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BlueStacks/AMD Deal Will Allow 450,000 Android Apps To Run On Windows

Eric McBride
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Windows 8 has been a big topic in the tech community lately, and after getting a brief hands on with some of Samsung’s Windows 8 tablets, I can certainly see a big potential for something pretty cool. One of the biggest roadblocks for Microsoft is that their App Store isn’t nearly as big as Android’s, Apple’s, or Amazons, which kind of forces consumers to view Win 8 tablets more as laptops vs tablets. But that could all change very soon, as BlueStacks and AMD have announced a deal that would make almost half a million Android apps compatible with AMD powered Windows 8 devices.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with BlueStacks, it’s essentially an “app player” that puts a wrapper around Android apps to eliminate compatibility issues. The software seems to work extremely well, as BlueStacks recently won the Best Software Award at CES.

This is actually great news for potential Windows 8 buyers, good/bad news for Android, and good/bad news for Microsoft. That being said, it’s pretty bad news for Intel, as this gives AMD a legitimate competitive advantage over Intel based Windows 8 devices.

BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma wrote that “This helps AMD leapfrog Intel by making Windows 8 more attractive on their tablets and PCs. We've worked closely together to optimize the performance of the apps for AMD's unique 'graphics and computing on one chip' setup. The result is awesome - mobile apps run beautifully on their machines."

The software will also run on Windows 7 PCs that are running AMD hardware. Here’s a video of BlueStacks in action running Android apps on Windows 8 devices (courtesy of The Verge Youtube channel- external link here):

If this software actually works as well as many say it does, this could really make Windows 8 tablets (running AMD hardware) and phones a hell of alot more interesting. If I could literally use all of my Android apps on a Windows 8 tablet, it would certainly make it a lot more tempting for me to actually purchase. It has it’s positives and negatives though.

It’s good for Microsoft in the way that users will be happy to know that they will have a huge list of popular apps at their disposal, but could also direct attention away from Microsoft’s own app store and more towards Android. For Android, it’s good in the way that more people (and an alternate platform) will have access to Android apps, but dangerous in the way that it could possibly make Android fans get a bit too cozy with Windows 8, especially knowing that they can use all their purchased Android apps on Windows.

What do you guys think? Good or bad (or both) for Android? Does this make Windows 8 a bit more appealing to you?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!+

Picture credits: faadooengineers.com and mashable.com (edited by myself)

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  • Ti Mo Oct 1, 2012 Link

    Wow windows 8 gets more and more awesome. If I didn't have my gnex I'd seriously consider buying the lumia 920

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  • Eric McBride Oct 1, 2012 Link

    Really? I'm just not sold on the look of that phone. But this makes the tablet a lot more interesting in my eyes.

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  • Ti Mo Oct 1, 2012 Link

    I think it looks cool. But I love the Windows ui. I mean isn't it kinda like that chameleon thingy? Looks so smooth and everything on the screen is touchable

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  • Eric McBride Oct 1, 2012 Link

    It is actually very similar to Chameleon, but the tiles on Win 8 are cooler in my opinion. It was really damn smooth when I played with the Samsung Win 8 tablet. Like REALLY smooth.

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  • Ti Mo Oct 1, 2012 Link

    Yeah that's what I mean.. We'll see how windows phones develope in the future.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 1, 2012 Link

    Im curious as well. Looks like we won't have to wait long to find out!

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  • Geoffrey S. Oct 1, 2012 Link

    can AMD be run on a windows 7 pc as well? if so, this is extraordinary news for android! it's breaking out everywhere. it also means all my devices suddenly become compatible by the apps they have in common. very nice work around!

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  • Eric McBride Oct 1, 2012 Link

    @Geoffrey - Sure it can! I have always favored AMD over Intel for my PC's anyway. And yeah, it is one hell of a workaround!

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  • Anna F. Oct 1, 2012 Link

    I love the Windows Phone homescreen UI too! It only annoys me that you can't change the color of individual tiles. When is someone going to make a GOOD Windows Phone launcher for Android already??

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    Maldor Oct 1, 2012 Link

    I had heard of bluestacks via facebook and went to their page and found the software to be interesting, So I tried it out on a slow computer and it ran near perfectly despite the slowness of my computer and could help the fact that Microsoft dosen't yet have lots of apps in its market, so this could help attract more developers to the platform and then will those developers release all sorts of app to the market on windows 8-based phones

    Alternatively it could totally rip apart the uniqueness of the windows 8 software and Microsoft could become an android based phone creator

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  • David H. Oct 1, 2012 Link

    Damn! Stupid Intel! I was just thinking yesterday if love to ruin some of my Android
    Widgets on my laptop, now I'll have to kick myself in the butt for always choosing Intel over amd when i was building my laptops.
    Hopefully someone figures out how to wrap these things up so my Intel cpu and gpu can run them, out how to install Android on my laptop.

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  • CJ Brown Oct 2, 2012 Link

    While I'm not keen about Windows 7 Smart Phones, this certainly makes Windows Tablets look more appealing ... I wonder how Android Tablet manufacturers (& Google) feel about BlueStacks?

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  • Eric McBride Oct 2, 2012 Link

    @Anna - I kind of like the tiles too, but I wish they were customizable as well!

    @Richard - I have heard that it also runs well. Will have to try it out myself sometime! But you make a good point about what it could do to Microsoft. It could be a good thing for Microsoft, or a bad thing as well. Lets see!

    @David - LOL! Time for a processor switch! I felt exactly the same as you when I read about BlueStacks as well!

    @CJ - It really does make them alot more interesting. I also wonder how Google and even Microsoft feel about BlueStacks? Guess we'll see soon!

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  • CJ Brown Oct 3, 2012 Link

    Two recent articles published in WIRED MAGAZINE -


    SAVING ANDROID FROM A 2ND RATE FUTURE

    http://www.wired.com/business/2012/09/reviews-column-saving-android/



    IPHONE5 PROBLEMS 'EXPLAINED'

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/09/iphone-5-problems/


    both are worth a look just to have something to think about. Nicked cases, purple lens flares, bad map app, light leak on white model, screen glitching - these are the #1 complaints from iPhone5 users ... unless your phone says “Nexus” on it, you’re not running true Android. And Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, accounts for just 0.5 percent of the smartphone market (interesting opinions worth reading & talking about) ....


    C J

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