BlueStacks recently received an update. The update pushes the version to 4. The BlueStacks 4 is the successor of the BlueStacks 3. A few months ago, BlueStacks released the BlueStacks N. The BlueStacks N was here with Android Nougat. The BlueStacks N was not a direct successor of the BlueStacks 3. It was in the testing stages for quite a while. It looks like the company has now replaced the BlueStacks N with BlueStacks 4. The BlueStacks 4 is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which is why I believe that it’s the same BlueStacks N that has got a final shape now. The BlueStacks 4 promises to give you a performance boost. The company has shown the phone performing better than most of the flagship Android phones available at the moment. According to the company, the BlueStacks 4 performs 6x better than the Galaxy S9 Plus.
Unlike the BlueStacks 2, and BlueStacks 3, the BlueStacks 4 is more about performance updates. The previous 2 versions focused more on the cosmetic changes.
UI Changes in the BlueStacks 4
There are UI changes in the BlueStacks 4, but they are not as prominent as they were in the previous update. For example, in the BlueStacks 3, we had an Apps menu in which we could see the System Apps having applications like Google Play Store and others. In the BlueStacks 4, the company has added a little toolbar that sticks to the bottom. This toolbar has the Apps Center, Instance Manager, Google Play Store, Help Center, and Rewards Manager.
BlueStacks now gives you BlueStacks points for installing each application. I tried installing Need for Speed No Limits and it gave me 5 BlueStacks points. The more games you play, more reward points you will earn.
In the Settings of the emulator, you can find the options to change wallpaper and the skins. The wallpapers feature is premium. If you happen to be an avid BlueStacks user, you may consider investing a few bucks in order to get the wallpaper feature. There are 3 skins that are available for free, but you will have to redeem those skins.
In the bottom menu bar of the BlueStacks 4, you can find the options such as Keyboard Controls, Toggle Keys Tips Display, Screenshot, and Toggle Full Screen. At the top, you can see the tabs of all the apps that are open in the BlueStacks. The notifications bar also appears at the top. The notifications for your BlueStacks Account appear in the icon right next to the Account icon.
On the Home screen of BlueStacks 4, you can find System Apps. These Apps include the Play Store, Browser, Camera, Google Play Games, and Media Manager. If you want to copy any files from your computer to the BlueStacks 4, you will have to open Settings > Import windows files. The imported files will appear in the Media Manager of the BlueStacks 4.
All the enhancements in BlueStacks 4:
- Performance and Robustness
- Performs better than most of the Android Flagship phones of today.
- Simplified UI
- I personally think that pervious versions of BlueStacks were a little bit complex to use. BlueStacks 4 takes this angle into account and minimizes all the complexity.
- The previous BlueStacks also supported Multi-instance, however, the company has now improved this Multi-instance feature to run faster and better.
- Search Recommendations
- It can now make search recommendations based on your interest.
- New installer
- The new installer is fast and consumes fewer resources.
- New Key Mapping
- It is easy to map keys according to your liking now.
- More Languages
- It supports more languages than the previous versions.
- Easy Navigation
- It is easy to move through this version of BlueStacks.
BlueStacks 3 vs BlueStacks 4 in a nutshell
Gameplay on BlueStacks 4
To give the BlueStacks 4 a run, I installed the Tekken on it. By default, you have to use your mouse to swipe on the screen or to perform any action in the game. However, with the new keymapping, it was really easy for me to set up all the controls. I mapped the keys to work with Tekken and played the game just like I’d play on a console. The graphics of this game are quite impressive so they did not disappoint me on the BlueStacks 4.
I also tried playing PUBG Mobile on the emulator and found it running flawlessly. If BlueStacks supports Fortnite for Android as it comes out, it will definitely run impressively on this emulator.
BlueStacks 4 – The best Android Emulator
BlueStacks has been around for last 8 years. The BlueStacks, initially, was not a very solid Android Emulator. It also faced a lot of competition from the Android Emulators like the Andy Android Emulator, NoxPlayer, MEmu, KO Player, and others. The only thing that resulted in the popularity of BlueStacks is the way it extemporized over the course of the past couple of years.
BlueStacks got an update to BlueStacks 2 in 2015. This was an update after 5 years of the original BlueStacks. From 2015 to 2018, BlueStacks got updated to BlueStacks 3, BlueStacks N, and now the emulator has got an update to BlueStacks 4.
This shows how consistent the team has been in keeping the BlueStacks up to the mark. The emulator which consumed a lot of resources of a computer back in the day now works utilizing the least amount of resources. Where BlueStacks 4 comes with a performance boost, it also puts the least amount of load on your computer. BlueStacks 4 has been designed to give you the best possible performance with the games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Asphalt 9, and all other such popular games.
Download BlueStacks 4
BlueStacks 4 is now up for the grabs. Following are the system requirements for BlueStacks 4.
BlueStacks 4 System Requirements:
- OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit only)
- You must be an Administrator on your PC.
- Processor: Intel Core i5-680 (PassMark 3500) or higher processor with virtualization extensions enabled in the BIOS
- Graphics: Intel HD 5200 (PassMark 750) or higher
- Memory: 2GB – 6GB or higher
- HDD: SSD (or fusion)
- storage HDD Space: 4GB – 40GB
- Internet: Broadband connection to access games, accounts and related content
Download BlueStacks 4 – Download Link
BlueStacks is an Android App Player. This Player can be used to emulate on your computer running on Windows or Mac OS. BlueStacks uses the virtualization to work on your computer. Inside your computer, it works just like an Android tablet. BlueStacks is a great tool if you want to play your favorite Android games on your computer or if you want to use your favorite applications like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Prisma on the computer.