BlueStacks Goes From Android Apps on PC to Android Games on TV With the Upcoming GamePop Console

BlueStacks Goes From Android Apps on PC to Android Games on TV With the Upcoming GamePop Console

May 31, 2013

BlueStacks, known for their Android app emulation on PC and Mac, is pivoting a bit with the announcement of their new GamePop console. Planned to release this winter, the console will use a subscription-based model for its games, where people pay $6.99 per month for unlimited access to games, with titles from publishers like Com2us getting featured. They’re running a promotion at the moment where those who preorder the device by signing up for a year of the $6.99/month subscription will get the console for free, in a promotion running until June. Not a bad deal since the console will run $129.

This is BlueStacks entering an increasingly-crowded market segment though, and one that has yet to prove itself in any meaningful way. After all, Ouya isn’t even out yet to the general public, and there’s GameStick out there as well as those HDMI-toting dongles that can theoretically play games. Bluestacks is also minimizing the focus on its PC/Mac Android emulator, it seems – which is bad news for Windows tablet owners. Will this pivot with a subscription model on an Android gaming console actually work? We’ll find out this winter.

BlueStacks is Now Running Android Apps on Mac

BlueStacks is Now Running Android Apps on Mac

Jul 9, 2012

HandyGames’ BlueStacks app player that allows computer users to test out Android apps had previously only been on Windows. No more! Now Mac users can get in on the BlueStacks action with the first beta now available. (see photo at left of the marriage of Android and Mac)

Now, let’s immediately confront the inherent contradiction of owning a Mac and wanting to test Android apps. Well, it turns out not everyone who uses a Mac is an iPhone user, or obsessed with just iOS! I mean, I use iOS all the time, but I use Android too, and I was an Android user well before I was a Mac user! So deal with it!

BlueStacks emulates an Android device on Mac, with apps living in individual instances. So, don’t expect to get Twitter notifications while checking Facebook in BlueStacks.

Right now, the ability to install custom apps besides what is bundled is not included (that’s planned for beta 2), but there’s Twitter, Facebook, and various games included. The one that might show the limitations of using a touchscreen interface on a desktop with a trackpad is Fruit Ninja. It’s not as intuitive or accurate, but it is playable. I scored 158 on my first try in Zen mode, not fantastic but certainly not completely terrible. The game played at full speed, too – it uses the full power of one’s computer in order to run these apps like on actual hardware. For Magic Trackpad users on the Mac, it appears as if 2-finger gestures will serve as multitouch for pinching gestures. Twitter runs a lot better on BlueStacks than it does on my phone, that’s for sure.

This has some advantages for both users and developers. Now those developers porting their games over to Android will have a computer simulator to help test out, theoretically. Find an interesting free Android game or app worth trying out? BlueStacks may just be able to run it. Long-term usage may not be as good as using an actual device just because of the differences in interfaces, but it is an interesting testing method. BlueStacks is available for free from their website.

BlueStacks Brings Android Apps to Windows PCs

BlueStacks Brings Android Apps to Windows PCs

Mar 29, 2012

BlueStacks has introduced a new tool allowing Windows users to use Android apps on their PC. No, this isn’t an installation of Android on Windows like the x86 Project, but an actual way to run Android apps on a Windows PC. By installing it on Windows, various Android apps and games can be played directly from any compatible Windows computer. No Mac version is currently available, though.

On the Android side, it’s possible to use BlueStacks Cloud Connect to sync up apps to the PC side of BlueStacks in order to easily use favorite apps on PC. This makes it easier to use apps like text messagers, or audio playback software, and games not yet available on PC.

Currently, BlueStacks is free to use while in beta. It’s using an interesting consumer-focused model in its early stages, with eventual subscription options that will be made available, bringing additional premium apps to BlueStacks‘ current offering. The BlueStacks Cloud Connect app is available from Google Play.