BlueStacks’ App Player Brings 750,000+ Android Apps To Mac


Back in June, BlueStacks, a company specializing in Android virtualization, had released a public alpha of the App Player for the Mac, that allowed users to run a limited number of Android apps on the Mac such as Fruit Ninja, Pulse etc.

Today, the company has released the beta version of the App Player, which gives access to more than 750,000 apps on the Mac.

The Android App Player is also available for Windows. BlueStacks uses a custom binary-translation codenamed Layercake to allow apps designed for ARM processors–including apps that use hardware-accelerated graphics to run on the Mac and PC.

The App player on the Mac means that users will be able to use popular apps like Flipboard on their Mac.

BlueStacks VP of Business Development John Gargiulo told TechCrunch that the company hopes that the launch of the Mac app will help make going “Android-first” more attractive to developers:

“We look at it from the POV of our mobile developer partners – they start out by deciding, what mobile platform do we build for first? What’s going to get the most distribution? Now with BlueStacks, building for Android first means they’ll get on all PCs and Mac,”

Earlier in the month, the company announced that the app has been downloaded more than 5 million times. BlueStacks has also partnered with ASUS and AMD to distribute the Android App Player on their devices and has also received an investment from Qualcomm.

Via: TechCrunch

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  • crowfire09

    They need this for the iPhone!

    • Rounak Jain

      you mean android apps on iPhone, or iPhone apps on Mac?

      • Papertiger


  • Pete

    Android already has 750.000 apps? How much does the iPhone have?

    • Pacomacman

      Android may have 750,000 apps, but this is still quite a bit less than the App Store. An iPad can run every one of these apps, whereas an Android tablet can only run a small proportion of the 750,000! Since the same app on both platforms runs better on iOS I would rather have an iPad/iPhone emulator on the Mac. Since devs already have a standalone emulator it wouldn’t be too difficult for Apple to implement.

  • lala

    i need android port to ipod so android apps can play on ipod, this would be grand