JanSt

Run Droid Apps on your Mac

If you have a craving for Android apps on your Mac, you may want to try Bluestack's Android App Player
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Run-Android-Apps-on-Your-Mac-Download-Android-App-Player-278046.shtml

It's still in Alpha.

UPDATE 28 Dec, 2012 The Mac version of Bluestack's App Player is now in Beta. ALL Play Store apps are now supported. 17 apps come pre-installed, and you can install up to 26 apps in the player http://bluestacks.com/index.html

http://eins.my/wp-content/uploads/bluestacks-app-player-beta.jpg

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 13:41

Okay... downloaded, and installed. Works quite smoothly.
Whatsapp, Seesmic and Pulse look quite nice on a Mac.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 13:47

Any version for Linux (Mint or Ubuntu) or Windows (XP or 7)?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 13:54

Any version for Linux (Mint or Ubuntu) or Windows (XP or 7)?

The Windows Alpha ended, but you can sign up for the upcoming Beta. http://bluestacks.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=68a6b65373afa8a5e344754c4&id=ccb6996347 Gotta say: it's quite impressive for an Alpha!!!! Now, if only this was my Mac :(

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 13:59

PS The Alpha version for Mac currently includes:

Air Control Lite, Alchemy, Basketball Shot, Drag Racing, Elastic World, Facebook, Glow Hockey, Guns'n'Glory, Paper Toss, Pulse, Robo Defense, Seesmic, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Zebra Paint.

On the Mac you currently cannot sideload additional apps. But in future they want you to be able to use ALL apps.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:40

Updated in 1st post :)

Stelph  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:17

Interesting how the title is "play Droid apps on your Mac" and yet the photo is of Windows

Obv the photo was added later but you may want to update the title Jan?
http://bluestacks.com/

Stelph  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:20

Also out of curisoity is it the proper Android Play Store? As in would I be able to log into the Play Store using my current Android account?

Im about to pull the trigger on a Acer W510 running windows 8, this would be quite a cool way of adding additional apps, espcially ones id bought already

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:26

Also out of curisoity is it the proper Android Play Store? As in would I be able to log into the Play Store using my current Android account?

Im about to pull the trigger on a Acer W510 running windows 8, this would be quite a cool way of adding additional apps, espcially ones id bought already


No, you sideload apps, as far as I know. But that was the Alpha version. I haven't tried this latest version, yet. Might do it later... Mac's at work, and I have currently no Win on my laptop..

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:36

Interesting how the title is "play Droid apps on your Mac" and yet the photo is of Windows

Obv the photo was added later but you may want to update the title Jan?
http://bluestacks.com/


added the pic because of matt's question re. Windows.
Also: when I started the thread originally the Alpha for Mac was only just launched, while the Win version was 'old news' ;)

Lastly: though posts can be edited, titles can't :(

Stelph  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:41

Also out of curisoity is it the proper Android Play Store? As in would I be able to log into the Play Store using my current Android account?

Im about to pull the trigger on a Acer W510 running windows 8, this would be quite a cool way of adding additional apps, espcially ones id bought already


No, you sideload apps, as far as I know. But that was the Alpha version. I haven't tried this latest version, yet. Might do it later... Mac's at work, and I have currently no Win on my laptop..


I think ill have a play, am interested to see that theres a video on yourube of someone integrating apps into the "interface formally known as metro", a very slick intergration for Windows 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqdDwDIdol8

Pondlife  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:44

Was very clunky and slow when I tried running it on netbook earlier in the year. So slow that I wondered what else it might be doing and un-installed it.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:50

Was very clunky and slow when I tried running it on netbook earlier in the year. So slow that I wondered what else it might be doing and un-installed it.

No probs with the Alpha on a Macbook Pro.

Pondlife  Dec. 28, 2012 at 13:55

Thinking the w510 might be more similar in spec to the netbook than a macbook pro though..

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 15:29

Thinking the w510 might be more similar in spec to the netbook than a macbook pro though.. The W510 is quite snappy, actually. But you're probably right - an emulator does want a bit of power.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 15:42

Thinking the w510 might be more similar in spec to the netbook than a macbook pro though.. The W510 is quite snappy, actually. But you're probably right - an emulator does want a bit of power.
Just ran it on my laptop (1st Gen. Intel i5), and it performed perfectly well.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 16:31

Thinking the w510 might be more similar in spec to the netbook than a macbook pro though.. The W510 is quite snappy, actually. But you're probably right - an emulator does want a bit of power.
Just ran it on my laptop (1st Gen. Intel i5), and it performed perfectly well.


So, does it offer direct access to the Play Store, or does one need to sideload additional apps?
I'll try the new Mac version later or tomorrow.

Stelph  Dec. 28, 2012 at 23:03

Well the w510 is supposed to be faster than previous netbooks, tho strictly speaking that's probably more due to windows 8 being lower on resources.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 28, 2012 at 23:22

Well the w510 is supposed to be faster than previous netbooks, tho strictly speaking that's probably more due to windows 8 being lower on resources.
I'm too lazy too look up its specs, but if it's got an Atom processor, it'll make continental drift look fast.

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