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January 7, 2014

AMD teams up with BlueStacks to bring Android to Windows PCs

BlueStacks android solution, optimised for fourth generation AMD APUs, offers users a complete android experience on windows-based devices.

By CBR Staff Writer

AMD has collaborated with BlueStacks in a bid to offer complete Google Android OS to Microsoft Windows based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops.

The new BlueStacks running on a Windows PC, powered by fourth generation AMD APUs, would allow consumers to launch individual Android apps from the Windows 8 Start Screen, similar to the normal Windows programmes, and search for new apps via the software major’s own Windows 8 search together with any other installed app stores.

AMD Product Management corporate vice president Steve Belt said that Windows and Android are both mature operating systems, each satisfying the needs of millions of users.

"Users whose devices and preferences span the two ecosystems no longer have to face device-specific restrictions on the benefits of one ecosystem or the other because AMD and BlueStacks have created a seamless user experience between the operating systems," Belt said.

"Now users have access to all the apps — games, communications and content consumption — they love on their Android mobile devices right at their fingertips, while getting important productivity tasks or high-end PC gaming accomplished on their Windows PC."

The integration would also offer interoperability via direct file sharing that allows Android apps to access files stored within the Windows file system, as well as support Android apps directly from several Android app stores and sync between the same apps being run on the user’s stand-alone devices.

BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma said that the collaboration with AMD is aimed at building the next great PC, and AMD’s hardware allows for a more flexible experience with Android apps on the PC for end-users.

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"AMD shares our vision of Mobile Plus in providing users with easy access to their favorite Android games, mobile apps and productivity tools from all their devices and moving towards a more open/shared ecosystem," Sharma said.

The latest BlueStacks version enables syncing Android apps from a mobile device to a PC via a cloud-based service called FoneLink.

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