AMD designs its own Android app store for... Windows

AMD designs its own Android app store for... Windows
Apparently, AMD has that knack for fusing things. The latest stuff that the CPU manufacturer is going to fuse together seems to be Android... and Windows. How come? Well, the company has just launched its own Android app store for Windows PCs!

Obviously, AMD isn't mass-porting Android apps to Windows, but has rather partnered with BlueStacks. For those not familiar with the BlueStacks software, it's a Windows program which simulates an Android environment, allowing the user to execute various Android apps. However, BlueStacks is optimized to work with only a few dozen apps right now. Users can still download any app they like and try their luck, but OK results aren't guaranteed.

Thankfully, AMD isn't simply offering a rebranded version of the BlueStacks player. (By the way, the app is called AMD AppZone). AMD says that the program has been customized to work better with its Radeon GPUs and APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). This should produce better performance and visuals for the apps supported by BlueStacks.

The new AppZone store lets you discover and buy apps straight from the program itself, as it's also integrated with Google Play, Amazon's Appstore, 1Mobile Market and GetJar.

AMD has disclosed plans to pre-load AppZone on AMD-powered computers, but it's not yet clear when this might start happening. At the end of the day, we don't really think this is where the CPU maker should focus its efforts, but still, bringing the different ecosystems closer together can only be a good thing.

For those who would love to check the new app store out, here's the official download link.

source: AMD via Reghardware


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