BlueStacks App Player
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BlueStacks App Player lets you run your Android apps fast and full screen on your Apple computer.
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Version 0.3.6.102: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Traum reviewed on 05 Jan 2014
Not bad but takes minutes to load up and updates all the time. The app player itself hasn't updated in about a year though - at this rate they'll reach 1.0 in around a decade.
[Version 0.3.6.102]


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Ry.ma commented on 15 Sep 2013
Even in the current version: this emulator definitely does not work as it should.
[Version 0.3.6.102]


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Cowicide reviewed on 01 Jul 2013
BTW, MacUpdate this is now up to 0.3.6

As I mentioned, it DOES work at least in my limited testing with Google Play apps. It even works with my iSight camera, etc.

But, there's a huge bummer that I can't ignore...

WARNING:

After further testing, I found that they install (without any option, notice or warning) a menubar app that runs nonstop on your Mac every time you start up your computer (you can quit it from the menubar at least).

So far I've found that they've decided that I must want uHD-Agent in my Login Items which launches that menubar app every time I run my computer. Even after disabling the uHD-Agent from my Login Items, the Bluestacks app forced it BACK as a startup item AGAIN after I launched the app.

Um, bluestack, we Mac users aren't like Windows users. You do that and we tend to get very angry. Make it OPTIONAL.

Once this apps stops trying to force its unwanted menubar, etc. through its uHD-Agent, I'll consider rating this again perhaps.

Bluestacks, ditch the uHD-Agent login item or make it OPTIONAL. I don't need more stuff cluttering up my computer. That's why I use a Mac.
[Version 0.2.5.107]

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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 01 Jul 2013
Thanks for the heads-up, Cowicide. I backdated the listing to match the timestamp on the application: 21 March 2013.
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Strumsky replied on 14 Jul 2013
This doesn't in any way exonerate BlueStacks but, for anyone curious and reading this thread, you can disable the memory-hogging uHD- programs by (1) quitting BlueStacks from the taskbar menu bar at the top of your screen - under the little BlueStacks icon; (2) opening Activity Monitor, then finding and "Quitting" the processes there; or maybe (3) during installation don't allow it to add it to the Dock - maybe that will stop the hitchhiking of this app. Note: Sophos labels the uHD programs as "trojans" for Windows machines (http://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-center/threat-analyses/viruses-and-spyware/Troj~Agent-UHD.aspx).
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rjjcvb replied on 21 Nov 2013
Just trash the following file:
/Applications/BlueStacks.app/Contents/Runtime/uHD-Agent.app

Problem solved.
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Cowicide replied on 26 Nov 2013
rjjcvb, doesn't the app put if right back in there again after you run it again?
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Cowicide commented on 30 Jun 2013
Tried again with 0.3.6 and it seems to be working quite well. It's still a confusing set up but I followed along slowly and now I'm running Android apps through Google Play on my Mac. Be aware it will install some launchagents on your Mac after you first launch BlueStacks called: logrotator, service, uninstallagent and updateragent.

I will come back with a full review after further testing for stability, etc.
[Version 0.2.5.107]


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Cowicide reviewed on 03 Feb 2013
Buggy Hell on ANY platform. Even on Windows 7 this app is a nightmare. I keep getting stuck where it simply demands that you go "next" after telling it you do NOT want to sync to your Android phone.

If FORCES you to put in an email again EVEN if you have previously already done so and it REFUSES to allow me to change the phone to to being off.

Extrememly frustrating. It seems the developers are the type of devs who don't actaully USE what they make. Quality Assurance is out the window.

BOO.
[Version 0.2.5.107]


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Ry.ma commented on 14 Jan 2013
Currently this software is useless on macintosh system.
[Version 0.2.5.107]


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Bioxy commented on 28 Dec 2012
Does BlueStacks make Mac OS X as insecure and allow privacy violations as much as Android? more so?
[Version 0.2.5.107]

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Derekcurrie replied on 10 Jan 2013
The Android apps themselves, malware or not, don't have a clue about OS X and couldn't do anything to it.

HOWEVER, any Mac app could be a trojan.

Considering Robio's malware report below:
uHD-Agent is a WINDOWS-ONLY Trojan. So if uHD-Agent really is being installed, it's INERT on OS X, dead code. BFD if it's in your 'StartupItems' folder. Therefore: HUH?

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-center/threat-analyses/viruses-and-spyware/Troj~Agent-UHD.aspx
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Robio commented on 27 Dec 2012
Downloaded. Started up. But it never finished loading, even after 5m. And its various processes were sucking up huge amounts of CPU. I'll just keep using my Android for my Android apps. (Not sure what I was going to do with this anyway.)
[Version 0.2.5.107]

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Robio replied on 31 Dec 2012
UPDATE & ***WARNING***: This thing installs a TROJAN called uHD-Agent, which cannot be found in the Finder (even with hidden files turned on) to uninstall, and places it in your Startup Items. DO NOT DOWNLOAD!
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Yuzver' replied on 09 Jan 2013
You are sure that it's trojan ?
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Derekcurrie replied on 10 Jan 2013
Robio: I don't see the point of BlueStacks installing uHD-Agent on a Mac, seeing as uHD-Agent is a Windows-Only Trojan. It's inert on OS X, incapable of running. Even if it did magically run, it's looking for Windows and has not-a-clue about OS X.

PLEASE: Post your source for this malware report or detail how you discovered the uHD-Agent infection. This isn't making sense so far.
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Tachy0n reviewed on 04 Oct 2012
This is still a work in progress, so it's unfair to comment on the fact that you can't load any old Android executable in there, and you are using a mouse/trackpad where touch support is required.
However I can comment that this app makes a background process called uHD-Kal run when you login and then a bunch of others called uHD-Pal.
Each one uses up resources and I don't normally mind but this is up to 5% of my memory.
Currently seeking the instructions on how to uninstall this.
[Version 0.2.3.151]


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Awado reviewed on 29 Jun 2012
Well, it actually DOES install on 10.7.4, at least on my MBP. It installs a kind of Android virtual machine, some launchd items and a bunch of android apps. Note that there is an menu item providing an uninstaller. But somehow all this is nothing I would call user friendly or "mac like".
[Version 0.2.1.17]

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Acuraice replied on 29 Jun 2012
even when i got the installer to complete,i was left with a folder called android apps in my applications folder,with a bunch of apps,none would open,no bluestacks app at all to launch,no menu item to uninstall since the menu item never ran correctly. Totally useless on 3.4 ghz intel quad core i7 27 inch imac,10.7.4,16 gigs of ram
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edrin replied on 05 Jul 2012
hi guys do u have any idea when ll come an update for installing ur android apk coz there are only 8 games.
also i wanna say that i have mountain lion developer preview 4 and it works fine.there is no app apart in lunch pad or applications there is a folder on ur dock that has this apk that they ll open only if u click on them.if ur unistaller doesn't work u have app delete that delete all directories and folders that are related with that application
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ROLDANM2474 rated on 02 Apr 2014

[Version 0.3.6.102]



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Acuraice rated on 09 Jul 2012

[Version 0.2.2.110]



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Leonh rated on 29 Jun 2012

[Version 0.2.1.17]


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Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:21 Mar 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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