Running Emulator (Android, BlueStacks) on MBP 2011 with SSD : Advice & user opinons

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MBP_187, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. MBP_187 macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #1
    Hi All,

    I wanted some advice & user opinions on using an emulator on my MBP 2011, i5 with SSD, 4 Gb RAM.

    I would like the option of running Android apps & games from my MBP, but I will not try if people have had negative experiences using emulators.

    Thanks in advance for the replies [​IMG]
     
  2. elf69 macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #2
    I been using it for years on my windows and now my 2009 macbook.

    all good.

    sometimes although rare if launch a game and get black screen or pixelated games....

    then need to either limited ram allowance or increase it.

    Only had it once on my new windows gaming tower.
    my macbook auto set this for me.

    I play boom beach and clash of clans mainly.
     
  3. tonyunreal macrumors regular

    tonyunreal

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    #3
    Your laptop should run Android emulators just fine as long as it doesn't overheat. My i7-2720QM with 8GB ram can run multiple instance of Clash Royale on Genymotion at the same time, no slow down, the fans come to full speed very quickly though.
     
  4. elf69 macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #4
    my C2D intel macbook and imac does not seem to get overly hot while running bluestack.
     
  5. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #5
    thank you for your input elf96 & tonyunreal :) Any recommendations on a site where I can download it?

    Elf69, you are from Cornwall UK? Beautiful place!
     
  6. elf69 macrumors 68000

    elf69

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cornwall UK
    #6
  7. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #7
    I just visited Cornwall a couple of months back, breath taking beautiful place! Was in Truro, went all over Cornwall. `missing Pasties lol

    Thanks for the link, I had started downloading from there already :) I will install once it downloads.

    Stay well :)
     
  8. jamin00 macrumors 6502a

    jamin00

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2012
    Location:
    Essex, UK.
    #8
    I tried Bluestacks but found it very slow. I trying Andy now and this is much better but only been using these the past few weeks so are there any better ones?
     
  9. MBP_187, Jul 30, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2016

    MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #9
    Thanks for the reply Jamin00.

    I cannot seem to use Bluestacks, it freezes at the startup. I have to Force Close it.

    any recommendations? where to find Andy?
     
  10. friedkimchi macrumors regular

    friedkimchi

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    #10
    Try Geny Motion. It's the fastest/free Android device emulator to me compared to Android Studio. I used it to launch/test my app for my final year project.

    You can just drop the apk into the emulator and you're good to go.
     
  11. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #11
    Thank you for the reply friedkimchi.

    I will uninstall BlueStacks today, its useless :( frozen at start up :/

    Do you have the link for Geny Motion?
    --- Post Merged, Jul 30, 2016 ---
    friedkimchi, Geny Motion is a Paid app. I was looking for a free Android Emulator. Thank you
     
  12. friedkimchi macrumors regular

    friedkimchi

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    #12
  13. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #13
    Thanks Friedkimchi. I have installed Andy today. It seems to be working fine, I have not yet downloaded any Androids apps from it.
     
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    #14
    I've used BlueStacks to run an Android app on the following Macs:
    - 2010 MacBook Pro, Mountain Lion 10.8
    - late 2012 Mac Mini, El Capitan 10.11

    Runs fine on both.
    Haven't tried any games.

    What really seems odd is that while Apple won't let you run iOS on the Mac using emulation, one can run Android apps relatively easy!
     
  15. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #15
    Update : currently running andy. No issues so far :)
     
  16. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2016
    Location:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    #16
    Any Advice on setting Virtual HD space etc?....
     

Share This Page