Amazon launches AppStream to speed up mobile app performance

AWS: Reinvent

Heads up, game and app developers — Amazon just made AppStream, its promised service that quickly streams HD content running on AWS GPU instances down to popular devices, broadly available.

Announced at AWS Re:Invent in November, AppStream deploys and renders the application on Amazon Web Services infrastructure and streams the output to PCs, tablets and mobile phones.

For the past year or so, Amazon has been quietly and not-so-quietly hiring talent and adding capabilities to appeal to mobile and game developers. It’s not alone, as the mobile-first development movement continues. Last year, Facebook bought Parse, a mobile backend for development, and Google is also building out mobile dev capabilites. is also on a mobile-first tear. 

So now that AppStream is out, you have to guess that Amazon’s WorkSpaces, the other big reveal, out of AWS Re:Invent should follow soon. VMware made a lot of noise last week when its Horizon desktop-as-a-service hit the virtual shelves before WorkSpaces. The question is whether WorkSpaces will debut broadly before or during the AWS Summit in San Francisco in two weeks.

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