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Qualcomm Follows AMD, Citrix in Funding BlueStacks

It’s already got $14 million amassed since last May

BlueStacks, a software start-up founded in 2008 by former McAfee CTO Rosen Sharma to make ARM-based Android apps run on x86 PCs, Ultrabooks, netbooks and tablets unmodified, has picked up an undisclosed investment from Qualcomm.

It's already got $14 million from AMD, Citrix, Andreessen Horowitz, Radar Partners, Ignition and Helion Venture Partners amassed since last May.

After a three-month alpha test that it says attracted just over a million users toward the end of last year, it released a beta-1 version of its free App Player on March 27. It said it saw over a million downloads in the first 10 days and figures users have run over 12 million apps.

"We've seen long session times and a lot of stickiness, which is good. Our focus now is on making App Player as fast and robust as it can possibly be," Sharma said.

Its Cloud Connect - you knew there was a cloud in this, right - pushes the Android apps, even graphics-intensive ones, onto the x86 device. Users can send and receive SMS messages on their PCs and seamlessly run Android and Windows applications on their x86-based devices.

It's says it eliminates the need to carry two devices. There's no porting involved for developers and there are simply scads of PCs out there.


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