Bluestacks for Mac now available

To complement Google’s annual developers conference, I/O 2012, which took place on Monday of this week and saw a few new products, including Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a new Nexus 7 tablet and that famous Google Project Glass head-mounted computer, BlueStacks has released an alpha version of its Android emulation program for Macs, allowing you to run a number of Android apps directly on your Mac.

The release follows BlueStacks for Windows, which was released back in March this year and amounted an amazing 1 million downloads in just 9 days within launch. The app runs Android apps in their own virtualisation environment whilst still maintaining their original functionality.

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BlueStacks for Mac was released this week with 17 apps already available

The app, which is available as an alpha download from their website, is currently in Alpha status (so there will probably be some bugs and issues that need fixing) and runs as a Stack next to your Trash on your Dock. BlueStacks have signed up with several developers and there are 17 apps available, including Facebook, Pulse, Seesmic, Twitter for Android and WhatsApp (which also works despite being a app completely for mobile phones), with more to follow. There is also talk about optimising the apps for high-resolution retina graphics on the new MacBook Pro and the company is also positioning the App Player as a way of “breaking open the Apple ecosystem”.

BlueStacks may also make it possible for Mac users to download and experience free Android apps, instead of purchasing them off the App Store. Angry Birds, for instance (sorry to use a clichéd example!), is free on the Android platform (ad-supported, of course) but £0.69 (for me anyway) from the App Store. If more developers sign up to BlueStacks, then there may be more free apps available for Mac, though at some limitations (the emulation can be a bit jerky sometimes).

BlueStacks for Mac is available for immediate download (installation around 850 MB) from their website. Be warned, though, that this release is an alpha version so there will almost certainly be some bugs and limitations at the moment. And although the project is currently in its infancy, we are pretty certain that more developers will sign up soon, giving you a far greater choice of apps.


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  • Hmmm… why would someone run a mobile app on a desktop? The converse would be awesome though…

  • Glad to see a port for Mac finally done. But I must admit, I kind of find it hilarious since to me it almost looks like a punch in the face towards Apple, considering the fact that they’re dropping all things Google from their toys, and now this app has made it to the Mac, allowing users to run even more stuff from Google. Lol, oh, the irony.

    • LoL, you have no idea what you are talking about. The fact that Apple dropped google maps from iOS is not in the slightest bit indicative of a mass exodus of Google services from Apple products. Apple and Google both make way too much money off each others services to start actually slugging it out like the neanderthals that idiots like you constantly portray them as. Apple just realized that with the introduction of Android, Google held too much sway with the success/failure of iOS as a system (i.e. Google could drop maps support and leave Apple high and dry).

      • You’re forgetting that fact that Apple has demonstrated through these last years that it has started to become the kind of corporation that likes to do things on it’s own whenever it cans. I’m not saying that Apple is producing an “exodus” as you say, of Google stuff, it just means that they are slowly changing the game rules of their own products and anybody can see they prefer doing things on their own, so they’re not just slowly dropping Google, but other companies and brands as well, remember that when you do stuff on your own, all your profit goes to you. I’m both an Apple and Google user, and this is the way I see things happening from my perspective, and I’m sure a lot of “idiots” out there share my point of view as well, and that we also believe that there are other kinds of idiots out there that don’t respect neither the opinion or point of view of others, just like you. :)

      • Think about what you are saying for a minute. You are arguing that Apple is “doing things on their own” by paying TomTom for their mapping and navigation services and replacing google search results in their maps app with Yelp and “crowd sourcing” traffic info using Waze? Apple isn’t trying to take over all aspects of their software, they are just (as I already said) trying to spread their dependencies over more and smaller organizations that aren’t directly competing with them and don’t have any incentive to interfere with Apples products and business model. There was a time when Google stood to make the most money by letting Apple use its services without making waves. That time has come and gone, so Apple has moved on to new sources of information services.

  • I tried it already today and I must say, that it is a good start.
    But there is a big lack of features compared to the Windows-version. There you can sync it with your android phone and even install the Play Store, so that you have access to all available apps.
    I would also love to see, that you can install your own apks. Then the app would be interisting for developers, too (the emulator of the android SDK is soooo slow)

    • That’s the one thing I’m hoping for over here, the ability to install your own apks. Now THAT would be a very much welcome feature.

  • This is awesome. I really like Whatsapp on a desktop computer. The installation was quite easy.

  • Mine worked for two days and now it doesn’t start the player anymore. :(

  • i couldn’t run the appstore. it’s blank. any thought?