Days are nor far when we will enjoy full Android OS experience on a Windows PC. In a recent move AMD announced its collaboration with BlueStacks in a bid to offer complete Google Android OS experience on Microsoft Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops.
This move by AMD shouldn’t be a surprise as their association with BlueStacks goes back to October-2011 when AMD invested an undisclosed amount in BlueStacks through its AMD Fusion fund program.
The fourth generation AMD APUs coupled with BlueStacks running on a Windows PC has a lot to offer:
1. A familiar Android user interface, including settings, configuration and customization controls;
2. The ability to run Android apps within a window or at full-screen resolution leveraging direct access to AMD graphics processing power;
3. 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
4. Seamless interoperability through direct file sharing that enables Android apps to access files stored within the Windows file system.
Per Steve Belt, corporate vice president, Product Management, at AMD:
Windows and Android are both mature operating systems, each satisfying the needs of millions of users. 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.
Also BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma said that the collaboration with AMD is to build the next great PC, and AMD's hardware will allow for a more flexible experience with Android apps on the PC for end-users.
The AMD-BlueStacks approach is fundamentally different from the traditional dual-booting wherein the user has to disconnect from one OS before using another. In the new approach, BlueStacks solution runs Android virtually within Windows, yet it will have a fully functional window on the windows desktop. Given the processing power of AMD APUs, the end-users will have a satisfying experience running Android apps- which require less processing power compared to a windows based application. Furthermore, Android apps will have direct access to files stored within the windows file system
Given the popularity of both Android and Windows, I’m sure that AMD-BlueStacks collaboration will make our life more easier and productive. Do share your thoughts (though comments) on this collaboration.
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