BlueStacks, the startup that brings Android apps to PCs and Macs, released its new app player earlier today, which is optimized for the Surface Pro and computers running on Windows 8. What this essentially means is that Windows users can now run over 750,000 Android apps on their Windows 8 computers including the Surface Pro tablet which essentially is a PC.
Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks commented on this announcement saying, “The Surface Pro is an innovative device, but it has none of the top apps. The number of mobile apps being written overall is expanding exponentially and Microsoft has not added apps to the handful it has. Our goal is to get people more value out of their Surface Pro and Win8 devices and this fixes that and adds a lot of value for buyers.”
The app player will bring more than 750K titles to the Windows platform and will also allow a user to launch the player from a live tile on the homescreen. Unlike before, the player will run the apps in full-screen mode and the user will not be trapped inside an Android shell as essentially it is running Android in a virtualized environment. It will also make use of the motion-sensors on the Surface Pro tablets.
It’s also worth noting that earlier there was speculation whether the app would work on Windows RT tablets like the Surface RT, but now because the core file is a Win32 .exe file, the app will not run on Windows RT, which uses the new WinRT app development language.
BlueStack has also agreed to a deal with PC companies like Asus, MSI, Lenovo and currently talking to Dell and HP to make the this software a pre-loaded feature on more than 100 million distributed PCs.