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AMD, BlueStacks join forces to bring Android to PCs

Posted: 09 Jan 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AMD? BlueStacks? Android? Windows? PC?

AMD has collaborated with BlueStacks to develop software for the Android OS on Windows-based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops. According to the companies, optimizations for the fourth generation AMD APU in BlueStacks offer a complete Android UI that runs within Windows, rather than a dual OS approach. Embedded designers are looking to use the eco-system of apps with mainstream x86-based hardware.

"Windows and Android are both mature operating systems, each satisfying the needs of millions of users," said Steve Belt, corporate VP, product management, at AMD. "Users whose devices and preferences span the two ecosystems no longer have to face device-specific restrictions on the benefits of one ecosystem or the other because AMD and BlueStacks have created a seamless user experience between the operating systems. Now users have access to all the apps, games, communications and content consumption they love on their Android mobile devices right at their fingertips, while getting important productivity tasks or high-end PC gaming accomplished on their Windows PC."

The latest version of BlueStacks running on a Windows PC powered by fourth generation AMD APUs offers the familiar Android user interface, including settings, configuration and customization controls as well as the ability to run Android apps within a window or at full-screen resolution leveraging direct access to AMD graphics processing power. This brings support for hundreds of thousands of Android apps direct from various Android app stores, as well as synchronization between the same apps being run on the user's stand-alone Android devices and seamless interoperability through direct file sharing that enables Android apps to access files stored within the Windows file system.

Unlike dual OS systems, which require the user to disengage from one OS before using another, the AMD and BlueStacks solution runs Android virtually within Windows. AMD APUs are designed to deliver far greater processing power than the smart phones for which Android apps are generally developed, and should provide more than enough performance to support the typical Android app's requirements, providing a very satisfying user experience.

The latest version of BlueStacks allows consumers to sync Android apps from a mobile device to a PC with FoneLink, a cloud-based service that enables an AMD Windows-based PCs to become an extension of Android mobile devices and vice versa. BlueStacks also adds support for AMD virtualization hardware so that multiple operating systems and their applications can run simultaneously on the same computer.

- Nick Flaherty
??EE Times Europe

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