BlueStacks is a free Android emulator that lets anyone play mobile games and apps on a computer with a mouse and keyboard. Until now it’s been limited to PC users, but Mac owners can now use the software that already has around 90 million Windows users.
BlueStacks runs any Android app on Mac
The app previously saw light of day as an ‘alpha’ release for Mac users back in 2012, but the company has now released the popular BlueStacks App Player officially for the Mac for the first time, so that users can play mobile games and use apps from mobile on their desktop and laptop machines. The company says it’s working to optimise BlueStacks for the Mac to take advantage of the large Retina high-res displays found on most Macs, as well as incorporating touch gestures on Apple trackpads.
“Mac OS is a top notch platform and we worked hard to take advantage of everything it has to offer,” said BlueStacks Principal Software Architect David Reese. “From pinch to zoom on the trackpad to its retina display we optimized for everything.”
BlueStacks can run x86-based and ARM-based apps, supports Android TV apps, and has the ability to share files and content from desktop to mobile via syncing. Users can also download Android apps from Google Play in exactly the same way they would on an Android device.
Besides trackpad and Retina display support on the Mac, it also has microphone, sensor and camera integration, as well as native graphics support to run graphically intensive games.
If you’re not already familiar with BlueStacks, the company has backing from investors such as Intel, Qualcomm and AMD…
The BlueStacks App Player for Mac is available to download for free from the company’s website today.