BlueStack gains $7.6 million to bring Android apps to Windows

May 25, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- If you have an Android-based phone and a Windows-based PC, then you may be wishing for a little bit more in the way of compatibility. If you are, then you may be in luck in the near future. A start up, BlueStack, has just received its first round of funding from Ignition Ventures, Radar Partners, Helion Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz for a total of $7.6 million. The company’s goal, to bring your favorite Android apps to your Windows based PC.

The tool was first inspired by the six year old daughter of Rosen Sharma, the Chief Executive of the company, when she wanted to put the Android apps from her fathers Smartphone onto her new netbook. In addition to making it possible for children to play more, the will allow consumers to cherry pick the best of the apps on the market. So, if you really love the document reader on your phone you can bring its distraction free interface to your PC for maximum productivity.

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The tool is also good news for developers, who will be able to reach larger audience with their apps, without the added development costs of creating a new version of the tool for each operating system out there.

A beta version of the software is expected to be released in June or July of this year. The beta version will, of course, be free to the public. The commercial version of the software is slated to be released in the fourth quarter of this year, though no details on the final pricing of this app have been released at the current moment.

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More information: www.bluestacks.com/

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that_guy
5 / 5 (1) May 25, 2011
I have two pcs and two android phones, (Me and my GF). This would be awesome to have that interoperability between all our stuff. It would make a tablet pretty usefule for us too. A non-apple tablet, so no ipad references please.
bugmenot23
not rated yet May 25, 2011
Android is Linux based. While Linux emulators in Windows have never been wildly popular, it is nothing new.
that_guy
not rated yet May 25, 2011
of course not. There's no reason to use them unless you're a hacker, a linux enthusiast, or using it as a box for unseemly web surfing activities.

Now, it will provide interoperability between computers and phones for WinPC/android households. This is a 'linux emulator' that will have a strong purpose for a good fraction of the population, rather than the tiniest sliver.
seventhson
not rated yet May 31, 2011
That's good news cause Windows phones need some better software.