The two companies have teamed up to bring 500,000 mobile Android apps to Windows PCs through the AMD AppZone Player starting Thursday. The software is powered by BlueStacks, a company that makes it possible to download and run Android apps on PCs and Macs.
The partnership between BlueStacks and AMD, which has invested in the software company, focuses on optimizing Android apps for AMD-powered Windows devices. While Intel-powered PCs can access Android apps through BlueStacks’ original Windows software, the AppZone Player is optimized for AMD’s GPU and APU technology.
“This helps AMD leapfrog Intel by making Windows 8 more attractive on their tablets and PCs,” BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma told Wired in an e-mail. “We’ve worked closely together to optimize the performance of the apps for AMD’s unique ‘graphics and computing on one chip’ setup. The result is awesome — mobile apps run beautifully on their machines.”
The AppZone Player is especially useful considering the nascent state of app development for Windows 8. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is currently pitching the new system to developers, but the platform has only around 2,000 apps just one month before launch. With BlueStacks’ technology, AMD PC users won’t have to worry; they will be able to easily access the apps available on the established Android ecosystem.
Popular apps like Flipboard, Homerun Baseball and Jetpack Joyride will be available to use on current AMD-powered Windows 7 PCs and upcoming Windows 8 devices (including touch-enabled ones). Currently, however, most manufacturers have announced Intel-powered Windows 8 PCs, notebooks and tablets.…Read more:
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