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As a late holiday gift, Microsoft is finally syncing up some of the popular software from its desktop and tablet Windows OS with the latest version of Windows for phones. We are, of course, referring to classic Windows games like Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper (which also has a WP7 version) and Mahjong, which as of today are available on Windows Phone 8. Better still, they’re enhanced for Xbox leaderboards, achievements and stat-tracking, with the ability to pause and resume games across Windows PCs, phones and tablets. They’re all free, so hit the links to download them and waste time on the go just like you do at work.
Source: Windows Phone Blog
Turns out that you won’t have to buy a Transformer AiO and use two whole operating systems to run Android apps on that ASUS Windows PC — the Taiwan PC builder has struck a deal to run Bluestacks’ App Player for key software on the ASUS@Vibe side of its new Open Cloud Computing service. The code layer will give free rein to play games like Fruit Ninja or Defender as well as run more sober titles like Evernote and Pulse. Apps will be available across every type of PC ASUS makes, including Eee PC netbooks and other models without touchscreens, but they won’t always be gratis. ASUS is providing free Android apps for just the first six months of service and will be charging an unspecified rate for unlimited access afterwards, so you may want to opt for that Transformer AiO or a PadFone to run mobile apps the old-fashioned way.
ASUS enlists BlueStacks to run Android apps on Windows PCs, skips all the OS juggling originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Earlier this week, ASUS took some time to go ahead and create a rather obscure video for what they will be presenting at this week's Computex 2012 showcase in Taipei, though they forgot to include anything relevant in the video. Nothing Android was mentioned, nothing Windows was mentioned though it did manage to spark much conversation about a dual-booting Android Windows 8 tablet.
As it seems now, it was to highlight their partnership with BlueStacks as the company has issued a press release fully announcing the partnership. BlueStacks, as you know if you read our review, enables over 450,000 Android apps to run on Windows PCs and now, ASUS will be leveraging that power for their own PC ventures and including BlueStacks within their @vibe platform.
"ASUS has created a phenomenal software experience on PCs. Launching with ASUS at Computex 2012 solidifies BlueStacks' leadership position as the sole provider of apps for consumer electronics and PC manufacturers worldwide," said Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks. "Our strong portfolio of apps from top developers, combined with our unique monetization engine makes this a revenue-generating opportunity for PC OEMs. This is a winning proposition for the entire PC ecosystem. App developers who have already built for Android can now just run their apps on Windows PCs through BlueStacks. We've done the heavy lifting for the benefit of all."
Together, ASUS and BlueStacks will be offering users of asus@vibe Android apps through their broad line of products including the ZenBooks, notebooks, Eee PCs, desktop PCs and All-in-one PCs. Pricing for it all seems rather wish washy at the moment as the press release notes, apps will be free for six months and then users can upgrade from there to unlimited apps and sync apps from phone to PC.
For those of you out there hoping for some other sort of news though, there is still some hope we suppose. This all could only be one portion of something greater, just don't get too bummed out if this happens to all it was in the end. You can jump below for the full press release from ASUS and BlueStacks.
BlueStacks released a beta version of their Android app player for Windows PCs this morning, bringing with it access to 450,000 apps. They previously ran a closed alpha, but have gone public with this beta from what we can tell. For those not familiar, BlueStacks is an application that installs on your Windows computer and [...]
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Earlier this morning BlueStacks announced that an alpha version of their free Android app player is now available for Windows PCs. Eye doctors everywhere are in tears because now you can use your Android apps on a PC with no strain to your eyes. After minutes of staring at a 4.3-inch device, my eyes are already sore [...]
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BlueStacks weren’t lying when they said you’d be able to run a fully virtual implementation of Android on your Windows machine in order to use Android apps on them. They’ve released their client for Windows PCs as a user-friendly way to use your apps without having to use your phone.
It comes preinstalled with several apps and gives you the ability to add up to 26 more. Lance Whitney from CNET said the client and apps ran very smoothly on his PC, though using apps designed for smartphones and tablets on a traditional PC was a bit odd. I am unable to try it for myself as I am a Mac user.
A premium version of this is said to be on its way that will let you install unlimited apps as well as giving you the ability to play games. While this doesn’t seem like much more than an emulator at first glance, reports of its polish and speed make it so much more. Grab the Alpha build here and let us know what you think about it!
Tech company acquisitions often seek to reshape a company or even the entire industry. Buying Applied Semantics catalyzed Google’s rise to online advertising dominance. Apple’s purchase of NeXT transformed the former’s operating system’s roadmap. And HP’s merger with Compaq created a $40 billion powerhouse vendor of Windows PCs.
