Bluestacks partners with AMD, brings Android apps to the AMD-powered desktops running Windows 7 and 8

by: Joe HindySeptember 27, 2012

There are a lot of ways to use Android on any Intel or AMD computer. You can create a virtual machine that runs Android. If you want to run your Android phone on a PC, it’s as simple as using TeamViewer.

There is another application that will allow you to tap into Android using Windows called Bluestacks. Bluestacks is an Android emulator that allows you to run a full Android environment on your PC without having to bother with a virtual machine. They have recently partnered with AMD to bring AMD PCs Android apps with just one click.

Using AMD’s AMD AppZone, you can download Android applications to your PC as easily as you can to your Android phone. For now, the Android applications are only available if you go to the official AMD AppZone website and download them. However, there are talks that AMD might start bundling Android apps with computers in the future.

The goal is to offer every Android application in the Google Play Store. However, if you travel to the website, you’ll find only a few dozen are available right now. As time goes, that list will surely grow.

I have an AMD powered computer, how do I make this work?

It really is quite simple. Head to the AMD AppZone linked above, find an application you like, and download it. Easy as that. If you don’t already have Bluestacks, it will install itself before installing any applications. Then the application itself will install.

On my AMD FX-8120 (8-core) processor, it took about 2-3 minutes total to install both Bluestacks and Talking Tom. Additional app downloads took less than a minute. On my w500 tablet, which runs Windows 8, it took about 5-6 minutes for the Bluestacks and Talking Tom install. About 3-4 minutes for additional app installs.

This could be very huge for a number of reasons. It’ll be nice being able to get Android applications onto your AMD-powered PC or laptop. However, the biggest winner could be those with AMD-powered Windows tablets. Tablets like the Acer Iconia w500, which runs Windows 7 or Windows 8. It’s not an Android tablet, but with this new deal between Bluestacks and AMD, it can applications like one.

If more Windows tablets are released with AMD chips, any customer will essentially have access to every Android application as well. Does this make a Windows tablet seem like a more viable option? Let us know your thoughts.

  • MasterMuffin

    You have a 8 core PC, true nerd :D made it yourself?

    • Yes sir! Only cost me around $800 for all the parts (not including keyboard, monitor, etc etc)

      • Andrew_Grush

        Joe, apparently I’m a true nerd as well. I have an FX-8150, which obviously is also an eight-core. Absolutely love AMD when it comes to PCs, even if Intel still leads the pack. I’m running Windows 7 and Ubuntu as a dual boot configuration. :)

        • Because I’m not used to the whole (SSD primary, HDD storage) premise yet, mine is all Windows 7 for now (I have a laptop that runs Linux Mint). When it comes to price/performance ratios, can’t beat AMD dude.

      • MasterMuffin

        Pretty good, 6GB ram? :)

        • 8GB actually :) in both school and hobby, I do a lot of software compiling, so the extra memory is super userful. My only weak point is my video card, a Radeon 6850. Windows Experience still a 7.7 though :) better than average.

          • MasterMuffin

            Awesome :D

  • Ougatha

    why on my iconia w500 the bluestacks can’t see the button for back home n setting like on my pc?