The Android platform is fun, but it’s nowhere near as full-featured and complex as Windows. At the same time, Android tablets are more convenient for on-the-go tasks. Wouldn’t it be great to bring Android’s mobile software to the Windows platform? Well, that’s exactly what Blustacks wants to do.
Bluestacks app player for Windows is currently in the buggy alpha stage, but its potential is amazing. I’ve used this software in its current state and, to tell you the truth, it’s not very impressive. It lags from time to time and the UI is not completely refined. Again, this project is in alpha; it should be much better when finished. (It definitely runs better in the demo video posted below). You can download it yourself, if you want to test it out.
Luckily, Bluestacks is finally getting the opportunity to take it to the next level. AMD is joining forces with Bluestacks to bring Android apps to x86-based Tablets and PCs. These companies will be working together in order to optimize an app player that will work on AMD products (powered by AMD APUs with AMD VISION technology).
AMD’s investment in BlueStacks will help us to create an environment where your favorite apps can be accessed regardless of platform technology, providing greater entertainment and productivity value. Working with AMD enables us to do this faster by expanding our network of OEMs and retailers to reach a broad audience of consumers and businesses that want to get more out of Android.Rosen SharmaPresident and Chief Executive Officer of BlueStacks
This could not come at a better time. With Windows 8 tablets (supported by AMD) right around the corner, Bluestacks should be getting enough exposure to really blossom.
Windows 8 tablets look amazing. But when it comes to apps/programs, Android is simply built to be much more touch-intuitive and mobile. I’ve used tablets like the HP Slate 500 and am not completely satisfied with the experience. Tablet PCs are meant to be mobile, but the software is not built with that in mind.
Unless you have a keyboard and mouse with you, full Windows applications are very hard to use. It’s sometimes downright annoying. Running Android apps on a Windows tablet (or PC) would simply be ideal.
We’ve found a promotional video and a Bluestacks demonstration at Citrix Synergy 2011, so you can see what this is all about. Also, don’t forget to check out the press release for more details. It sure looks like a promising project, if carried out right. Would you guys take advantage of this? What type of apps would you run on your Windows tablet or PC?Show Press Release
− AMD invests in BlueStacks to enable virtualized Android apps on AMD APU-powered PCs, tablets −
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Oct. 20, 2011 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced an investment in BlueStacks, a venture-backed firm developing innovative software. BlueStacks has introduced a solution to enable Android applications to run fast and full-screen on Windows®-based devices.
AMD and BlueStacks are collaborating to optimize the BlueStacks App Player for Windows software for use with tablet and notebook PCs powered by AMD APUs with AMD VISION technology. With this combination of BlueStacks software and AMD technology, consumers will be able to access their favorite Android apps on virtually any AMD-powered Windows-based device, including more than 200,000 apps currently available in the Android Market.
“Bluestacks is a visionary software company that is, seamlessly, making the emerging Android mobile apps market part of the broader computing ecosystem and enhancing such experiences on our award-winning APU platforms,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program. “AMD is committed to support such game changing innovators through investment and other activity as we work together to usher in new experiences that allow consumers to enjoy the full capabilities of the brilliant graphics and computing performance enabled by AMD.”
“AMD’s investment in BlueStacks will help us to create an environment where your favorite apps can be accessed regardless of platform technology, providing greater entertainment and productivity value,” said Rosen Sharma, president and chief executive officer of BlueStacks. “Working with AMD enables us to do this faster by expanding our network of OEMs and retailers to reach a broad audience of consumers and businesses that want to get more out of Android.”
The AMD Fusion Fund program makes strategic investments in companies that are developing unique, digital consumer and professional experiences that harness the horsepower of AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) products. AMD Fusion APUs deliver powerful computing capabilities plus discrete-class graphics with dedicated HD video processing on a single chip. AMD Fusion APUs are powered by AMD VISION Engine Software, with regular driver updates designed to improve system performance and stability.
BlueStacks was founded by Rosen Sharma, a successful entrepreneur who has founded several companies that have since been acquired by industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Citrix and McAfee. BlueStacks’ software solution was publicly showcased in AMD’s Fusion Zone at the 2011 COMPUTEX Taipei conference.
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Download BlueStacks app player for Windows (alpha) here
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Learn more about AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs)
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