BlueStacks

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Bluestack Systems, Inc.
TypePrivate company
IndustryVirtualization, mobile software
GenreAndroid emulator
FoundedApril 25, 2009; 12 years ago (2009-04-25)[1][2]
FoundersRosen Sharma, Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf[3]
Headquarters
Key people
  • Rosen Sharma
    (Chief executive officer, President)
  • Suman Saraf
    (Chief Technical Officer)
  • Hue Harguindeguy
    (Chief financial officer)
  • Jay Vaishnav
    (Founder & SVP of Products)
  • Ben Armstrong
    (VP of Business Development and Operations)
ProductsApp Player, GamePop
Websitewww.bluestacks.com Edit this at Wikidata

BlueStacks is an American technology company known for 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 Apple's macOS. The company was founded in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf, and Rosen Sharma, former CTO at McAfee and a board member of Cloud.com.

History[edit]

The company was announced May 26, 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.[4] App Player exited beta on June 7, 2014. On July 23, 2014 Samsung announced [5] it had invested in BlueStacks. This brought total outside investment in BlueStacks to $26 million.[6]

The App Player, software that virtualizes an Android OS, can be downloaded in versions for Windows 10 and macOS. The software's basic features are free to download and use. Advanced optional features require a paid monthly subscription.[7] The company claims the App Player can run 1.5 million Android apps as of November 2019.[8] As of February 2021, BlueStacks claimed its apps was downloaded over 1 billion times.[9] App Player features mouse, keyboard, and external touchpad controls.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "BlueStacks hits a billion apps used per month and launches new mobile platform". VentureBeat. December 3, 2015. Archived from the original on June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "BlueStacks Partners With AMD, Bringing 500,000 Android Apps To Windows PCs". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Media, Ryan Daws | 19th September 2018 | TechForge (September 19, 2018). "BlueStacks emulates Android '6x faster' than leading smartphone and is a verified app (safe to download)". Developer Tech News. Archived from the original on June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Empson, Rip. "BlueStacks Releases App Player And Cloud Connect Service To Let You Run Android Apps On Your PC". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Etherington, Darrell. "After 10M Downloads, Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Samsung invests $13M in Android microgaming console GamePop". CNET. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Whitney, Lance. "Android apps can now run on your PC via BlueStacks". CNET. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  8. ^ "BlueStacks Features and Comparison". Bluestacks - The Best Android Emulator on PC as Rated by You. Archived from the original on November 2, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "What is Bluestacks?". Bluestacks - The Best Android Emulator on PC as Rated by You. Archived from the original on November 1, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.