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September 28, 2012

AMD Launches Android AppZone Player

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched the AMD AppZone Player, which provides thousands of Android (News - Alert) apps to run on laptops, desktops and tablets.

The AppZone Player got some high marks from several sector watchers. For instance, analyst Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, told TG Daily that AppZone is a “winning proposition for BlueStacks, AMD (News - Alert) and for the entire PC ecosystem.”

"Everyone is eagerly anticipating Windows 8, but consumers want a broad selection of familiar apps now,” he added. “AMD and BlueStacks have addressed that in a big way.” ??

In addition, users can sync AppZone apps with Android-based devices through BlueStacks Cloud Connect.

“BlueStacks’ cross-platform innovation bridges the Android and x86 application ecosystems, providing new opportunities for developers and better experiences for users,” Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions at AMD, said in a company statement carried by TMCnet. “By collaborating with BlueStacks, we are enabling software developers to more easily tap into the full capabilities of AMD’s products, and providing millions of consumers with great experiences as they can now run Android apps on AMD-powered devices.”

BlueStacks lets Android apps run on notebooks, desktops, PCs, slates and tablets.

“Consumers can now enjoy their favorite mobile apps on the larger, more immersive screen of their PC,” Rosen Sharma, CEO at BlueStacks, added in the company statement. “With BlueStacks technology, app developers can rest assured their Android apps will run directly on Windows without any code change. We’ve made it easy for all.”

In addition, Wired reported that the “AppZone Player is especially useful considering the nascent state of app development for Windows 8.”

“Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (News - Alert) is currently pitching the new system to developers, but the platform has only around 2,000 apps just one month before launch,” the piece said. “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.” 

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Edited by Braden Becker

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