USA TODAY: How to run Android apps on your computer


How to run Android apps on your computer

You have got 10 minutes left on your lunch break at the office and would love to boot up a game of Clash of Clans or Subway Surfers. Problem is, you don’t have your tablet with you. Or, if you’re on your computer at home, why do you have to get up and find your phone just to send someone a SnapChat? As long as you have the BlueStacks App Player ( on your PC or Mac, both of these scenarios can be avoided. Quite simply, App Player is a free program that lets you run Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) and supported apps on your computer — as if you were accessing them on your smartphone or tablet. In fact, the operating system doesn’t know it is being run on a personal computer. App compatibility is “north of 95%,” says BlueStacks marketing exec John Gargiulo at the San Jose, Calif.-based start-up.

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