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« on: August 27, 2013, 08:46:11 AM »

What is Bluestacks?
It's basically an Android Emulator.
Yes, now you can play and use all those popular Android games and apps even if you don't have a mobile phone.

Is it popular or something?
It's been downloaded more than 10 million times.
Read this and this.

Does it cost money?
No, in its current beta stage, but will eventually when it'll release. So download it now.



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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 02:38:36 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 04:01:06 AM »

Doesn't the Android SDK already INCLUDES an Android emulator?

Based off of QEMU, even.

Also, there's actually efforts to port the OS to x86 (to run on your PC or laptop)

Therefore, this isn't unique.

Tell me the advantages of this over these two.

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 04:52:25 AM »

1) Doesn't the Android SDK already INCLUDES an Android emulator?
Based off of QEMU, even.

2) Also, there's actually efforts to port the OS to x86 (to run on your PC or laptop)
Therefore, this isn't unique.

3) Tell me the advantages of this over these two.
1)There is? *checks* I didn't know that.

2)Neither did I know this.

3)Since I haven't tested the above two emulators, I can't really tell. But there must be something different that made it popular.
I presume:
  • Simpler Interface
  • Capability of downloading apps through the program
  • Full Screen Support
  • Helpful Community
  • Better Compatibility and running speed
  • Built-In browser and App-Store(can download games from Google Play)
  • Key Mapping for gestures like swiping, zooming, tilting, etc
  • Made for common people, not for app-developres
  • Runs as an program, not as an OS.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 05:24:08 AM »

  • Built-In browser and App-Store(can download games from Google Play)

Doesn't this violate the agreement that Android devices must be "confirmed to be compatible" by Google in order to include Google Play?

http://source.android.com/faqs.html#compatibility

Therefore, I question the legality of this program.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2013, 05:53:57 AM »

  • Built-In browser and App-Store(can download games from Google Play)

Doesn't this violate the agreement that Android devices must be "confirmed to be compatible" by Google in order to include Google Play?

http://source.android.com/faqs.html#compatibility

Therefore, I question the legality of this program.
You should better ask the developers of this program.
Most emulators have this problem of 'legality'.
For example: Dolphin, Wii Emulator.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 07:11:00 AM »

  • Built-In browser and App-Store(can download games from Google Play)

Doesn't this violate the agreement that Android devices must be "confirmed to be compatible" by Google in order to include Google Play?

http://source.android.com/faqs.html#compatibility

Therefore, I question the legality of this program.
You should better ask the developers of this program.
Most emulators have this problem of 'legality'.
For example: Dolphin, Wii Emulator.

Except "most emulators" don't include the games, nor an interface that allows you to download them.

That's why they're legal and the ROMS aren't.

Afterall, Nintendo uses emulators for the Virtual Console services, and the PSP/PS3 uses emulators for the PS1 games, and both either owns the rights to the games they're distributing, and thus is legal, or they got permission to distribute the games there.

EDIT: For clarification, I meant when it comes to copyright. IE, if the ROM image's copyright owners are okay with it, then the ROM's legal. That's why homebrew for game consoles are legal as long as they're deliberatly releasing it for free.

What alarmed me is not the fact that it's possible to load Android applications to it, but the fact that they're using Google Play as a mean to gain Android applications.

I want proof that they're allowed to do that from Google.

EDIT2: This settled my skepticism towards the legality of this emulator: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/04/05/bluestacks-beta-rooted-allows-installation-of-the-play-store/ In other words, now I'm okay with it.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 08:23:10 AM »

  • Built-In browser and App-Store(can download games from Google Play)

Doesn't this violate the agreement that Android devices must be "confirmed to be compatible" by Google in order to include Google Play?

http://source.android.com/faqs.html#compatibility

Therefore, I question the legality of this program.
You should better ask the developers of this program.
Most emulators have this problem of 'legality'.
For example: Dolphin, Wii Emulator.

Except "most emulators" don't include the games, nor an interface that allows you to download them.

That's why they're legal and the ROMS aren't.

Afterall, Nintendo uses emulators for the Virtual Console services, and the PSP/PS3 uses emulators for the PS1 games, and both either owns the rights to the games they're distributing, and thus is legal, or they got permission to distribute the games there.

EDIT: For clarification, I meant when it comes to copyright. IE, if the ROM image's copyright owners are okay with it, then the ROM's legal. That's why homebrew for game consoles are legal as long as they're deliberatly releasing it for free.

What alarmed me is not the fact that it's possible to load Android applications to it, but the fact that they're using Google Play as a mean to gain Android applications.

I want proof that they're allowed to do that from Google.

EDIT2: This settled my skepticism towards the legality of this emulator: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/04/05/bluestacks-beta-rooted-allows-installation-of-the-play-store/ In other words, now I'm okay with it.
You can still access the store and download apps by changing the browser's address to 'play.google.com'
It's possible because I've done that, it's just not visible directly.
You can also access the store by installing third-party softwares that make it visible. The link you showed is the same thing, makes the Google Play Icon visible in the Apps Screen. It's pre-installed but not directly visible. Also, if you use the search engine, you can download Google Play, Amazon, 1Mobile and GetJar. It's either possible without rooting or I have used my magic powers to get games through PlayStore.
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