AMD Announces AppZone, Online Application and Game Store

Android apps enabled on AMD-powered tablets, notebooks and desktop / AiO PCs

For those who thought that the AMD Trinity A-Series APU reviews were important, we have something that may trump even that: the AMD AppZone online application and game showcase.

To put it simply, this is an app store. A full-fledged, honest-to-goodness app store that Advanced Micro Devices has started through a collaboration with BlueStacks.

Found here, the website allows visitors to download and run popular Android apps on AMD-based personal computers and tablets.

Productivity apps and other small programs can be found in the thousands, and a number of games are there for the taking as well.

And here is where we should make sure it is all clear for everyone: AMD AppZone isn't of use to just owners of devices running Android. Thanks to the AMD AppZone Player, the software can run on Windows without need for any code change.

"As the engine behind the AMD AppZone Player, we are providing a potent combination of award-winning software optimized for AMD's industry-leading hardware. Consumers can now enjoy their favorite mobile apps on the larger, more immersive screen of their PC," said Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks.

"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."

Sleeping Dogs, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and CyberLink PowerDirector 11 are only three of the apps that can be used on Windows in such a manner.

Downloads can be done through the website, located here, or through the VISION Engine Control Center. The AMD AppZone Player has a downloads section as well, and BlueStacks and AMD are working with OEMs to pre-load the player on their upcoming devices.

All those new Trinity-powered tablets, notebooks and desktops may ship with the program already installed.

"BlueStacks' cross-platform innovation bridges the Android and x86 application ecosystems, providing new opportunities for developers and better experiences for users," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD.

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