BlueStacks And AMD Team Up To Launch The Largest Collection Of Android Apps A PC Has Ever Seen
Back in March, BlueStacks announced the availability of the beta-1 version of their App Player for the PC. Thanks to BlueStacks LayerCake technology, this App Player enabled Android apps to run on x86-based PCs. They’ve now taken their App Player one step further by teaming up with AMD to launch the AMD AppZone.
The AMD AppZone and AMD AppZone Player allow for PC users to have access to over 500,000 apps. In addition to the multitude of apps, AMD has optimized many of them for AMD GPU and APU technology, thus creating an enhanced experience on AMD powered PCs.
With Windows 8 touch-screen devices around the corner, this collaboration makes a lot of sense and benefits both the PC industry as well as mobile.
For those of you who are familiar with BlueStacks, you’ll find the same great features such as the ability to sync the games and apps you already own via the Cloud Connect app. It also comes with many of the same drawbacks and issues, such as lack of support for tablet optimized applications.
You can learn more about this amazing service as well as BlueStacks and the AMD AppZone by checking out the video as well as the official press release below.
BlueStacks Powers AMD AppZone Player to bring 500000 apps to >100 million Windows Based PCs
BlueStacks Enables New Mobile-like Revenue Models for AMD’s PC OEM Customers
Campbell, California, September 27, 2012.
BlueStacks today announced a collaboration with AMD (NYSE: AMD) to launch AMD AppZone, the largest collection of Android apps for PCs. Powered by BlueStacks, the AMD AppZone Player brings hundreds of thousands of Android apps to the next generation of Windows 8 based slates, laptops, tablets and AiO desktop PCs. AppZone is also available for AMD’s massive global installed base of Windows 7 based PCs. The collaboration with BlueStacks with optimizations for AMD GPU and APU technology enables a superior experience on AMD powered PCs relative to other app stores like AppUp. .
Starting today, consumers can directly access the AMD AppZone through their online website at www.amd.com/appzone and browse through the featured apps that are free to download. AMD and BlueStacks are also working with leading PC manufacturers to preload AppZone and popular Android apps on new PCs. The apps are available in multiple languages including English, German, Korean, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, across all categories like games, social, news, shopping, music, business and education.
“AMD and BlueStacks are making the emerging Android market part of the broader PC ecosystem with the introduction of AppZone,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions at AMD. “With the new Windows 8 operating system just around the corner, we’re excited to enable exciting new solutions for our PC customers and end users to experience.”
“App stores and apps represent a multi-billion dollar opportunity. BlueStacks powered business models are ready to disrupt the PC industry by leveraging the unprecedented growth in the mobile eco-system”, said Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks. “By partnering with AMD, we are able to bring 500,000 apps to Windows 8 and the broader installed base of PCs. That’s significantly more apps than any existing PC app store including Intel AppUp or the Windows 8 App Store.”
Renowned PC analyst Tim Bajarin added, “This is the right move and a winning proposition for BlueStacks, AMD and for the entire PC ecosystem. Everyone is eagerly anticipating Windows 8, but consumers want a broad selection of familiar apps now. AMD and BlueStacks have addressed that in a big way.”
– Download free Android apps from AMD AppZone (www.amd.com/appzone)
– Learn more about AppZone for PC OEMs
– Follow BlueStacks on Twitter at @bluestacksinc
– Follow AMD updates on Twitter at @AMDSoftware
– Learn more about AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs)
– About BlueStacks
BlueStacks is a software company that enables Android apps to run on Notebooks, Desktops, All-in-One PCs, Slates and Tablets. BlueStacks was founded in 2009 by Rosen Sharma, is privately held and headquartered in Silicon Valley with global offices in India, Taiwan and Japan. For more information visit https://www.bluestacks.com/, or join their over 1,000,000 Facebook fans at www.facebook.com/bluestacksinc
AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit https://www.amd.com.