BlueStacks deals in Android with AMD

BlueStacks adds another hardware partner, as it inks an agreement to get its Android app player on AMD computers.

BlueStacks's technology for running Android apps on Windows fuels a new way for people with AMD-powered computers to get Android apps on their Windows PCs, the two companies announced today.

AMD's new AppZone Player brings more than 500,000 Android apps to AMD-powered computers, and works on Windows 7 and Windows 8 now.

"This will unify the Win 8 and mobile ecosystems," wrote BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma in an e-mail to CNET explaining team-up. "Just by virtue of the size of the deal, it's started a giant ball rolling that will be difficult to stop. The question becomes: can others catch up? For example, AppStores like Intel's AppUp will need to begin moving very quickly."

BlueStacks and AMD are also discussing pre-installing certain popular apps on the computer that ship with AppZone, although they wouldn't confirm which apps those are. Apps are available in multiple languages including English, German, Korean, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

PC analyst Tim Bajarin said in a prepared statement that, "[e]veryone is eagerly anticipating Windows 8, but consumers want a broad selection of familiar apps now. AMD and BlueStacks have addressed that in a big way."

AMD is not BlueStacks' first OEM partner. Earlier in the year, they announced a similar deal with Asus. BlueStacks also has an OS X-compatible version in the works.

Correction: This story originally misstated BlueStacks first OEM partner as Acer. This has been corrected to Asus.

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