A new service from California-based chip designer AMD will enable customers to download and use popular Android mobile apps on PCs running Windows 7 and the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system. It’s available on AMD-based computers and uses the AMD AppZone Player, a program powered by technology from BlueStacks. BlueStacks, which is backed by AMD’s investment arm, already offers its own stand-alone Android ‘player’ for other PCs and Macs.
As well as enabling Android apps for PCs, the AMD AppZone Player is an application store for Windows-based software. It’s available to download now and is also likely to be preloaded on forthcoming AMD-powered devices.
Manju Hegde, corporate vice president for Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions at AMD, said “BlueStacks’ cross-platform innovation bridges the Android and x86 application ecosystems, providing new opportunities for developers and better 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.”