BlueStacks ports Android apps to Mac

Piggybacking on the Google I/O conference, BlueStacks unveils its Android app player on OS X.

BlueStacks wasn't kidding when they said that they were hosting a Mac-Android wedding.

(Credit: Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

SAN FRANCISCO -- App player BlueStacks announced the "marriage" of Mac and Android under a wedding tent today, across the street from the Moscone West home of Google I/O.

You can download the BlueStacks alpha for Mac from CNET Download.com or BlueStacks.com.

BlueStacks brings Android apps to your Mac. Free but in rough alpha, for now.

(Credit: BlueStacks)

The public alpha of BlueStacks for Mac brings BlueStacks' LayerCake technology to OS X and features several apps from BlueStacks partners such as HandyGames, CreativeMobile, and Pulse, in addition to the Android basics. BlueStacks will work on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and above.

When asked about whether people want Android apps on a Windows or Mac, Bluestacks CEO Rosen Sharma told CNET that his company is discovering some unexpected app usage. "One of the most popular apps in BlueStacks is Facebook, which beats the normal thinking. You can just go to Facebook in a browser." People, he said, get used to the app experience. "We are so used to using these apps, that we want the same apps everywhere." On the Mac, Rosen added that they are building BlueStacks for the new Retina screens.

When BlueStacks for Windows went public beta at the end of March, it scored more than 1 million downloads in its first nine days on the market, according to BlueStacks.

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