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Run Android apps on your PC thanks to AMD, BlueStacks link up

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and BlueStacks have teamed up to let consumers run Android apps on their AMD-powered PCs.

The two firms have unveiled the AMD AppZone Player, which will let PC users download Android apps that are currently only available on smartphones and tablets. That includes options like Fruit Ninja, Drag Racing, Battlefield 3, and more.

"Why would you want to run Android apps on your PC? For starters, the Android app ecosystem is huge, boasting more than 500,000 apps," AMD said in a blog post. "And, increasingly consumers have a mix of platforms across their devices, for example an Android phone and a Windows based PC. Maybe you like the Android version of the app better than the alternatives or maybe there isn't an alternative available at all."

AMD said BlueStacks designed the AMD AppZone Player for the company's Radeon graphics and OpenGL drivers so users will get that big-screen experience after downloading the apps.

BlueStacks secured about $7.6 million (£4.7 million) in funding from various investors back in May 2011. AMD later made an undisclosed investment in BlueStacks as well in order to optimise BlueStacks for AMD's accelerated processing units (APUs) in notebook and tablet PCs. AMD invested via its AMD Fusion Fund, which makes strategic investments in companies that are developing "unique, digital consumer and professional experiences that harness the horsepower of AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) products," AMD said.

By March, BlueStacks rolled out the beta version of its Android App Player, which allowed users to run Android apps on a PC. The software, powered by a technology known as LayerCake, worked on devices running Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and allowed Android apps to run in windowed or full screen mode on a PC. A Mac version made its debut in June.

In addition to visiting the AppZone website, users can download the player [EXE] directly.

AMD touted the BlueStacks Cloud Connect service, which syncs apps and SMS messages to Android devices. "To setup, click the settings button and then Cloud Connect and follow the on screen instructions," AMD said. "You will also need to download the BlueStacks Cloud Connect app on your Android device."