That’s not the case for “Googorola,” a portmanteau that the world formerly knew only as an Italian blue cheese often crumbled into steak salads. Indeed, Google’s recent announcement of its intent to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion may turn out to be the highest profile acquisition aimed ever aimed at maintaining the status quo. Presaged by a blog post from Google’s chief legal officer and punctuated by lockstep statements by Motorola’s rival Android licensees praising legal protection, the blog post announcing the acquisition promised to “supercharge” Android. But the subsequent Google conference call regarding the merger reinforced that the “IP” Google seeks to acquire does not stand for “Incredible Phones.” Google seeks to invigorate Android simply by having the freedom to progress unencumbered along the successful path it already has largely staked out.
Switched On: The accidental handset company, Part 1 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Aug 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well what do you know, it appears that ViewSonic has beaten Dell to the punch and will be the first Windows 7 tablet manufacturer to run BlueStacks on a tablet. What the heck is BlueStacks, you might ask? Why, it’s Android on Windows PCs! What it essentially represents is a virtualization of Android on whatever Windows machine you happen to have BlueStacks running on. Before we continue here, have a look at the article we’ve got up on the BlueStacks subject so you can fully understand the significance of this lovely situation.
Above: ViewPad 10s, Paving the way for PRO at MWC
Next have a look at the article popping up the day after that initial explanation article of BlueStacks, namely an announcement that Dell would be releasing a 10 inch Android tablet, but perhaps one that was Windows with Android running virtually. BlueStacks, we whispered, BlueStacks indeed. This situation is, if you ask us, much more significant than a dual-OS tablet in that instead of having to choose between one or the other, you’ve got Windows with all your Android apps running inside.
The less-than-exciting element here is that this ViewSonic device will not have Android Market support. But you know as well as I do that with markets like Amazon’s Appstore ramping up, such a thing will be of little concern in the future – right? For more information on the Amazon Appstore, head over to our Android Community 101: Amazon Appstore post! Then note that BlueStacks achieves its goal of running Android on Windows 7 by using a virtualized Android 2.2 Froyo build to its advantage.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro currently has no launch date, but BlueStacks has noted that IT will be hitting retail “soon” and has tipped that a Q3 launch for products running its system is in the works.
Well would you look at that? I suppose it had to happen eventually: a company by the name of BlueStacks has developed a software solution that works on Windows based PCs which allows users to utilize a full Android experience. As our sister-site SlashGear’s Ben Bajarin notes, several PC companies have shown interest in this odd solution already, OEMs thinking that it might not be a terrible idea to try out the ability to run this ever-growing mobile OS out on their not-so-mobile hardware. Why not?
If the rumors are true, developers may soon be smart to be considering developing apps that work not only in the mobile space, but also in the desktop, laptop, and Google TV space as well. What would BlueStacks mean for a game like, say, Vendetta Online, a MMORPG for outer-space-minded individuals? It’d mean a truly integrated ecosystem in which users would be able to access the same game, or more broadly, the same app anywhere they go, switching from desktop or TV mode to mobile mode without ever having to switch their way of thinking because it’s literally the same app.
Is there value in this sort of system? I don’t think that question even need be asked!
How it Works
BlueStacks has developed a way to virtualize a full Android OS on x86-based Windows PCs. What Ben saw this past weekend was a 28-inch HP TouchSmart all-in-one PC running Android 2.2 Froyo without a hitch. In fact, what he saw was a virtual OS on which he could be running a Windows app, minimize, open an Android app, minimize, and switch back and forth between at will. Is that called multi-tasking? You tell me.
What’s more impressive than being able to run several apps from different OS’ at the same time is the ability to use Windows utilities and drivers. That means that if you’re in an Android app and you’d like to print something – no problem, just go to the top of the menu bar and hit print and it’ll call on Windows’ printer drivers to do the job. Similarly, inside Android’s version of Skype, you’ll be using Windows drivers to get the audio and video job done.
Android Market Access
Nope! Because of the restrictions Google has in place around the Android Market, aka what’s called getting “licensed” by Google for Android, BlueStacks will not be allowed access to the official Android Marketplace. However, due to the rapidly growing popularity of the Amazon app market, there may well be a strong substitute for all those worried about not having access to their favorite hero apps.
BlueStacks is not publicly available at the moment, but will be released for anyone to download later this year. What does this mean for Microsoft, specifically? It means they may need to re-adjust their business model in order to compensate for the places where they’ve been getting ready to compete with Android. What if consumers begin to prefer using Android versions of apps on their PC instead of their Windows counterparts?
As Ben mentions also, Intel and AMD will certainly be happy if this situation takes off since “both of them have needed to offer a compelling reason to consider Android on X86.” As far as everyone in the PC manufacturing world, this may well have opened up a door they considered completely barred and cemented before, allowing them to go mobile without actually going mobile, if you know what I mean.
What do you think? Android on your gaming PC for superior Andy integration? I promise you we’ll be right on top of this all the way to release and beyond.