Back in June of 2012, the alpha version of the Bluestacks App Player was first released for the Mac OS. The purpose of the app was simple: to allow users to run Android-based applications on the Mac operating system. Now, just a few days ago, the beta for Bluestacks was released to the public, and now supports both Windows and Mac operating systems. Most significantly, Bluestacks claims to support the download and use of over 750,000 Android apps on your Windows PC or Mac.
Bluestacks is Freeware, meaning that pretty much anyone can download and use the service for free. Overall, my experience with Bluestacks, especially considering that it is a free application, was a favorable one. There were, however, a few tough spots that you might run in to.
Stuck on loading screen
I don’t know whether its because Bluestacks is being flooded with users, or for some other unknown reason, but sometimes I will get stuck on the loading screen for the app (depicted below). Even after waiting 10 or 15 minutes, I’m still not actually presented with the Bluestacks interface. Try your luck; sometimes the app works for me, sometimes it doesn’t.
Unable to download some apps
Bluestacks claims to support over 750,000 applications, but for me, a lot of the apps that I wanted to get could not be downloaded. For example, one of the first apps that I tried to download was the popular title “Temple Run.” However, to my disappointment, the app would never download, and thus never run. Other apps such as Evernote downloaded just fine, but I guess either Bluestacks doesn’t support games, or Temple Run was not one of the 750,000 apps that were supported.
Apps don’t run in full screen
What you seem to be getting with Bluestacks is an Android tablet emulator. As far as I can tell, it is impossible to actually run these apps at full screen. On my 13″ Macbook Pro, the Bluestacks app will take up a good 70% of your screen space, but so far I haven’t been able to get the app to maximize to the full 1280×800 dimensions that I usually enjoy with apps such as Chrome or iTunes.
Overall, Bluestacks beta seems like a pretty good starting product, but I don’t believe the app was designed with games in mind. Some of the apps that Bluestacks does support will be sure to please some users through, including Pulse news reader, Instagram, and more.
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