BlueStacks, an Android emulator for PC, gets update with major performance upgrade

BlueStacks, an Android emulator for PC, gets update with major performance upgrade

Android is such a popular operating system that people have used it on many different types of devices (not just smartphones and tablets). Getting Android on the PC is something that has been quite popular with programs such as GenyMotionAndroid X86, AnboxConsole OS, and Remix OS. Some of these have failed and moved on while others have gained quite the enthusiast following. BlueStacks was founded back in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf, and Rosen Sharma. It has become the go-to solution for getting Android installed and working a computer, and now version 4 of the program includes a massive performance upgrade.


Thanks to some investors from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, and others, BlueStacks has been able to grow over the years. The software they provide has grown to the point where many would say it’s the best solution on the market for those who want to get an Android application working on a Windows or macOS computer. The folks behind the software have just announced the big version 4 update and while there are a number of changes included in the update, its the major boost to performance that is being highlighted.

With this new update, the company says the performance of BlueStacks 4 is 6 times faster than that of the Galaxy S9+ (which is also 8 times faster than what people got out of BlueStacks 3). This improvement to performance may or may not be due to the version of Android BlueStacks 4 is based on. The software was previously using KitKat but this has Android version 7.1.2 as the core of the OS. The update comes with a more simple user interface where core gameplay features are at the heart of the UX. The key mapping feature has been improved thanks to the all-new Game Controls Window. Key Controls are now divided into different categories and you have the ability to play with a default set of controls or customize it to your liking.

BlueStacks 4

It also comes with a feature the company is calling multi-instances, which lets you play multiple games from multiple Google Play Accounts at once. Last up of the major features included in this new update is the BlueStacks Store and BlueStacks Points. With this system in place, you earn BlueStacks Points by playing your favorite games on BlueStacks. In turn, you can take these BlueStacks points to get items from the BlueStacks Store (including access to the exclusive Pro Gamer Series of gaming tools).

Via: Android Authority Via: BlueStacks

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When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.

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