BlueStack, on the other hand, provides access to Google Play (also Amazon's app store, and a couple other app stores which I've never heard of). So it really opens up the possibilities.
Although it doesn't claim to be a full fledge Android emulator, it does spent some effort to make it's GUI feels like an Android. It has the familiar home, back, and menu buttons
Downloading app is not very smooth. Probably due to my intermittent Internet connection, it often got interrupted, and when it does it won't resume. I had to start all over. Nevertheless, I managed to download some game apps in it.
However, when I try it on my other PC that has Intel Atom processor, it is unbearably sluggish.
But the problem becomes really apparent when you try playing Raging Thunder.
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So, realistically speaking, there aren't so many use cases for running android apps on your PC/notebook. As someone mentioned to me, you can use it to run WhatsApp using an account which you have registered in your phone before. Running WhatsApp in PC has a benefit since you can use the keyboard so you can chat faster. However, this benefit is not applicable for other instant messaging apps (Line, Facebook Messenger, Yahoo, etc), because they all have PC/Web client. So you can just install them without the need for BlueStacks.
Other than that, I can't think of any use cases for BlueStacks.
What I hate about BlueStacks
Granted I don't see much use of this software, but what really annoys me is that this software is not well-behaved. I see evidences that this software is trying to take root deep in your system.
- On start up the software always attached itself to the windows task bar. Most software will give options to disable auto start feature, but not this one.
- It doesn't give a link for uninstalling. You have to go to Control Panel to do that.
- Even after you uninstall it from the Control Panel, it won't uninstall cleanly. Its files are still in Program Files folder. Also, It still has two services that starts automatically when your computer boots up. I had to disable it manually.
Don't waste you time. Stay away from this. In the meantime, Android apps should stay in real Android devices.