BlueStacks is an App Player which lets you run Android apps on your PC or Mac.
The software is still in beta stage, but already has access to over 750,000 Android apps. You can download Angry Birds Space or Temple Run 2 directly into BlueStacks, or just sync the apps from your phone using the BlueStacks Cloud Connect Android app.
Bluestacks claim to have over 5million users worldwide and it is easy to see why.
After installing the software, I quickly started trying out some of the most popular apps from the Google PlayStore. I ended up having mixed results. Apps like Flipboard and Facebook were working well, but anything that requires specific hardware (like GPS or a Camera) didn’t really work, obviously.
Overall, the software is good for testing apps on your large PC or Mac screen and it actually does a better job than anything else currently available.
Have you tried BlueStacks yet? Let me know in the comments below.
Editor’s PS: Don’t try this with WhatsApp like I did. Yeah, it works fantastic, however, you can only connect to the service on one device at a time, so it re-registers you and if you weren’t on the paid service it automatically bumps you to it so you are now on a 14 day trial. You’ll have to pay at the end of it. I’m more than happy to pay as WhatsApp is more than worth the 69p per year, but I was expecting to be charged in about 8 months time. Not a problem to be honest, but you should be aware of this.