Asus extends Android apps to Windows PCs via BlueStacks partnership

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Asus is teaming with software firm BlueStacks to bring mobile applications written for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system to PCs running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows.

Asus will leverage BlueStacks' App Player for PC software and Layercake emulator technology to offer a selection of Android apps via asus@vibe, an entertainment portal pre-installed on all Asus products. Layercake enables Android apps written for the ARM processor as well as those using hardware graphics acceleration to automatically run on x86-based PCs. Apps designed for tablets that use graphics-intensive engines like Unity can also run on Layercake.

BlueStacks has agreements in place to bring popular Android apps like Fruit Ninja, Evernote, Pulse, Moviefone and Talking Tom Cat to both touch-enabled and non-touch Windows PCs. All applications run within the BlueStacks App Player, which includes a selection of pre-loaded apps along with a "Get Apps" button directing consumers to additional options. Asus@vibe users will be given six months of free access to all apps within the BlueStacks App Player, with the option to upgrade to unlimited apps and sync apps from their Android phone to their PC. Asus did not disclose pricing.

Asus said asus@vibe will feature Android apps across a variety of categories, including games, social, music, commerce, business and education.

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