Would You Run Android Apps On A PC?

While companies like Motorola and Asus have been working to make Android smartphones and tablets look and act like PCs by providing support for notebook size docks, BlueStacks has been working to bring Android to desktop and notebook PCs. According to Slashgear, BlueStacks’ product virtualizes Android 2.2 so that you can run Android apps in separate windows on a PC.

If you are familiar with using Parallels on Mac OS X to run Windows apps, you know how BlueStacks is going to work. The question is, why would anyone want to run Android apps on a PC? The first obvious problem is that many Android apps are optimized for touch input, which might not translate well to personal computers that only have a mouse and keyboard.

I do think, however, that there are some Android apps that could be useful to have running in a Window on a PC. One logical class of apps are the Twitter clients. Most Android Twitter apps are designed to show as much information in a small amount of space as possible. Consider running the Seesmic Android app on a Windows PC rather than the Seesmic Desktop app. I think the Android version would show more information in a smaller amount of space, making it more desirable to keep the app open in a Window while I am doing other things.

With just a little bit of thinking, I can see how BlueStacks could be on to something, and I can see netbook, notebook, and PC manufacturers wanting to bundle BlueStacks with their hardware so that they can advertise the availability of thousands of popular Android apps. Right now there is not much information available, and the download link on BlueStack’s web site doesn’t work, so I am going to keep an eye out to see what further develops with this product.

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