Remember the BlueStacks App Player? It's been around for a pretty long time now. How long? Until just recently, the software that allowed users to run Android inside of Windows was powered by Gingerbread. Now the emulation software is making the leap to Ice Cream Sandwich, and while it's still two years behind the times, at least it looks somewhat modern. Well, until more devices make the transition to KitKat, that is.



If we're being honest, the BlueStacks App Player isn't the type of product that needs the latest and greatest features of KitKat. If you're running Android on a PC, you're not likely going to need that new fancy launcher or the perks of Google Now. Android 4.0 may be showing its age, but it remains compatible with the majority of Android apps out there. We would love to see the BlueStacks App Player running Jelly Bean just because, but its developers have little reason to rush.


Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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  • David Dudovitz

    Finally! I like the idea of being able to run Android apps on the PC, but it was useless when they were all outdated GB apps.

  • http://www.tylerwatt12.com/ Tyler Watthanaphand

    should be faster now right?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Seemed pretty snappy to me.

  • Adrian Zugaj

    Best way to use Pocket Casts on the PC (AFAIK). Glad it's getting an upgrade!

  • GreatNews

    They are on some sort if a delay program that when a new version is release 4 years later they move to one that almost nobody has...

  • Darklord

    any idea when are they updating it? when i check for updates it shows no new updates.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I installed the beta from their site yesterday and it was ICS.

      • Darklord

        had to redownload/install it to work,
        finally works thanks :P

  • john


    • http://mp3pintyo.blogspot.hu/ Pintér Zsolt

      Genymotion more better!

    • Jordan Pt

      I have both installed and I do prefer Genymotion. Their latest stable is Android 4.2.2 with a 4.3 beta. It's also based on Virtualbox so it's cross-platform(Yay Linux). Performance is great, only issues I've had is how to control touched based games without a touch screen. 3D games like RiptideGP work pretty well(minus control issues). Only edge I see that Bluestacks has is a way to directly launch apps from Windows Explorer. Also Genymotion let's you pick whether you want Gapps or not.

    • GopZ

      Run Genymotion with Parallels alongside on your mac and it will crash.
      Not a viable option for those using Parallels in MAC. I have 16 GB Ram & Core i-5.

  • didibus

    When Art is released, they will need to update to it

    • didgeridoo


      • didibus

        Well, they won't be forced to, but down the road it might support more stuff. I was more mentioning it for the speed improvements.

  • John Smith

    BlueStacks impressed me just because it's a way better emulator than Google's; animation even works properly !

  • Alvin Brinson

    The biggest issue I have is that the default bluestacks launcher is horrid in the GB version. It doesn't look much better in the screenshot above.

    Why can't they just have it be more like Android?

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

    It's about time? Lazy devs are lazy.

  • Pouya M.

    I have no idea why this software is so undocumented and poorly advertised... I remember 2 years ago when it came out there was a lot of hype around it but after everyone saw how hard it was to actually get it working and how buggy it was, it slowly got forgotten. But then have been updating it ever since, and the ICS update came a while ago (been using it for at least 2 weeks now).
    This update has improved a lot since the last time I tried it (1 year ago), because I had a hard time getting it work last time I decided to try it in a virtual machine now, and it came to my surprise that it worked VERY FAST in a windows XP guest! Then I installed it on my touchscreen laptop and wow it is speedy! It can easily play 2D games and heck even some 3D games run well on it as well!
    I mainly use it for Vine and some other tiny mobile apps plus music making apps! Yes the touch optimization on the Android apps are so good that it makes it great for a touch laptop...
    I am using a Dell XPS 12 with i7 cpu in it. I had to lower the resolution in order to make it more reliable (the default was 1600x900 due to the FHD screen of my laptop) I used this program called Bluestacks Tweaks for changing the resolution.
    Now as much the app is very handy, it is very poorly documented as I said and there is absolutely no customization available!

    • DISQUS

      How did you get the vines to show/play?

  • yash khatri

    is there a problem with the updates in Asia or India in particular i am unable to update my bluestacks

  • MATÍA$

    Love this software but this new version has a any problems, the another version work very good

  • fredric

    With no GPU emulation, this is not of THAT much use ~_~

  • Dave

    It is a great application. Thumbs up for their efforts. Please update it to JB soon too.

  • coledeb

    I just tried downloading this on my Mac and when I open it it was still Gingerbread...Did i do something wrong? I downloaded it straight from the official site.

    • GopZ

      No you did nothing wrong, i did it today. Its still Gingerbread for MAC.
      This is really Pathetic.
      Can anyone help Mac users???

  • http://johnharperjr.blogspot.com/ John Harper Jr

    Good God about time. I long gave up on BlueStacks and switched to GenyMotion. But even GenyMotion is problematic and lagging. But all of my droid apps are written in AS3 so that might be the problem....I just don't feel like reading over and learning ANOTHER language.

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