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Got an AMD chip in your Windows PC? Then you just gained access to more than half a million Google Android apps thanks to an AMD partnership with Bluestacks. A virtualization app and website filled with Android titles can help bridge your mobile and desktop world.

Bluestacks brings Android to Windows

Today is a day of celebration for Android app addicts who own an AMD-powered computer: The chip-maker has partnered with BlueStacks to bring 500,000 Android mobile apps to the PC. A new AMD App Zone website contains both the BlueStacks virtualization software and an app store with featured free apps available for download. Both companies are also working with hardware makers to pre-install BlueStacks.

“PC shipments are set to decline 4% next year,” said BlueStacks CEO, Rosen Sharma in a statement to GigaOm. “The entire sector needs an electric jolt and AMD has just given it to them. There’s nothing better than adding half a million apps – many of them household names, to a Win8 experience that’s begging for them. This is a boon for OEMs not only in terms of user experience but also for margins.”

Sharma may be on to something as Microsoft Windows 8 is due out next month. The operating system will surely support numerous legacy applications, but the BlueStacks software can help add half a million additional apps; some of which new PC buyers may already be familiar with on their Android phone or tablet. And the BlueStacks player software is optimized for AMD’s Radeon graphics and Open GL drivers, so app performance should be good. Add improved touch support for Windows 8 and I see potential.

I first looked at BlueStacks last year because I noted a concerted push to merge mobile and desktop computing to some degree. That shift continues today as we move more traditional computing tasks into small apps on smartphones and tablets. There’s still a time and place for “old school” computing apps — and will be for years to come — but for the upcoming generation weaned on mobile apps, a solution such as BlueStacks surely has appeal.

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  1. What percentage of those 500,000 Android apps are already available on the PC? They mention Photoshop in the press release. Why would I want to run the Android version of a PC app like Photoshop on my PC? Obviously there are many interesting apps and utilities on Android, but let’s face it many of them are just trying to replicate what’s already on PCs.

    1. Cost?

      PC software typically runs from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

      Android apps are usually under $10 (and in most cases, free).

      How about compatibility? What if the developer decided not to build a desktop app?

      There’s lots of innovation happening in Android software development, whereas desktop software is virtually stagnant.

      1. It’s stagnant because of the overall quality of desktop software. Many packages have been developed over the last 2 or 3 decades, have come an incredibly long way and their functionality shouldn’t be compared with android apps which don’t offer anywhere near the power and versatility as their pc counterparts.

        I’d agree that there is plenty of innovation in the Android market, however no serious professional would use the dumbed down android version of their principal software simply because it is cheap – it’s cheap for a reason. There would be a few niche apps that make reasonable substitutes on a home computer, but a huge majority of those apps would be useless to a serious computer user.

    2. maybe because the Android version only costs $10, and many people already own it.

      1. The android version of photoshop is nothing but a few novel filters and effects. It isn’t even close to the level of professional photo manipulation you get with a proper image editor.

  2. This is good for companies that help people find mobile apps like Mimvi.

  3. Kudos to AMD, but I got to wonder how much value this brings to the table in the long run. Perhaps a few core mobile apps will scale well and be effective across divergent devices, but I cant imagine its going to be many.

  4. I want the ability to bring the android apps I’ve already bought or downloaded over to my desktop pc for no extra cost. Having to re-purchase and even re-download is not acceptable to me. I’m hoping we get to some point where it’s all in the cloud and our TVs, tablets, phones, computers are really just different sized monitors for viewing that cloud content. Until then, I won’t spend a dime try to patch together something to create that environment.

    1. So what you’re saying is… You want your dream, but you won’t do anything to get it? Ladies and gentlemen, we have an American.

    2. It is possible using the Bluestacks Cloud Connect on the phone. Then you can sync your apps to the PC from the phone.

  5. Too bad AMD Processors are shitty compared to Intel hardware. AMD chips are for poor people.

    1. Your reply that AMD is for poor people is ironic, especially considering your Cyrixinstead handle. Whatever happened to them again? Oh yeah they stopped competing, were bought out by VIA, and had everyone fired and replaced by the Centaur/winchip team. Please think a bit before you post ignorant comments.

      1. In spite of his ignorance, he is still correct.

      2. There’s nothing wrong with being poor though.

    2. And here we have an intel fanboy :O

    3. Perhaps that is why NASA Used AMD CPUs instead of Intel for all of the x86 equipment aboard their spacecraft etc…

      Also AMD CPUs if matched with decent mainboard, video chipset and so forth outperform Intel CPUs in all but Toy/Gaming Systems running Windoze.

      Enjoy your dreams about Intel’s perceived superiority, don’t believe all that you read in magazines…

      1. I agree! Only losers use Intel. They’re only used for retarded things.

        High compute hype is garbage. The same goes with multimedia rendering, compile farms, and web servers. All of those things primarily use Intel CPUs, which goes to show that Intel can only be used for obscure, niche needs. Power efficiency is overrated, so it doesn’t matter that AMD uses a doz— no, a few more watts of power to match Intel’s gamer-oriented chips.

        All those industry experts tell us that AMD gave up the desktop market to Intel. That’s bullshit. AMD just jumped ship before things get worse. The desktop market is only valued at several billion dollars while Apple is worth over 600 billion. Although all those investors estimate AMD to be worth 2.5 billion, AMD can afford to give that up because they have geniuses that surpass Steve Jobs.

        It’s all about mobile! That’s how AMD will recover. There’s hundreds of billions just waiting to be snatched up. I know, you might be thinking about Intel’s recent move with their Medfield phones. Supposedly the media and enthusiasts say that it performs nearly on equal terms with middle and top end phones without giving up battery life. I think they’re leaving out a few details since there’s no way an Intel CPU can ever be power efficient. In any case, we can expect AMD to come up with a much better plan to shock the entire industry.

        … /sarcasm

    4. There is low-end Intel also.

  6. editorisaredditor Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Virtual not vitrual.

    1. Appreciate the catch; fixed the inadvertent typo.

  7. nice typo right in the subheading… run an f-ing spell check already.

    1. I’ll bet you’re a hit at parties.

    2. >Run an f-cking spell check already.

      Oh, the irony.

  8. Nate Gailey-Schiltz Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Do people expect that the mobile experience will really translate that well to the PC experience? I, for one, cringe in horror at the thought of a new kind of “desktop” cluttered with apps. I love my smartphone for the things that it can do that my PC can’t, and for doing things that I don’t need or want my PC to do.

  9. Wow, android has always taken care of its people this just proves why android has sold more than windows or Mac.

    1. Android isn’t a desktop OS…

  10. Considering windows 8 is built to be ran on touch enabled tablets… I think these guys are onto something huge.

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