BlueStacks has released a beta version of its Android App Player, which allows users to run Android apps on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It’s “LayerCake” feature runs ARM applications seamlessly on x86 PCs, with support for hardware graphics acceleration. “LayerCake is a disruptive technology that enables PC manufacturers to bring the best of the Android ecosystem to their customers,” explained AMD’s Manju Hegde.
Already, more than 1 million people have downloaded the alpha version of Android App Player, and the beta release represents a growing market for Android app developers. Several mobile development firms have partnered with BlueStacks to have their apps pre-loaded with the player. “A billion PCs is a huge potential market for any developer,” noted Markus Kassulke, CEO of HandyGames.