BlueStacks, a scrappy startup out in California, made waves this week with a very big promise: making Android, with all of its finger friendly glory, a seamless addition to your pre-existing Windows PC. While Android has run on x86 hardware for a long time, not much progress has been made in bringing the mobile OS to mainstream audiences in form factors other than phones – and now tablets.
The people at BlueStacks are hoping to change that by virtualizing the open-source operating system and tying it directly into the Windows environment. Transitions are handled seamlessly with Android applications having access to Windows’ peripherals and Windows’ APIs able to point directly to Android files. You can even launch an application from the Windows taskbar.
There’s no word on when the system will be ready for rollout, other than a target date of sometime this year. Supposedly, the company is working with big-name OEMs, and while no names are mentioned, the software would be a logical choice for companies such as Dell, ASUS and Acer, who all have experience with Android and touch devices with poorly optimized software.
We’ve touched before on the need for better software that’s been designed from the ground up for touch interaction, and BlueStacks may be the closest thing yet to making Windows a happy place for hands and fingers. HP, who acquired the webOS operating system with their acquisition of Palm just about a year ago, looks to be going after the same target.