The BlueStacks App Player has moved from its alpha test phase, which attracted over 1 million testers across 100 countries, to a beta-1 version. The App Player is designed to run Android applications on x86 computers without the need for recoding the applications.
The beta-1 version of the Player features Bluestacks’ LayerCake technology, which lets apps written for ARM processors, like Angry Birds, run “seamlessly” on x86 systems while enabling hardware graphics acceleration for the applications. Bluestacks aims to bring Android applications to roughly a billion PCs.
BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma said in a press statement, “You know, first there was Angry Birds on Chrome which was a big deal, then recently Steve Ballmer stood up at CES and announced that Cut the Rope had been ported to IE9 – with BlueStacks, it’s 450,000 apps coming to Windows at once.”