BlueStacks to Offer Full Android OS on Windows PCs
Running Android on your standard “traditional” computer is nothing new. After all, there’s the Android x86 project, which allows users to natively run Android on their standard desktop-architecture x86 computers. There are other solutions for getting Android onto your PC as well, such as Genymotion and Jar Of Beans.
Then, there’s always BlueStacks. But BlueStacks has always been more of an “app player,” rather than a complete Android emulator. This is no longer, as a forthcoming version of the BlueStacks App Player will do more than just play apps—it will run the entire OS, including the standard Android user interface you’ve come to expect.
Since BlueStacks is backed by AMD, it goes without stating that there are AMD-specific optimizations that will be used in this new version. Specifically, these optimizations come from its fourth generation APUs—the very same APUs that now include an ARM Cortex A5. Unfortunately, it’s not clear at this time whether this level of emulation will be available on competing platforms, but it is to be expected that the performance will be best on chips supporting this type of native ARM code execution.
More information can be found in AMD’s full press release. And for those interested in seeing the new version in action, check out the video below!