Surface, W8 Gets BlueStacks, Delivers 750,000 Android Apps
Windows 8 app store offers 35,000 apps.
BlueStacks, a firm that delivers Android applications to PCs and Macs, has released the final version of its Windows 8 App Player, which is designed for Surface tablets and other devices running Windows 8.
Owners of the tablet who have Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 installed will now be able to run more than 750,000 apps coming from Google's mobile platform Android.
Android navigational buttons, including the Back and Home options, can be displayed as a Charms menu seen on the right. BlueStacks also enables the ability for users to run the Android applications on a full screen.
"The Surface Pro is an innovative device, but it has none of the top apps," said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. "This fixes that and adds a lot of value for buyers." Microsoft's Windows 8 app store currently offers over 35,000 apps.
"We have had a lot of people write us that they were on the fence about getting a Surface Pro, and were waiting for something like this," John Gargiulo, BlueStacks VP of marketing told TechCrunch.