Android and Windows may not be a match made in heaven, Google and Microsoft haven’t been seen in the same room together for a long while after all. As it turns out the children of the two 900 pound gorilla’s may look good enough together, enough so that one company has given it a shot.. BlueStacks is that company and their software allows you to run Android software on Windows tablets or PCs.
Billed as a way to make real tablet software available for Windows tablets. BlueStacks may be on to something here, until Microsoft release Windows 8 for Tablets and software for it appears Android applications have the advantage of being made for a touch screen world, running standard windows apps on a tablet has been possible for 30 years – GRIDPad released 1989 – but it has never taken off because a tablet and desktop PC are two very different beasts.
BlueStacks is clever but there is another way to run Android applications on windows. As part of Google’s developer pack there is an Android emulator, it’s a tad slow as it’s designed for working in the development environment. The Google developers tools won’t ever be suitable for everyday use, but they rate a mention as they are easily accessible and cheap.
Applications are available for download through the Amazon Android app store, other third-party app stores can also be used. The Android OS appears to function exactly the same as the phone or tablet versions. Updates are even downloaded and updated as they become available.
BlueStacks offers instant start-up of Android applications and fast switching between windows and Android desktops.Those of us lucky enough to have a multi-monitor setup can enjoy Android on one screen while windows fills the other display allowing for some flexible multi-tasking.
While BlueStacks isn’t actually on sale yet we can sign up and join the Alpha team via a button on the website and get in on the ground floor.This isn’t software for everyone but it does open up some interesting options. Microsoft and Android, now what kind of freakish love child would that lead to.
Buddha’s Brother out…