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BlueStacks App Player is a program that allows users to access any Android app on their PC or Mac. BlueStacks can run popular apps and games on your computer while you’re working without interrupting you. Using BlueStacks feels like you’re running a Windows app, an Internet browser or word processor without slowing down your computer.Read More
BlueStacks works the same way as any other application on Windows. This program doesn’t offer just games. With BlueStacks you can download music, e-reader applications, some productivity apps, etc. For instance, you can download a Microsoft Word mobile app which will work smoothly and get access to your One Drive account to start working with online documents.
If you download Instagram or Snapchat, you can even use the PC’s webcam as a real camera. BlueStacks also offers Cloud service, which allows you to transfer apps from an Android phone to a PC or tablet and sync them automatically. So there is plenty of exciting features are built-in the program.
The BlueStacks interface is simple to use and almost doesn’t differ from what you would see on the tablet. BlueStacks is basically an Android emulator; thus it works more like a simple Android app launcher. But instead of getting the full Android user interface, you will see a regular Windows app with Android programs in either full screen or a fixed-size window. So it might look a bit different from what you find on a smartphone or tablet, but still can functional well and is easy enough to use.
However, BlueStacks' home screen can confuse for awhile. Here is why: when you open the program you’ll see a menu of over ten default apps displayed on the screen. At first glance, it might look like you have all these apps already installed, but tapping on one of them sends you to Google Play Market, where you can actually install the app. So there's no clear way to see on the home screen which apps you have installed and which are suggested apps. It might be helpful to get the market in one click, but such an intricate home screen still can disappoint you.
To start using BlueStacks for the first time, you’ll need to access your Google account. After it’s done, you will have full access to any applications that you’ve previously purchased or accessed with the Google account.
Additionally, to your apps, this program comes with already installed apps by default: BlueStacks Charts, Facebook, 1Mobile Market, Swift HD Camera and a couple more.
Which is not useful in BlueStacks is that there's no way to rearrange or remove apps from the home screen. So every time you start BlueStacks, you'll see suggested “apps of the day.”
There is a searching option in the program which is quite useful. If you don’t have a certain application or simply can’t find it, BlueStacks gives you automatically a clickable link with a search result from the Google Play Market.
Cross-platform use 3.5/5
BlueStacks App Player will run on MacOS and Windows 7 or Vista with at least 2GB of free memory and an Intel Core 2 Duo or more powerful processor. Unfortunately, it’s not available for Linux.
For now, all “apps of the day” can be downloaded for free, but you will need to pay a monthly fee to keep using your own apps via BlueStacks. However, the BlueStacks company assures its users that a free version will remain available after a premium version is launched.
I can’t tall a lot of reasons why would you use BlueStacks App Player, but it might be helpful for somebody who creates applications and just want to check how it would work on the Android device or if someone is bored with using mobile devices and wants to play a favorite game on a bigger screen. However, you’ll not be able to fully use Bluestacks without having a physical Android device, because you’ll need to get the apps somehow.
If you want to run any of the favorite apps and games on a larger screen - BlueStacks App Player is an excellent option for you.
Pros : easy downloading;
fast synchronization between phone and PC;
multiple languages available;
Cons : odd glitches happen;
certain hardware requirements;
Cross-platform use 3.5