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Get full Android OS on Windows PC with next version of BlueStacks


BlueStacks and AMD have announced they have reached a new milestone in their collaboration to bring the Android OS experience to Microsoft Windows based devices, including notebooks and desktops. Unlike previous versions of BlueStacks, which was an “app player” the latest update offers the ability to run the full Android OS on AMD powered devices. This means users will also be able to take advantage of the computing power available via direct access to those resources. The new BlueStacks will run Android within a virtual environment instead of requiring users to reboot and choose which operating system to use. This is seen as an advantage over Intel’s implementation on several devices. Read more

AMD breaks from Windows exclusivity, will develop chips for Android and Chrome OS


Just as the title says, AMD has finally separated themselves from Windows exclusivity and plans on manufacturing chips for Android and Chrome based OS devices. AMD will make chips based on x86 and ARM architecture for both Android and Chrome. While AMD is still “committed” to Windows and will continue to provide chips for the company, I think it’s just near impossible for them to continue to ignore the possibilities and market for Android devices, especially considering the growth the OS has been achieving these past couple of years.

With that said, you should expect Android devices to carry AMD chips in the near future! Stay tuned.

source: pcworld

AMD announces ARM-based processors, will possibly run data centers in 2014

I think we’re all well aware of the advancements and power of the latest microprocessors in devices these days. My realization came when Tegra 3- based games starting to roll out looking very much like the console games I’ve been playing for years, not to mention the Android-powered satellites and the in flight entertainment system on Boeing’s new super-jet, the 787.  It’s almost unbelievable what these tiny processor are capable of.

Given the power and potential of the tiny processors, today AMD announced that it’ll begin development of chips based on the designs of ARM chips, similar to the ones used in mobile devices. Since these chips consume less power, AMD says the new chips will be very efficient and offer a way for customers to cut the costs of running a data center by reducing power consumption and cooling needs. So, you can see the draw of the tiny processors given the huge cost-savings they’ll be capable of in data centers.

Once a power player in the technology industry, this new move couldn’t come at a better time with AMD’s struggling sales and margins. This move would immediately provide a new competitive advantage over their rival Intel since Intel doesn’t currently sell microprocessors based on ARM designs. You’ve got to think that this move will provide a boost in sales, if successful, while also reducing shipping costs thus adding even more to the bottom line. AMD aims to have the chips available by 2014.


source:  The Wall Street Journal



Bluestacks And AMD Team Up To Bring 500,000 Apps On Windows 8-Based AMD PCs


As Bluestacks takes over both PCs and Macs everywhere, we will start to see additional exposure of the nifty tool much more in the tech world. That’s why Bluestacks has announced a partnership with famed PC chipmaker AMD, which will offer Android apps in AMD’s AppZone. What this means is if you’re on an AMD-based machine and running Windows 8, you’ll be able to not only view the software titles, but you’ll be able to run the software with no issues— as if you’re on your smartphone or tablet. What’s even better is the fact the specialized Bluestacks software on AMD machines will be CPU and GPU-optimized, so users can rest easy knowing their software is going to run as smooth and cleanly as possible.

For the time being, the apps for AMD machines will be available in English, German, Korean, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. That’s all for now, but additional details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.

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