AMD AppZone and Player brings Android apps to Windows PCs

28 Sep 2012

AMD has just launched the AMD AppZone and, in collaboration with BlueStacks, the AppZone Player, which lets users play Android apps on any AMD-based PC.

The AppZone will be a platform for AMD to showcase applications and games optimised for AMD technologies. Coupled with the AppZone Player, powered by BlueStacks’ LayerCake technology, users will also be able to run native Android apps on Windows-based PCs.

BlueStacks, an AMD Ventures-backed software company, has optimised the AppZone Player for AMD Radeon graphics and AMD’s OpenGL drivers found in their APUs and GPUs to adapt mobile apps for a larger screen experience. The player can be downloaded via the AppZone and used to browse, search for and discover new apps. Once installed, these apps can be launched from the start menu or where they are stored in a users’ Apps library.

AMD AppZone Player - Apps Library

Offering 500,000 apps, the AMD AppZone has more apps for Windows users than existing PC app stores, such as Intel’s AppUp or the Windows 8 App Store. Users will also be able to sync their apps to an Android device using BlueStacks’ Cloud Connect service.

AMD and BlueStacks are also working with leading PC manufacturers to preload AppZone and popular Android apps on new PCs.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.