Asus to bundle BlueStacks Android emulator software on its Windows computers
Having secured $7.6 million in funding from several investors a year ago and the financial backing from Qualcomm recently, BlueStacks can finally breathe a sigh of relief after it landed the big break it has been looking for. The start-up company has inked a deal, which CEO Rosen Sharma said will boost the accelerating merger of mobile and PC, with the world’s fifth-biggest PC maker AsusTek to have its software come pre-installed in Asus PC computers. The software allows users to run Android apps on their Windows computers in full-screen mode.
BlueStacks has been hard at work in the last year to improve the compatibility of the software with more Android apps. Some notable titles that have been mentioned to run without a glitch include Evernote, Pulse, Talking Tom, and gamer’s favorite Fruit Ninja – while other popular Android apps like Draw Something and Instagram seem to be working fine as well.
The two companies didn’t mention the figures of the deal, though a year ago, BlueStacks said that it was looking to push for at least a $10 share from every computer that ships with its software. As for what customers will be getting, the deal includes a free six month access to the bundled Android apps that come with the player. Those who need more can opt for an upgrade to use the premium features.
If you want to see what the fuss is all about, the BlueStacks App player can already be downloaded for free. Because Google Play Store isn’t bundled with the player, you’ll have the option to sync the apps on your Android phone to your Windows PC by first installing the BlueStacks Cloud Connect app or purchase the apps from other markets within the virtual environment itself. The BlueStacks App player can run on non-touch and touch-enabled computers.