By Jimmie Geddes email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 12, 2013 04:16 PM EST
BlueStacks has announced a new Surface Pro-optimized version of its App Player that allows Android apps to run on Windows PCs and Macs. The latest version of the App Player for Surface Pro and Windows 8 is also the first version of the BlueStacks App Player that fully supports Windows 8.
This release will allow Surface Pro and Windows 8 computers to run more than 750,000 Android apps on the new Surface Pro and Windows 8 OS. It also introduces many popular applications not yet available in the Windows Store, which currently has around 35,000 apps available.
BlueStacks enhanced the App Player to take on design elements found in Windows 8, including the ability to pin Live Tiles to the Windows 8 start screen. The company has also launched a new site, Getyourappsback.com, that allows Surface Pro and Windows 8 users to download the updated App Player and bring their favorite apps from their Android smartphones as well as other Android apps to download and install on a Surface Pro or Windows 8 PC.
The apps are optimized to act like Windows 8 applications with support for running them in full screen and making them completely touch-enabled. BlueStacks App Player is a free download and is available now at BlueStacks.com. Below you'll find BlueStack's press release announcing the news.
BlueStacks Releases Surface Pro-Optimized Version of "App Player"
Announces GetYourAppsBack.com to fill widening Win8 App Gap
Campbell, CA February 12, 2013 - Mobile company BlueStacks today released a Surface Pro-optimized, officially supported Windows 8 version of its popular App Player software. The program is free to download and can run any Android app on the new Surface Pro. BlueStacks also announced a new site: GetYourAppsBack.com where new Windows 8 and Surface Pro users can download BlueStacks' software and bring any mobile apps to their device. Recently, Google launched a Get Your Google Back video campaign that BlueStacks is paying homage to.
"We've had our users asking for a Win8 version for a long time," said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. "Now that it's finally available on our website we're looking forward to getting feedback and building on the experience. 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."