BlueStacks brings Android apps to Windows 8

BlueStacks has been offering software that lets you run Android apps on a Windows or Mac computers for a while, but now the company’s venturing into the touch-friendly world of Windows 8. The latest version of BlueStacks is optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro, and features a full-screen user interface and a Charms menu with Android menu, back, home, and other buttons.

You can download the Windows 8 version of BlueStacks from

BlueStacks Surface Pro
The website is a play on Google’s GetYourGoogleBack campaign which walks users through the steps of installing the Google Chrome and Search apps on a Windows 8 device.

The idea is that while there are tens of thousands of apps available for download from the Windows Store, there are over 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store — including apps and games from many top developers who have yet to release Windows 8 or Windows RT apps.

While the new version of BlueStacks is optimized for Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet, it can also run on other devices running Windows 8 (but not Windows RT).

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to play very well with the HP Envy X2 tablet I decided to test the software on. BlueStacks either got hung up on the loading screen or failed to show me anything other than a black screen once it had finished loading. I’m not sure whether the Envy X2’s low-power Intel Atom processor is to blame here, or if there’s some other problem.

BlueStacks on the Samsung Series 9

The app does function both in full screen and windowed mode on my Samsung Series 9 ultrabook — but that’s not as much fun, since that laptop doesn’t have a touchscreen.

Your results may vary, but the BlueStacks App Player for Windows is described as beta software, so hopefully performance will improve over time.

Interestingly, while BlueStacks has a full-screen mode, works with the Windows 8 Charms menu, and adds a tile to your Window 8 Start Screen, it still seems to run as a Windows desktop app. When you launch the app, Windows will switch to desktop mode before loading BlueStacks.

via TechCrunch

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  • redhaven

    I get the same thing on my HP Envy x2. I don’t think it is because of the Atom processor because I have had it working on machines will lesser specs. I am betting that it has more to do with the video card and drivers. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will be able to get this up and running on our tablets.

  • VivoTab Smart

    Same problem on my Asus VivoTab smart. Only black screen. Hope they can fix this.

  • bokkiewokkie

    same here on my Acer iconia w510, black screen, is there a solution?

  • twentyeight

    Another fail for Envy X2, hopefully they fix soon

  • Vishnu Sarda

    I am looking forward for this app to actually work, well, on my Iconia w510, just like others here with intel atom tablet…