BlueStacks and AMD launch AppZone, a 500,000-strong Android app portal for Windows PCs

Daniel Bader

September 27, 2012 12:46pm

We’ve spoken about BlueStacks before, and its relentless pursuit to bring Android apps to the x86 world. To that end, it launched BlueStacks Alpha Player, and then a Beta version, for Windows PCs, with support for hundreds of thousands of Android apps. Then, during Google I/O in June, BlueStacks staged a fake marriage between Apple and Android, with a Tim Cook impersonator no less, to launch its OS X version.

Now, the company has teamed up with AMD, the other desktop chip maker, to bring over 500,000 apps to approximately 100 million desktop PCs powered by the company. Dubbed the AMD AppZone, the Android emulation has been optimized for Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops, laptops and slates, and should provide a decent app experience in the face of limited native Windows 8 app choice. This is AMD’s first foray into the Android world, and though it’s not a collaboration directly with Google, it’s significant for a number of reasons. As Intel launches its updated Medfield-based Atom chips for mobile devices such as the Motorola RAZR i, it’s notable that AMD is staying far away from that fray.

BlueStack’s goal is to “disrupt the PC industry by leveraging the unprecedented growth in the mobile eco-system,” according to CEO Rosen Sharma.

Download BlueStacks for AMD PCs at the AMD AppZone

  • Nathaniel

    This will be great to try out! Looking forward to using this; I wonder how practical some of the apps will be though on a desktop environment?

  • Matt

    Tried out the pulse reader and there’s a few issues. The settings dialogs are all cut off and you can’t get to the bottom to click “Okay”, meaning you can’t set up sync.

    Might only be specific to the pulse app.

  • Brandon Atkinson

    checking this out…

  • Matthew

    One thing to point out. This program acts like badware. It advertises garbage to you in the notification area. Also noticed they are running code from the GT-i9100 (Galaxy S2). This program is fishy. I don’t like it one bit.