Lenovo Partners With Bluestack To Bring Android Apps To Windows 8

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Jan 11, 2013 01:30 PM EST

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Ever wanted to run Android applications on a Windows-based personal computer but didn't know how? You probably never heard of Bluestacks. Lenovo has teamed up with the company to bring its Android App Player to Lenovo Windows 8-based PCs, though it is not certain how useful this deal would be.

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With Bluestack Android App Player, Windows 8 computer users have the option to synchronize their favorite apps and messages between smartphones and computers. It is said to be seamless and works really well, better so with more powerful hardware.

"Innovation is vital to leading in the PC world, and we're winning by continuing to push the limits in both software and hardware. Our alliance with BlueStacks puts us in a unique position to offer the most popular games and apps on flagship PC products like the Horizon Table PC in order to give our customers engaging user experiences," noted Lenovo's VP of Worldwide Marketing.

To bring Android apps to PC, Bluestacks does not use a Virtual Machine or Android as one may expect. Instead, Bluestacks runs an emulation of Android's Dalvik JVM on top of Windows; however, doing it in this manner does not guarantee that all Android applications will work properly. It's a good idea, but Android users who may be expecting the full experience should prepare themselves for a disappointment.

"As the PC market leader and a growing smartphone maker in China, it's huge that Lenovo is implementing our vision of creating a blended experience across smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Consumers really want access to all their apps across all devices. Artificial barriers and silo-ed ecosystems have long been a source of confusion and frustration. The digital world is a celebration of heterogeneous devices. My PC, tablet, smartphone, and TV may or may not be from the same brand, but that does not mean that my apps should not work across both devices," averred Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of Bluestacks.

If recent Bluestack Android App Player testing is anything to go by, bugs should be plentiful.

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