Thanks to an AMD deal made with software developer Bluestacks, 500,000 Android apps will work with Windows 8 tablets and laptops.
AMD is working with Bluestacks on a Windows 8 application called AppZone player that will enable around half a million Android apps to work on devices running the new Microsoft OS, writes the BBC. The app works like a wrapper around the Android APK program, letting it work on Windows 8 PCs, laptops and tablets.
The plan is to have the AppZone player pre-installed on Windows 8 devices powered by AMD chips, letting you play such Android classics as Fruit Ninja from launch. This could prove a major boon for early Windows 8 adopters, as there will be far fewer than 500,000 Windows 8-developed apps available for the system at launch.
There are two main aims of the Bluestacks AppZone player – to make the Android apps and games look good, despite having largely been designed for screen resolutions other than those of full laptops/desktops, and to make them run crash-free. The latter is the biggest challenge, as Android apps are produced with the ARM system architecture in mind, while AMD’s Windows 8 devices will use x86 chips.
BlueStacks’s app wrapper is currently available for Windows 7 and Mac, and the company also produces software that lets you run Windows on Android devices.
Windows 8 tablets will start appearing fairly shortly after the release of the OS, which happens on 26 October. Windows 8 tablets to look out for include the Asus Vivo Tab and the Windows RT-based Samsung ATIV Tab.