect launched into public alpha on October 11, 2011. App Player is a downloadable piece of Windows software that comes pre-loaded with several apps (including Bloomberg News, Words With Friends and Drag Racing). More apps can be downloaded using the "Featured Apps" channel provided with the software. Cloud Connect is an Android App downloadable from the Android Market that allows additional apps to be pushed into BlueStacks App Player from any Android device. The products are now listed as beta software available for free download.
On October 13, 2011, the company was the subject of a CNET TV video review by Senior Editor Seth Rosenblatt. On March 27, 2012, the company released the beta-1 version of its App Player software. The program was downloaded over a million times in the first 10 days. This was followed by an undisclosed investment from Qualcomm.
On June 27, 2012, the company released an alpha-1 version of its App Player software for Mac OS. A launch party including a mock wedding between Mac and Android was held at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. On Dec 27, 2012, it released a beta version of its App Player software for Mac OS. The company says It can run over 750,000 Android apps on Mac
On May 9, 2013, the company announced their latest product: GamePop. GamePop will allow users to play 500 top mobile games on TV. They also announced it will be a subscription-model and users will receive over $250 worth of paid games with their subscription.
On June 7, 2013, the company announced it was bringing iOS games to TV through its GamePop service, a first in the Android/iOS gaming community. The final version of BlueStacks is expected to be released by end of 2013.
On The technology page of Bluestacks' Website, an image, titled "BlueStacks supports multiple OS configurations" shows that 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 October, 2012 the software is not available on the chrome web store.
This software received mostly negative reviews. Its latest version (0.7.4.793 beta 1) received less than 3 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.
However, some reviewers praised the concept and hinted that it has at least considerable potential. On May 6, 2013, the company announced that their App Player had reached the 10 million download mark.
The release of GamePop was met with mostly positive or at least hopeful reviews. 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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