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Industry Virtualization, Mobile Software
Founded April 2009; 7 years ago (2009-04)
Founders Rosen Sharma, Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf
Headquarters Campbell, California,
United States
Products App Player, GamePop
BlueStacks App Player
Latest version of Blustack player as of September.jpg
Bluestack Client with Android Home Screen open as of September 2014.
Stable release
Development status Active
Operating system Windows XP or later; Mac OS X Mavericks or later
Platform x86, x86-64
Size 307 MB
Available in 47 languages
Type Virtual machine, Android emulator
License Freeware

Bluestacks is an American technology company that produces the BlueStacks App Player and other cloud-based cross-platform products. The BlueStacks App Player is designed to enable Android applications to run on PCs running Microsoft Windows and macOS. The company was founded in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf and Rosen Sharma, former CTO at McAfee and a board member of

Investors include Andreessen-Horowitz, Redpoint, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, Citrix, Radar Partners, Ignition Partners, AMD and others.[1] BlueStacks is Sharma's 8th company (five of Sharma's companies have been acquired by Google, Microsoft, Citrix (twice) and McAfee). BlueStacks exited beta on June 7, 2014.

App Player[edit]

The company was announced 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[3] and Mac software that virtualizes the full Android experience. The software is free to download and use, later disabling itself and presenting users with the option to install sponsored apps or purchase a $2/month premium subscription.[4] According to company sources, the App Player can run over 96% of the 1.4 million apps in the Google Play Store.[5] It reached the 109 million download mark in Dec 2015.[6]

On June 27, 2012, the company released an alpha-1 version of its App Player software for Mac OS.[7] while the beta version was released on December 27, 2012. In April 2015, BlueStacks, Inc. announced that a new version of App Player for Mac OS was in development. In July 2015, BlueStacks, Inc. released the new version for Mac OS.[8] In December 2015, BlueStacks, Inc. released the new version BlueStacks 2.0 for Windows which lets users runs multiple Android Apps simultaneously.[9]

On April 7, 2016, the company released BlueStacks TV which integrated directly into the BlueStacks App Player.[10] This addition allows users to stream their apps to Twitch without the need for extra hardware or software. BlueStacks released Facebook Live integration in September 2016, allowing users to stream their gameplay to their Facebook profiles, Pages they control, or Facebook Groups they belong to.[11]

Minimum requirement for Bluestacks include: 2 GB or higher memory, 4 GB space in hard drive, and Direct X 9.0 or higher installed.[12] The user also requires administrator privileges, cannot run on the user's PC if BitDefender is installed and the user's computer graphic cards should be updated to the latest versions.[13]


GamePop was announced on May 9, 2013. It uses a subscription model.[14] It allows users to play as many as 500 mobile games on TV. On July 23, 2014 Samsung announced [15] it had invested in and was backing GamePop. This brought total outside investment in BlueStacks to $26 million.

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  1. ^ Etherington, Darrell. "After 10M Downloads, Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding". TechCrunch. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Empson, Rip. "BlueStacks Releases App Player And Cloud Connect Service To Let You Run Android Apps On Your PC". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "7 Best Android Emulators to Run Android Games & Apps on Windows 10 - Windows Able". Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ Whitney, Lance. "Android apps can now run on your PC via BlueStacks". CNET. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Inc., BlueStacks. "BlueStacks Features and Comparison". Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ Inc., BlueStacks. "About BlueStacks". 
  7. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth. "BlueStacks ports Android apps to Mac". CNET. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Facebook, BlueStacks. "New Mac Version Waitlist Signup". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Twitch users can now live stream Android games from their PC". Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Stream Android apps on Facebook Live with Bluestacks". Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ "How to install bluestacks on windows 10 without graphics card". Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ admin (December 24, 2016). "BlueStacks Installation Requirements for Windows & Mac". Bluestacks. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ Empson, Rip. "After 10M Downloads, BlueStacks Takes On OUYA With Game Console And $6.99 All-You-Can-Play Service". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ Etherington, Darrell. "After 10M Downloads, Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding". TechCrunch. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 

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