AMD-BlueStacks brings Android apps to Windows 7 and 8 PCs

When you purchase a new PC running on an AMD processor, you will also be able to easily play not just PC applications but ones made for the Android OS as well. Today, AMD announced a deal with software company BlueStacks that will result in AMD PC owners gaining access to over 500,000 Android apps.

The press release says that company has now launched the AMD AppZone, which will not only offer PC apps and games but also Android apps via the BlueStacks software. AMD previously announced that it made a financial investment in BlueStacks.

AMD added:

In addition, consumers can automatically sync their AppZone apps with Android-based devices via BlueStacks Cloud Connect, a cloud-based service that enables a Windows-based PC to become an extension of an Android mobile device and vice versa.

Current AMD-based PC owners can go ahead and download the AMD AppZone Player to gain access to those PC and Android apps. AMD will also work with its many OEM partners to pre-load the AMD AppZone Player on future PCs, including Windows 8-based products. BlueStacks has previously announced plans to launch a version of its software that will work on the "Metro" UI in Windows 8.

Source: AMD press release

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thealexweb said,

Because atm the Marketplace is almost app-less, this bring 100,000's of touch friendly apps to Windows 8.

675,000 of them. Even if 99.9% of them are junk, thats still a lot of good ones left over.

Glassed Silver said,

Because of:

-exclusives like some games, or apps that don't exist for PC
-on a Windows tablet this might make sense for you?
-small screen on your computer? -> excellent
-tablet apps should be just fine!
-buy once, use on PC AND your tablet/phone
-a certain android app might have features a desktop version (if existing) hasn't got

Usually, a lot of Android apps work a treat with mouse and keyboard, you'd be surprised

GS:mac

So why buy a Windows PC if all you want to run is android apps? Might as well save your money and get the original rather than shoehorning android onto a PC.

Guess this is all AMD has to offer since they are pretty much out of the CPU business.

efjay said,

So why buy a Windows PC if all you want to run is android apps? Might as well save your money and get the original rather than shoehorning android onto a PC.

Guess this is all AMD has to offer since they are pretty much out of the CPU business.


Well, if ALL you want is running those apps, then MAYBE you should get a tablet, yes.
But... Who said people can't want both?
Also, most people already have a PC, but lack a tablet. (Or upgrade their PCs but can't justify a tablet purchase at the same time)

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Because of:

-exclusives like some games, or apps that don't exist for PC
-on a Windows tablet this might make sense for you?
-small screen on your computer? -> excellent
-tablet apps should be just fine!
-buy once, use on PC AND your tablet/phone
-a certain android app might have features a desktop version (if existing) hasn't got

Usually, a lot of Android apps work a treat with mouse and keyboard, you'd be surprised

GS:mac


Well you seem to be familiar with the app. Is it still fullscreen only? I'd love to use it to run a twitter client (providing I can find a decent one) but it'd only be interesting if it could run in a portrait window.

Leonick said,

Well you seem to be familiar with the app. Is it still fullscreen only? I'd love to use it to run a twitter client (providing I can find a decent one) but it'd only be interesting if it could run in a portrait window.

I guess it can do either...

GS:mac

Leonick said,

Well you seem to be familiar with the app. Is it still fullscreen only? I'd love to use it to run a twitter client (providing I can find a decent one) but it'd only be interesting if it could run in a portrait window.
the windows at least on the full bluestacks player is resizable and allows for touch when enabled on the host as well, however I had to restart 7222 build (i think) everytime i wanted to resize the program.

Asrokhel said,
I wonder if their AppZone will run on Intel processors....................................

And I wonder if it still requires a Facebook account...

If they manage to integrate their platform with the Metro thing, they might just have something good on their hands

I'm assuming they were running those demos on half-decent PCs... And boy, were they lagging like hell! Either AMD's got worse since the last time I used it or bluestacks isn't worth having.

Installed AMD-BlueStacks on my HP DM1Z, not a gaming notebook exactly
I tried Angry Birds Space and it worked very well, with my notebook connected to my 42 inch LCD TV at 1920x1080.
No lagging running full screen, so I am satisfied.

aberg said,
Installed AMD-BlueStacks on my HP DM1Z, not a gaming notebook exactly
I tried Angry Birds Space and it worked very well, with my notebook connected to my 42 inch LCD TV at 1920x1080.
No lagging running full screen, so I am satisfied.

In before the Angry Birds haters...

(42" LCD might trigger them)

GS:mac

This can't possibly exists...

Didn't @notch just tell everyone how 'closed' Windows 8 was, and others claiming that App stores and independent developers are being pushed out by Microsoft?

Oh wait, that was when they were had their tinfoil hat turned up to 11.

first of all, it wont work with metro, you're not allowed to run outside code using 3rd party files from within the app. all code must be in the app to begin with, or you wont get certified.

second of all, this is exactly why microsoft is making the surface. all these OEMs and manufacturers are putting crap on PCs.

nobody wants your android crap. Keep that garbage out of here.

vcfan said,
first of all, it wont work with metro, you're not allowed to run outside code using 3rd party files from within the app. all code must be in the app to begin with, or you wont get certified.

second of all, this is exactly why microsoft is making the surface. all these OEMs and manufacturers are putting crap on PCs.

nobody wants your android crap. Keep that garbage out of here.


Indeed, working on Pro, not RT.

vcfan said,
first of all, it wont work with metro, you're not allowed to run outside code using 3rd party files from within the app. all code must be in the app to begin with, or you wont get certified.

second of all, this is exactly why microsoft is making the surface. all these OEMs and manufacturers are putting crap on PCs.

nobody wants your android crap. Keep that garbage out of here.

In comparison to some of the bloatware out there this is actually useful, and this can act as a stop gap while Metro apps are few and far between.

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