Google's Gmail and Drive apps, for instance, always appear as blown-up smartphone apps, even though tablet-optimized versions are available. That may be because the Bluestacks emulator is based on Android 2.3, an outdated version of Google's software.
I like the idea of Bluestacks, and now that touchscreen Windows 8 devices like the Surface Pro are here, the software finally has a worthy platform.
The execution, however, still needs a lot of work. Bluestacks is still in beta--and fortunately it's free in the meantime--so there's little harm in giving it a shot. Just don't expect a panacea for Windows 8's app deficiency.
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