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Hands on with Bluestacks, a clumsy bid to bring Android apps to Windows 8

Jared Newman | Feb. 18, 2013
Bluestacks' software is an emulator that allows you to run Android apps on a Windows PC

Google's Gmail and Drive apps, for instance, always appear as blown-up smartphone apps, even though tablet-optimized versions are available. That may be because the Bluestacks emulator is based on Android 2.3, an outdated version of Google's software.

I like the idea of Bluestacks, and now that touchscreen Windows 8 devices like the Surface Pro are here, the software finally has a worthy platform.

The execution, however, still needs a lot of work. Bluestacks is still in beta--and fortunately it's free in the meantime--so there's little harm in giving it a shot. Just don't expect a panacea for Windows 8's app deficiency.


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