Monday, June 04, 2012

Asus Teams With BlueStacks For Android App Support

According to AllThingsD ASUS has recently inked a deal with BlueStacks, the creator of a popular Android emulator, to include Android app support on all of the companies soon to be released Windows 8 PCs.

ASUS will be pre-loading all of their upcoming Windows 8 PCs with the BlueStacks App player which features a software emulator that allows Android applications to run on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP OSes. Users will have a 6 month trial of the software which provides full support for Google Android and just about any of the 450,000+ Android applications found in the Android Market (aka Google Play). This includes just about all your favorite games like Angry Birds, Words With Friends and Draw Something.

At the end of the 6 month trial customers must pay a subscription fee (amount yet to be disclosed) to continue unfettered app access. If they don't pay, BlueStacks will still work but with far fewer apps available -- about 50 or so of the top apps. Not to leave anyone out ASUS has said legacy computers already in the marketplace will get BlueStacks as soon as the app player is available in asus@vibe. The first ASUS computers to ship with BlueStacks integrated are expected to be running Windows 7, shipping in September, and Windows 8, when it becomes available sometime during the third quarter this year.

If the BlueStacks name sound familiar it should. I recently took the beta version of the BlueStacks App Player for a test run. While I was impressed with how well it ran Android apps under Windows I wasn't totally sold on the application. Hopefully the ASUS release will alleviate some of the areas of concern I had which were mainly cosmetics and could have been largely due to the "beta tag" placed on the software.

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