Bluestacks, Lenovo deal extends Android apps to PCs


Lenovo is teaming with software firm BlueStacks to bring mobile applications written for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system to PCs running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows.

Per terms of the agreement, Lenovo--the world's largest PC manufacturer--will preload BlueStacks' App Player software and services on its Idea-branded consumer PCs, offering users access to popular Android apps and games like Fruit Ninja, Evernote, Pulse, Moviefone and Instagram. Lenovo also will leverage BlueStacks cloud technologies to enable users to sync their favorite apps, data and SMS text messages between their smartphone and PC.

App Player works with BlueStacks' Layercake emulator technology to enable Android apps to run full-screen on ultrabooks, notebooks, desktops, all-in-one PCs and tablets. BlueStacks has inked similar distribution partnerships with Asus, MSI and AMD, and the company expects App Player will ship preloaded on more than 100 PCs in 2013. In addition, more than 5 million consumers have downloaded the App Player software from the BlueStacks website.

BlueStacks has raised $15 million in funding from Andreessen-Horowitz, Redpoint Technologies and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). Late last year, the firm released a beta version of App Player for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Mac platform.

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