AMD funds effort to bring Android apps to Windows


— 6:00 AM on October 26, 2011

Looks like AMD would like us PC users to enjoy some Android goodness. At least, the company's latest investment strongly suggests so. AMD says it has poured an undisclosed sum into BlueStacks, a "venture-back firm" whose software allows Android apps to run "fast and full-screen" on Windows 7.

Now, the chipmaker isn't just backing BlueStacks financially:

AMD and BlueStacks are collaborating to optimize the BlueStacks App Player for Windows software for use with tablet and notebook PCs powered by AMD APUs with AMD VISION technology. With this combination of BlueStacks software and AMD technology, consumers will be able to access their favorite Android apps on virtually any AMD-powered Windows-based device, including more than 200,000 apps currently available in the Android Market.

Intel, too, has expressed interest in bringing Android to x86 PCs, although it's gone about doing so rather differently. Last month, Intel announced a partnership with Google that will see the two companies work together to bring Android to Atom-powered systems.

   
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