BlueStacks runs Android and Windows simultaneously and seamlessly on PC devices. The technology can be integrated into offerings for both the consumer and commercial (enterprise) market segments.
BlueStacks is all about Android apps. BlueStacks makes it very easy to find, download and install Android apps.
End users can access one of the largest collections of free and paid Android apps from Amazon’s AppStore by logging in with their Amazon account credentials or by creating a new account if needed. Apps purchased from Amazon can be shared across multiple PC and phone devices.
In addition to Amazon, BlueStacks also supports app stores like GetJar and SlideMe through the “Apps” broker service. The “Apps” broker connects to multiple app markets to allow end consumers to search, download and install certified Android apps. All apps featured in the “Apps” broker are guaranteed to work on Windows PC devices.
Enterprises have embraced Android as the new platform for mobile applications. Many of the legacy applications like internal sales tools and in-care patient service tools are being rewritten for the Android platform.
Enterprises are now faced with many dilemmas in using these Android applications:
- Hardware: First and foremost is the need for a new Android tablet for each employee in the company. That is a huge capital outlay.
- Security: Android applications on tablets are not known to be secure enough to handle sensitive data.
- Manageability: Enterprise IT does not have the tools to manage Android applications after they are deployed in the enterprise
BlueStacks enables the work force to start using Android apps and eliminates the need to provide a new Android tablet in addition to the standard issue Windows PC. Android application “apk” can be easily converted into a standard “msi” package and then distributed and managed with Microsoft Systems Center and Citrix Receiver.
BlueStacks integrates seamlessly with the Citrix Receiver to schedule automated delivery of Android apps to Windows desktops and enables self service for the end consumer, who can download Android apps of their choice from the Citrix Enterprise application store. In addition, since BlueStacks is able to share data with the Android applications, all the data can be retained in the Windows environment where it can be encrypted and stored securely with the enterprise policies applied to it.