Bluestacks is an American tech company that produces the BlueStacks App Player and other cloud-based cross-platform products. The BlueStacks App Player is designed to enable Android applications to run on Windows PCs and Macintosh computers. The company was founded in 2009 by Rosen Sharma, former CTO at McAfee and a board member of Cloud.com.
Investors include Andreessen-Horowitz, Redpoint, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, Citrix, Radar Partners, Ignition Partners, AMD, and others. BlueStacks is Sharma’s 8th company (five of Sharma’s companies have been acquired by Google, Microsoft, Citrix X 2, and McAfee). BlueStacks exited beta on June 7, 2014.
The company was officially launched on May 25, 2011, at the Citrix Synergy conference in San Francisco. Citrix CEO Mark Templeton demonstrated an early version of BlueStacks onstage and announced that the companies had formed a partnership. The public alpha version of App Player was launched on October 11, 2011.
App Player is a downloadable piece of Windows and Mac software that virtualizes the full Android experience. The software is free to download and use, later disabling itself and presenting users with the option to install sponsored apps or purchase a $2/month premium subscription. This is not mentioned before downloading or during install. According to company sources, the App Player can run over 96% of the 1.4 million apps in the Google Play Store. It reached the 85 million download mark in April 2014.
On June 27, 2012, the company released an alpha-1 version of its App Player software for Mac OS. while the beta version was released on December 27, 2012. The Mac OS version of App Player is no longer available for download on their homepage, as support for it was officially dropped in 2014. In April 2015, BlueStacks, Inc. announced that a new version of App Player for Mac OS was in development. In July 2015, BlueStacks, Inc. released the new version for Mac OS.
GamePop was launched on May 9, 2013. It uses a subscription model. Users receive over $250 worth of paid games with their subscription. It allows users to play as many as 500 mobile games on TV. On July 23, 2014, Samsung announced it had invested in and was backing GamePop. This brought total outside investment in BlueStacks to $26 million. With an increased stride on improvements to its App Player, BlueStacks, Inc. put GamePop development on hiatus in 2015, with plans to improve the product at a later date.
OS: Windows 10, Windows 7
You must be an Administrator on your PC.
Processor: Intel Core i5-680 (passmark 3500) or higher processor with virtualization extensions enabled in the BIOS
Graphics: Intel HD 5200 (passmark 750) or higher
Memory: 6GB or higher
HDD: SSD (or fusion)
storage HDD Space: 40 GB
Internet: Broadband connection to access games, accounts, and related content
Power plan: High performance
Up to date graphics drivers from Microsoft or the chipset vendor
Note: The program needs an Internet connection for the initial implementation.