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Industry Virtualization, mobile software
Founded April 25, 2009; 9 years ago (2009-04-25)
Founders Rosen Sharma, Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf
Headquarters California, U.S, Campbell
Area served
Key people
  • Rosen Sharma (Chief executive officer, President)
  • Suman Saraf (Chief Technical Officer)
  • Hue Harguindeguy (Chief financial officer)
  • Jay Vaishnav (Founder & SVP of Products)
  • Yuriy Yarovoy (Director of Marketing)
Products App Player, GamePop
BlueStacks App Player
Bluestack Client with Android home screen open as of September 2014.
Bluestack Client with Android home screen open as of September 2014.
Stable release
Operating system Windows XP or later; Mac OS Mavericks or later
Platform IA-32
Size 309 MB
Available in 48 languages
Type 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. 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 eighth company (five of Sharma's companies have been acquired by Google, Microsoft, Citrix (twice) and McAfee). BlueStacks exited beta on June 7, 2014.

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[edit]

The App Player is downloadable Windows[3] software that virtualizes an Android Operating System. The software's basic features are free to download and use. Advanced optional features require a paid monthly subscription.[4] The company claims the App Player can run over 96% of the 1.4 million apps in the Google Play Store as of April 24, 2015.[5] It reached the 109 million download mark in December, 2015.[6] BlueStacks features mouse, keyboard, and external touchpad controls.[7] On June 27, 2012, the company released an alpha-1 version of its App Player software for Mac OS.[8] 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.

BlueStacks for Mac[edit]

In July 2015, BlueStacks, Inc. released the new version for Mac OS.[9] Mac OS development and support was discontinued in November 2017. People have been able to access the app in one format since.

BlueStacks 2[edit]

In December 2015, BlueStacks, Inc. released the new version BlueStacks 2.0[10] for Windows which lets users runs multiple Android Apps simultaneously.[11] BlueStacks 2.0 is also available for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later.[12]

BlueStacks TV (BTV)[edit]

On April 7, 2016, the company released BlueStacks TV which integrated directly into the BlueStacks App Player.[13] 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.[14]

BlueStacks 3[edit]

In July 2017 BlueStacks released BlueStacks 3 based on a brand new engine and front-end design.[15] BlueStacks 3 added App Center which personalizes game suggestions, an account system, chat, new keymapping interface, and multi-instance. Multi-instance allows users to launch multiple BlueStacks windows using either the same or different Google Play account.

BlueStacks running Android N (7.x)[edit]

On January 19th, 2018, BlueStacks announced the release of the BlueStacks + N Beta which runs on Android 7 (Android Nougat) and claimed to be the first and only Android gaming platform to have Android 7. The majority of Android emulators run Android 4.4 (KitKat).[16] This version, still in Beta, is powered by an upgraded "HyperG" graphics engine allowing BlueStacks to utilize the full array of Android 7 APIs.

Minimum Requirements[edit]

Minimum requirement for Bluestacks include: 2 GB or higher system memory, 4 GB of hard drive space, and a GPU with Direct X 9.0 or higher capabilities.[17] The user also requires administrator privileges. Bluestacks is incompatible with the BitDefender antivirus software. An update to the latest graphic card driver version is also recommended.[18] Newer versions of Bluestacks have raised hardware requirements but offer increased performance. [19]


On May 9, 2013, the subscription service GamePop was announced.[20] It allows users to play as many as 500 mobile games on TV. On July 23, 2014 Samsung announced [21] it had invested in and was backing GamePop. This brought total outside investment in BlueStacks to $26 million.[22]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "New Android Games for Android Emulators - MrGuider". 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. ^ "Bluestacks and its advantages". Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth. "BlueStacks ports Android apps to Mac". CNET. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ Facebook, BlueStacks. "New Mac Version Waitlist Signup". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bluestacks 2 Review in Windows 7, 8.1". TechnoIliyas. 
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  13. ^ "Twitch users can now live stream Android games from their PC". Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Stream Android apps on Facebook Live with Bluestacks". Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ BlueStacks 3.0 "BlueStacks 3 powered by the Bluestacks Gaming Platform" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Android N Comes to PC; BlueStacks Releases the First Android Gaming Platform Ever to Run Android N". Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  17. ^ "How to install bluestacks on windows 10 without graphics card". Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  18. ^ admin (December 24, 2016). "BlueStacks Installation Requirements for Windows & Mac". Bluestacks. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Bluestacks Versions". TechnoIliyas. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Etherington, Darrell. "After 10M Downloads, Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding". TechCrunch. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Samsung invests $13M in Android microgaming console GamePop". CNET. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 

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