Advanced Micro Devices has launched AMD AppZone, an online showcase for applications and games accelerated by AMD Radeon graphics processing units (GPUs) and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs) as well as popular Google Android apps on AMD-based PCs running Windows thanks to a collaboration with BlueStacks to enable the AMD AppZone Player.
With the help of AMD AppZone store/showcase, end-users with AMD-based systems can easily find applications that are either optimized for AMD microprocessors or can be accelerated using GPGPU technologies on Radeon stream processors. Although such programs are usually marked appropriately and can be distinguished from the rest, up to today it was not easy for the consumers to find them and use apps that work better on their hardware. With more users utilizing GPGPU-accelerated programs, AMD will be able to better compete against its arch-rival Intel Corp.
Starting today, the AMD AppZone Player and featured apps like Adobe Photoshop CS6, CyberLink PowerDirector 11 and Sleeping Dogs are available for download or via the Vision Engine Control Center, which will be updated regularly to bring new titles like the highly anticipated Medal of Honor Warfighter. Users can download featured apps directly from within the AMD AppZone Player or search for apps across the built-in app store. In addition, AMD and BlueStacks are currently working with leading OEMs to preload the AppZone Player on upcoming AMD-powered devices.
AMD/BlueStacks AppZone Player also brings thousands of Android apps to the millions of AMD-powered PCs worldwide. In addition, consumers can automatically sync their AppZone apps with Android-based devices via BlueStacks Cloud Connect, a cloud-based service that enables a Windows-based PC to become an extension of an Android mobile device and vice versa.
“BlueStacks’ cross-platform innovation bridges the Android and x86 application ecosystems, providing new opportunities for developers and better experiences for users. By collaborating with BlueStacks, we are enabling software developers to more easily tap into the full capabilities of AMD’s products, and providing millions of consumers with great experiences as they can now run Android apps on AMD-powered devices,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president of heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD.
BlueStacks is an AMD Ventures-backed software company that enables Android apps to run on x86-based notebooks, desktops, all-in-one PCs, slates and tablets.