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BlueStacks App Player for Mac

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Google's Android platform has grown exceptionally well over the years, with tons of new apps added to the Google Play store every day. BlueStacks for Mac offers a solution for users who want to download and enjoy their favorite Android apps on their Mac, too.

BlueStacks for Mac comes as free software that is supported by ads. Download takes a bit longer as the app is 112MB in size. The installation, however, is quick and easy. After the installation process completes, users can start searching for their favorite apps using the search bar or browse though more than 750,000 apps available on the Google Play store. After selecting the app, BlueStacks will download and install the app automatically, in just one click. However, when you first launch the app an advertisement will pop up. While the ads are rather distracting, the app functions perfectly fine. Users will find the app a pleasure to use, especially those who are familiar with the Android platform. Even though it's very functional, the app lacks a clean, polished, and refined look; but this is acceptable since the app seems to be in beta.

Other than the distracting ads, BlueStacks for Mac is a very capable solution for any Mac user looking for a way to run their favorite Android app on a Mac.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wasting Your Time"

    June 10, 2013  |   By carlos-teran

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.5.107

    Pros

    None for the Mac version. Probably the PC version really works, for all the buzz.

    Cons

    It doesn't work. It just says "loading". After uninstalling, reinstalling, etc, that won't change.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Can't Install"

    April 6, 2013  |   By fastfonz

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.5.107

    Pros

    So far its ok, but like a limited demo. I can run a few apps, they run ok but I can't add new apps.

    Cons

    Can't add apps or enter settings.

    Summary

    It might turn out to be a quite enjoyable program. Best of luck to the developer. Looking forward to updating this review.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not ready for prime time."

    April 6, 2013  |   By intlpvti

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.5.107

    Pros

    None. I think I installed it but that was it.

    Cons

    Legion. It simply doesn't work with a Mac.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Would be great - If it worked."

    March 21, 2013  |   By rrobich

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.5.107

    Pros

    Worked great the first time I opened it! I was so excited to use it.

    Cons

    Hasn't gotten past the "Loading" screen since the first time I opened and used it. I tried uninstalling, reinstalling, new version, moving com.bluestacks files, deleting those files, etc. Nothing works. Wish it did.

    Summary

    Was great for a few hours, doesn't work anymore.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Restricted Android Device"

    November 6, 2012  |   By TylerAllen86

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.3.151

    Pros

    Android apps on mac

    Cons

    No android market place
    un rooted
    can't mod

    Summary

    What Mac users Do!
    http://portingteam.com/files/file/7600-android4mac/
    Basically a port made of bluetstacks but with the the android market. downloading. themes. fully rooted android device as a apple app.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worth downloading"

    July 28, 2012  |   By JohnnotJon

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.3.151

    Pros

    Love playing apps like Drag Racing on my MacBook Pro

    Runs the apps faster than on my phone

    Responsive customer service

    Cons

    Ran into a big (couldn't install) but customer support helped me figure it out

    Still in alpha mode so the website says

    Summary

    Definitely worth a download - very user-friendly for an alpha release

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Cloud Connect is a must but not present on the alpha"

    July 13, 2012  |   By robertoandrade

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.2.110

    Pros

    Its good fun to see the product working as well as it does on Windows

    Cons

    but for true testing I need either access to installing my own apks or having the CloudConnect feature.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works very well, but crowd your desktop/launchpad"

    July 11, 2012  |   By teixeiras

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.2.110

    Pros

    Very Fast

    Make an android application feels like home.

    Cons

    Small number of applications by default.

    Each android application installed on bluestack it create a new entrance at Launchpad. And create a new Shortcut group on Dock, and add the application on Dock, and add on top bar.... Every place will have a mark from the software.

    Summary

    The application works very well, but I had to uninstall it to recovery my uncrowded and organized desktop/Launcpad.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crash and Burns Immediately on Use"

    June 28, 2012  |   By gregorysreid

    Version: BlueStacks App Player 0.2.1.17

    Pros

    There are probably some advantages, but since it crashes immediately I can't get to them

    Cons

    See the Pro section, above.

    Summary

    This Bluestacks application downloaded and installed just fine. It came with a small set of apps (e.g. Facebook). Immediately when opening any of the apps, the Bluestacks App Player crashes on the Mac. On all of the apps...

    Save your time. I am going to wait for a 'real' release. This one is a '0.x' version so no surprise that it doesn't work at all.

    Bluestacks a great idea, but so was the cold fusion nuclear reactor... LOL

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