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October 1, 2012

AMD unveils AppZone which will allow users to run Android apps on Windows

AMD AppZone Player, which is powered by BlueStacks' technology, brings Android apps to the AMD-powered tablets, notebooks, all-in-one and desktop PCs worldwide

By CBR Staff Writer

Semiconductor firm AMD has launched its AppZone, an online destination for applications and games which are supported by AMD Radeon graphics processing units (GPUs) and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs).

The company has collaborated with BlueStacks to enable the AMD AppZone Player to help consumers download and run popular Android apps on AMD-based PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

The comapny said the users can automatically sync their AppZone apps with Android-based devices through BlueStacks Cloud Connect to allow Windows-based PC to act as an extension of an Android mobile device.

Code from Bluestacks will act as a cover around the mobile phone programme allowing them to run on desktops, laptops and tablets.

BlueStacks is an AMD Ventures-backed software company that enables Android apps to run on notebooks, desktops, all-in-one PCs, slates and tablets.

AMD Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions corporate vice president Manju Hegde said BlueStacks’ cross-platform bridges the Android and x86 application ecosystems, providing new opportunities for developers and enhanced experiences for users.

"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," Hegde said.

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AMD AppZone Player, which is powered by BlueStacks’ technology, brings Android apps to the AMD-powered tablets, notebooks, all-in-one and desktop PCs worldwide.

In addition, consumers can sync their AppZone apps with Android-based devices via BlueStacks Cloud Connect, a cloud-based service that enables a Windows-based PC to become an extension of an Android mobile device and vice versa.

BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma said consumers can now enjoy their favorite mobile apps on the immersive screen of their PC.

"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," Sharma said.

The AMD AppZone Player and featured apps like Sleeping Dogs, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CyberLink PowerDirector 11 are available via the VISION Engine Control Center.

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