Bluestacks App Player is a compatibility layer and an emulator that allows a Windows PC or Mac to install and execute Android programs and integrate them on Windows Desktop without need of the Android SDK or a virtual machine.
Since Bluestacks is an alternative Android subsystem (Wine's best definition is also that), acess to official Android Market, core Goggle programs that smartphones and tablets have, device drivers, codecs will not work. (Like Wine, Bluestacks implements the Android user mode, not the kernel mode that includes a modified Linux kernel and device drivers).
The original Android kernel mode in Bluestacks environment are replaced by the native Windows subsystems (including audio/video codecs, filesystem, security, touchscreen handling, etc) which mimics the same behaviour. (like Wine does. In fact, the Bluestacks fake Dalvik VM acts like the Wine's wineserver).
For more details and user comments, view the versions of this application
|Version||Description||Latest Rating||Latest Wine version tested||Test results||Comments|
|0.x||First open version of Bluestacks App Player.||Garbage||1.9.12||9||0|
|4.x||This software need at least Dotnet35.||Garbage||5.0.2||2||0|
|5.0||With the fastest & lightest Android App Player ever built||Garbage||5.0.4||1||0|