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Here’s a practical solution for players that want to enjoy the new capabilities of mobile device gaming, but haven’t yet adapted to owning such appliances. BlueStacks has announced the release of its App Player into a free Beta, after 3 months of Alpha testing. This program lets people run Android apps on their PC and works with Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.
By using their patented LayerCake technology, BlueStacks allows operating of all kinds of apps, such as those that make use of the ARM processor like Angry Birds Space. In addition, it also enables apps for high-end tablets that use software such as the Unity engine. BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma said: “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.” Markus Kassulke of developer HandyGames added: “The best part is, we don’t have to do any work. Our apps run without any modifications or porting.”
We’ve dabbled around with it a little and so far beyond the slow, unresponsive interface and huge memory grind, the apps itself run fairly well. With a little patience, you can download some fairly good apps and get cracking. We suggest downloading Android Market first and foremost. Additionally, the recently released Angry Birds Space comes free pre-loaded on the App Player. Now if someone can do the same for Apple products, we’ll be all set. Don’t hold your breath on that one though.