Using Android Apps on a Windows 8 Tablet (Video)

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You may remember seeing Joe Levi’s video about using Bluestacks software to run Android apps on a normal Windows 7 PCs and that was very cool, but I thought it would be fun to see how the same software works on a Windows 8 tablet… especially since we can expect a number of new Windows 8 tablets to be released later this year. Take a look at the video below to see how it works. Now remember that this is an unfinished beta software program running on an unfinished beta Windows 8 operating system running on an old HP Touchsmart TM2 tablet from before the original iPad was released. The Bluestacks software has some GPU acceleration driver problems on this tablet and operating system so the display is a bit slower than it normally would be, however Android apps do still run alright. Sometimes it freezes up and you have to reboot the Bluestacks software, but that is to be expected for a beta program.

Still, this could be a pretty cool solution for running Android apps that you’ve already bought on some of the new Windows 8 tablets that might be coming out later this year. Mind you, the Bluestacks software will likely only work on x86/x64 based Windows 8 tablets and not the ARM-based ones.


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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!