BlueStacks has announced a new partnership with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) that will allow users of the tablets and PCs running on AMD to enjoy Android applications. The apps are available through the AMD AppZone store that will enable Windows users to enjoy 500,000 Android apps. This is a substantial addition to the 2,000 apps available on the Windows 8 app store.
The AMD AppZone, according to BlueStacks and AMD, is currently the largest library of Android apps that are compatible with Windows devices. It also offers applications optimized for AMD Radeon graphics processing units and AMD accelerated processing units. This collection includes a wide range of games such as Fruit Ninja Free, Tower Defense, Farm Invasion, Defender II, Drag Racing Bike Edition, Traffic Control, Casino Crime, Happy Vikings, Impossible Quest, Kids Numbers and Math Lite, and Mini Game Paradise. There are also entertainment apps like Skitch, WikiMobile 2, Nook eReader, Feedly, Blio eBooks, Sky.FM, Living Social, Applorer Gamebox, Cyberlink PowerDVD, VUDU On-Demand Service, and Adobe Flash Player. In the Photo and Video category, users may download Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Windows Live Essentials, Cyberlink Media Show, Video Studio Pro, Vegas Movie Studio HD, Muvizu Movies in Minutes, GIMP, and Paint Shop Pro. Lastly, the Productivity and Tools section offers Evernote, AVG PC Tuneup, Norton Internet Security, Microsoft PowerPoint, AMD System Monitor, EnGadget, and NeoCal Lite Calculator.
The AMD AppZone collection is a mix of free and paid applications. The free apps, which are around 50 in number, are instantly downloaded onto one’s device. Meanwhile, the paid apps redirect the users to the developer’s website for purchasing. The app store interface and the apps themselves are currently able to receive input from keyboard and mouse units. BlueStacks, however, anticipating the launch of Windows 8, is working on a touchscreen interface, as well.
It may be recalled that BlueStacks launched its original x86 app player last year. Back then, it was designed for Intel-powered devices alone.
BlueStacks has faith in the app store concept, with its CEO Rosen Sharma calling it a “multi-billion dollar opportunity.” According to Sharma, “BlueStacks-powered business models are ready to disrupt the PC industry by leveraging the unprecedented growth in the mobile ecosystem.”