BlueStacks App Player Goes into Beta, Lets You Run Thousands of Android Apps on Your Mac!

Posted in Apple News, Apps on 31/12/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler


Earlier this year, we wrote about a new virtualization app called BlueStacks, which allows users to run Android apps on a Mac. The initial alpha released in June only featured support for 17 apps – but as  VentureBeat notes, the app has now entered beta, and includes support for every current app on the Google Play store.

The app is getting a lot of attention, as it is the first virtualization app of its kind – although for anyone but a developer, it’s extremely questionable just how useful the ability to run a mobile app on a desktop Mac or PC could really be. At any rate, if you’d like to give it a spin, a free download of the beta is available on the BlueStacks website.

Let us know if you try it out, and what you think!

  • DavidMorell

    I tried it out on my MacBook Pro. For apps like Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Messenger it was merely a mobile app experience on a desktop, which wasn’t bad but I already have this with my iPhone. What I did like was when I used Instagram. It recognized my FaceTime webcam and allowed me to snap a photo using that. Essentially it brought Instagram to the desktop, even though I was still using the mobile application.

    It can rack up on space. I noticed it starting hitting more then half a gig, so I’m sure it can go even more, but regardless, I was impressed with being able to do Instagram via my webcam.

    It’s a very innovative experience nonetheless. No shame in trying it out and I feel more people should.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.