[FoRK] The Future of Desktops, Re: Dunning-Kruger effect discriminatory environs

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Sat Mar 1 10:28:04 PST 2014

Explicitly didn't mention bluestacks because it sucks.  Compatability 
and performance just to name two major issues.


On 2/28/2014 10:17 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> Or BlueStacks:
> http://www.bluestacks.com/
>> BlueStacks employs a lightweight, optimized, soft hypervisor with deep
>> enhancements to support "embedded virtualization". End consumers can
>> enjoy the full Android environment through BlueStacks, or just install
>> Android app icons directly on the Windows desktop. As is the case with
>> any advanced technology, the complexity is completely masked from the
>> end consumer.
>> The BlueStacks user interface is fully configurable. In addition,
>> BlueStacks can integrate with the custom software experiences designed
>> and developed by PC manufacturers.
> Amazingly, they have Google Play although they don't handle two-factor
> authentication directly.  And Android in Chrome. Nice.  Obviously being
> encouraged.
> I believe that Blue Stacks runs things natively on x86.  This probably
> limits apps a bit if they have ndk native code but only for Android.
> However, between Google TV and Intel Atom based Android, everyone will
> be shipping at least Arm and x86 binaries (if they aren't pure Java),
> and maybe MIPS.  Or perhaps BlueStacks is translating, perhaps using
> Intel's Houdini:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13005303/how-does-native-android-code-written-for-arm-run-on-x86
> Kindle Reader and Firefox install but don't get past a black screen.
> Chrome isn't compatible.
> They're also doing this:
> http://www.gamepop.tv/

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