BlueStacks ports Android apps to Mac

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BlueStacks ports Android apps to Mac

BlueStacks ports Android apps to Mac

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 06:15 PM PDT

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.

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