Monday, March 8

Android emulator now works with ARM devices

Popular and efficient, BlueStacks benefits from a new version largely rewritten and capable of emulating Android on ARM devices… while consuming 40% less RAM.

The latest version of Bluestacks emulator will appeal to users of ARM devices.  Here the Apple MacBook Pro M1, for illustration

The latest version of Bluestacks emulator will appeal to users of ARM devices. Here the Apple MacBook Pro M1, for illustration // Gamesdone: Arnaud Gelineau for Frandroid

It’s coming back in a revamped version and it doesn’t come empty-handed, the Bluestacks emulator will soon be able to support ARM devices. It will therefore help you to emulate Android easily on a Surface Pro X or a Mac M1 (among others), but not immediately. At this time, the official page of Bluestacks 5 beta indeed only mentions compatibility with x86 processors from Intel and AMD.

Support for ARM chips should follow quickly, however, according to the report. communicated shared on February 15. Bluestacks 5 Beta is also only available on Windows for the moment. A priori, macOS users are not forgotten, but they will have to take their troubles patiently and be satisfied for the moment with the old version of the tool.

A convincing emulator … but which is satisfied with an old version of Android

This new version of Bluestaks, which replaces Bluestaks 4 launched in 2018, benefits from a code copiously rewritten for the occasion, specifies WindowsCentral. It now uses 40% less RAM, while offering up to 40% faster setup time. Enough to make even more effective one of the most popular Android emulators, which also gives access to a library now made up of more than 2 million games.

The utility offers for the rest a locking system of framerate and a Long-flight mode for long gaming sessions. An Eco mode to reduce energy consumption in multitasking is also topical. Despite its strengths, Bluestacks 5 also seems to have a big weakness: according to Android Authority, the utility emulates Android 7.1.2, which was launched in earnest.

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The thing is problematic since Android Nougat dates back to the year of grace 2016 and may cause compatibility problems on many applications. Indeed, not all developers maintain their app support for such an extended period of time, and this unfortunately reduces the interest of Bluestacks in the immediate future.

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