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Update: Turns out the teasers were about an ASUS Windows 8/Android device after all, and even Bluestacks got tricked into thinking the "big transformation" teasers were about them. You can find more info about this device, called Transformer AiO, here.

Remember a few days ago when ASUS got everyone's hopes up with teaser videos that began excited rumor-churn about a possible dual-booting Android/Windows 8 tablet? Well, it turns out that the videos in question were meant to tease a new partnership ASUS has formed with BlueStacks, creators of the renowned BlueStacks App Player (which we reviewed back in March).

Set to be announced at Computex tomorrow, the partnership will see BlueStacks software integrated with 30 million ASUS-branded Zenbooks, Notebooks, Eee PCs, Desktops, and All-in-one PCs, under the name asus@vibe.

The service, which will allow users to use apps like Evernote, Pulse, Fruit Ninja, Nook, Moviefone, and other apps on their PC, will not be totally free. Users can "enjoy Android apps for free for 6 months, with the option to upgrade to unlimited apps and sync apps from phone to PC." The press release is rather vague on the subject of paid usage, but we can expect to hear all the relevant details at tomorrow's announcement. Vira Chang, Head of eBusiness Services at ASUS, had this to say about the partnership:

ASUS is delighted to bring a vibrant selection of apps that were previously inaccessible on Windows PCs. Our partnership with BlueStacks is a valuable addition to the @vibe family. The integration of BlueStacks and @Vibe is central to ASUS's consumer cloud strategy. Additionally, we are encouraged by the increased revenue potential that BlueStacks represents.

President and CEO of BlueStacks Rosen Sharma added that the Computex announcement "solidifies BlueStacks' leadership position as the sole provider of apps for consumer electronics and PC manufacturers worldwide."

While it may not be what users were expecting, it will be interesting to see where this partnership leads, and to hear the full details at tomorrow's announcement. For those interested, the full press release is embedded below.

ASUS partners with BlueStacks to Bring Android Apps to Millions of PCs Worldwide

Adds Premium Android Apps to asus@vibe Entertainment Platform on ZenBooks, Notebooks, Eee PCs, Desktop PCs and All-in-one PCs.

COMPUTEX, Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2012.

ASUS, the world's top 3 consumer notebook vendor and a leading innovator in personal computing products, has partnered with BlueStacks to bring popular Android apps to 30 million Asus PCs worldwide.

BlueStacks, makers of “App Player for PC” software, will enable a rich selection of Android apps on asus@vibe, a one-stop entertainment platform that is preinstalled on all ASUS products. Powered by BlueStacks technology, users of asus@vibe can access exciting and engaging Android apps across all categories including games, social, news, shopping, music, business and education.

BlueStacks recently partnered with top app developers to bring popular Android apps like Fruit Ninja, Evernote, Pulse, Drag Racing, Defender, Tap Fish, Moviefone, Nook, Guns N Glory, Talking Tom and Kids ABC to the one billion strong PC market. BlueStacks' patent pending LayerCake technology enables Android apps on touch and non-touch Windows PCs. As part of this special arrangement with BlueStacks, users of asus@vibe will enjoy Android apps for free for 6 months, with the option to upgrade to unlimited apps and sync apps from phone to PC. The apps are integrated into and presented seamlessly within the @vibe platform across the entire range of ASUS products, including the ZenBooks, notebooks, Eee PCs, desktop PCs and All-in-one PCs.

"ASUS is delighted to bring a vibrant selection of apps that were previously inaccessible on Windows PCs. Our partnership with BlueStacks is a valuable addition to the @vibe family," noted Vira Chang, the Head of eBusiness Services at ASUS. "The integration of BlueStacks and @Vibe is central to ASUS's consumer cloud strategy. Additionally, we are encouraged by the increased revenue potential that BlueStacks represents."

"ASUS has created a phenomenal software experience on PCs. Launching with ASUS at Computex 2012 solidifies BlueStacks' leadership position as the sole provider of apps for consumer electronics and PC manufacturers worldwide," said Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks. "Our strong portfolio of apps from top developers, combined with our unique monetization engine makes this a revenue-generating opportunity for PC OEMs. This is a winning proposition for the entire PC ecosystem. App developers who have already built for Android can now just run their apps on Windows PCs through BlueStacks. We've done the heavy lifting for the benefit of all."

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://resaberz.blogspot.com/ Rebornyama

    Just when my hopes were getting high above the clouds, my dream of having the best of both world on tablet was destroyed. curse you ASUS. curse you =p

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Now this is a major letdown.

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      why, cmon it would be a pain if you had to double boot, honestly a tablet does better with one OS, and I don't see the use of two OS's on a single device..... aside from probably making it more expensive, I don't see MS agreeing with that any minute 

      • GBGamer

        I would've liked to get rid of Windows and dualboot Android and Ubuntu.

  • http://twitter.com/KennyO112 Kenny Otero

    Yep, very disappointing indeed

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I personally don't see the deal of a dual boot tablet making anything good at all, having them both together may actually reduce productivity people just need to start erasing that windows dependency, with android probably jumping into the desktop environment I hope this idea gets erased out of peoples mind 

    • celestre

      Would have made a great way to expand the mindshare of Android tablets. Marketing pitch could have been 'why buy a Windows 8 tablet when you can get the Asus dual-booting tablet that can also run Android apps'. After a while, people might realize they can do almost everything they need to do in Android and gradually stop rebooting to Windows.

      I know a bunch of Mac switchers that were lured originally by the promise of Boot Camp dual-booting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025116830 Mike Stratton II

    My initial reaction:

    http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/

  • Michael Smith

    I think this is great. I wonder how well it's going to work in Windows 8. If BlueStacks puts links to those Android apps in Metro, that would be a great blend between Windows and Android. 

  • Frank

    You people are nuts. Why would you want that shitty OS (Winblows) on your android tablet (or ANY tablet). 

  • GazaIan

    FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    Damn.

  • GazaIan

    Someone just give me an x86 tablet.

  • manlisten

    Ah, actually, looks like you were right the first time.

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/04/asus-transformer-aio/

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      Yay!

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    "The service, which will allow users to use apps like Evernote, Pulse, Fruit Ninja, Nook, Moviefone, and other apps on their PC..."

    Umm... I already use Evernote on my PC. Fruit Nija would suck using a mouse. I use other news aggregators on my PC better than Pulse. Moviefone, seriously? Just open a browser.

    Why do I need this again?

  • Oliver Petruzel

    I don't think some of you "get it"...

    I've believed all along that a Windows x86 tablet running an Android emulator like BlueStacks would be the best of both worlds.  If BlueStacks can be refined to the point that the emulation is completely transparent to the user -- ie. ability to place Android app shortcuts in the Metro interface -- then this solution is EVEN BETTER than having a dual-boot device running Windows8 and Android separately. 

    Essentially, you'll be able to access ANY Windows app AND any Android app at ANY time.  Can you say "WIN"!? 

    The only way BlueStacks could screw this up is if they do something stupid like limit this capability to Asus devices.  While I do love the Asus products, I'd hate to see them as the only ones with this awesome capability.  Competition FTW!

    That said, if Asus does end up being the only authorized vendor with this fantastic functionality, I guess I'll (happily) pick up yet another Asus product.

    Give me a 10" x86-based Windows8 tablet running BlueStacks with full Google Play Store access, access to MS' new app store, AND the ability to run any x86 app ever written -- and I'm f'n SOLD!!  Seriously folks, just think about that power for a second.

    Of course, such power will all come down to the stability, compatibility, and smoothness of the BlueStacks emulator itself, so we'll have to wait and see...

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