A partnership between BlueStacks and AMD has been announced at Mobile World Congress which will bring a new BlueStacks dual-OS Android solution optimized for AMD APUs. It is said to delivering Google Android OS experience to select Microsoft Windows-based AMD-based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops in select retail stores.
“The ability to span two OS ecosystems gives end-users access to both Windows and Android apps, but the key is providing for the seamless integration of entertainment and productivity across those ecosystems,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president, Product Management, at AMD. “Introducing our solution in retail puts AMD and BlueStacks in a unique position to offer in-store customers the option to include access to this great experience at the time of purchase of their new systems.”
The advantages of BlueStacks running on a Windows PC powered by AMD consist of a familiar Android UI, including settings, configuration and customization controls, along with the ability to run Android apps within a window or at full-screen resolution leveraging direct access to AMD graphics processing power. Other advantages consist of support for hundreds of thousands of Android apps direct from various Android app stores, as well as synchronisation between the same apps being run on the user’s stand-alone Android devices, interoperability through direct file sharing that enables Android apps to access files stored within the Windows file system and Support for sensors like built-in cameras, accelerometer, gyroscope and others.
The key factor which presents the bigget advantage of using the retail solution is that it won’t require the user to disengage from one OS before using another. The retail solution also supports easy synchronisation of the two environments through BlueStack’s FoneLink service, which enables AMD Windows-based PCs to become an extension of Android mobile devices and vice versa.
A retail version is expected to be released in the second half of 2014, having it be available at several key retail ENEA partners.