To me, applications like this one are really important for school students. I bought my first significant Android the same year I began my Physics degree at my university, and immediately I realised how tremendously helpful it was. From accurate graphing applications to TI emulators (don't judge me, the real thing costs crazy amounts here!), passing through giants like Wolfram and MATLAB Mobile, there were a lot of tools for one to excel with. In fact, I'd say that without Android I wouldn't have chosen...
Google Play Store and Custom Boot Animations in BlueStacks
For those who don’t know, BlueStacks is a program for Windows PCs that lets you run fully functional Android applications right from the comfort of your desktop. It’s a nice way to test out new apps you’re developing, play Angry Birds Space on your gorgeous 1080p HD monitor, and is an even better way of getting Google+ Huddles on your computer. However, the application is not without its problems and there are several key Android apps missing from the experience.
XDA Senior Member xRepinsSporx has released a tutorial on how to get the Google Play store on BlueStacks so users can simply use that to get the applications they need as opposed to the other, less familiar ways. The method is very similar to what it would be if done on an actual Android device. Simply get the vending.apk, push it to a specific directory, reset the permissions and you’re on your way. xRepinsSporx has been kind enough to provide links to all the downloads needed as well as putting up the proper permissions so users shouldn’t have too much trouble following the instructions. Being ever helpful, xRepinsSporx has also linked to another tutorial on how to mount the system.img by getting into the root.fs.
As if that weren’t enough, BlueStacks development here on XDA is moving right along as there is also now a method to change your boot animations. XDA Forum Member Wetzel402 has found the correct paths, files and file types that are compatible with BlueStacks to make it boot with a customized animation. The method for use is pretty standard. Close out all instances of BlueStacks using the Windows Task Manager if you have to, then navigate to BlueStacks in your program files and the proper files should be there. Simply replace with your favorite .gif or create your own, and you’re off to the races.
For anyone using BlueStacks who doesn’t already have the Google Play market working or their own boot animation, these are a couple of threads that you should be checking out. For additional information, download links and even screen shots to show how it’s done, check out the Google Play thread and the boot animation thread.
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