Get ready to get nekkid and sing kumbaya, because the lovefest is starting.
On the eve of the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference a couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new tool that brought iOS apps to Windows-using developers. Today, we bring news of a tool to let you run an Android app on a Mac.
Doesn’t it just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
BlueStacks, a company that specializes in mobile app/operating system emulation, is today launching a tool that will let you run any kind of Android app on a Mac.
BlueStacks launched a similar tool for running Android apps on Windows devices earlier this year. The Mac app is basically the same thing in an Apple-flavored box.
To announce the launch, the startup has set up shop in an enormous “wedding” tent across the street from Moscone Center, where the Google I/O developer conference is taking place, and it’s wooing developers with Android/Apple “marriage announcement” signage.
“People are spending a lot of time on their smartphones and want the same experience on all devices,” said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma in a statement this evening.
He further pointed out that the Android ecosystem has suffered from a lack of quality tablet applications, a malady he hopes today’s release might somewhat alleviate; the logic is that Android developers would be more likely to turn out a quality tablet app if they know someone’s going to be viewing and using it from a sexed-up MacBook Retina display. Seems like a stretch, but far be it from me to talk smack at a “wedding.”
Here’s what the BlueStacks “app-on-the-wrong-OS” software looks like downloading and running Angry Birds on a PC; Mac users can expect to see basically the same:
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The BlueStacks software will be free for users to download from the company’s website.
Developers of Android apps can opt into having their application featured in the BlueStacks app library. While they won’t be able to see the number of individual downloads, they might see an increase in app usage, and BlueStacks can provide fuller data reports on that.
Campbell, Calif.-based BlueStacks was founded in 2009 and has taken a total of $14 million in funding to date from AMD, Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners, and Helion Ventures.