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Amazon launches AppStream cloud engine for apps

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March 13, 2014

Amazon AppStream allows users to stream resource hungry applications from the cloud to mob...

Amazon AppStream allows users to stream resource hungry applications from the cloud to mobile devices

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Amazon Web Services is already the biggest cloud computing platform, powering millions of websites globally. Now the company wants it to do the same for applications. The newly-launched AppStream allows users to stream resource hungry applications from the cloud.

The software or applications that individuals can use have traditionally been limited by the hardware in their computer, smartphone or tablet. AppStream means that individuals can use apps on devices that may otherwise have been too resource intensive. Applications are deployed to the Amazon cloud where computations are carried out and the final output is streamed to a user's device.

As well as removing the limitations of devices, Amazon says AppStream allows apps to be highly scalable, easily updated and instantly accessible without the need for downloads or installations. It is also available across multiple platforms, including FireOS, Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. A software developer kit is provided for developers.

AppStream was initially launched as a limited preview in November last year and this announcement marks the start of its full roll-out. It will initially be available in the North Virginia region of the US, with other areas to be added soon.

The video below provides an introduction to Amazon AppStream.

Source: Amazon

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Stu Robarts Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.   All articles by Stu Robarts
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4 Comments

Amazon is not the biggest cloud provider, softlayer hosts 270,000 more websites than AWS

May be something to do with TOTAL price performance and free network transfers.

Bry Hickenbottom
14th March, 2014 @ 01:53 am PDT

Amazon has entered into an agreement with the CIA to provide "cloud services".

Does this include a "back door" to your data?

Is it coincidence that "It will initially be available in the North Virginia region of the US, . . . "

RJB
14th March, 2014 @ 02:43 am PDT

@RJB - Yes.

All USA companies are required by law to give back door access to your data.

Google the "CALEA" Act (one of the many laws) to learn more.

christopher
14th March, 2014 @ 04:05 am PDT

Interesting application in developing markets where devices tend to be of lower spec...

Brendan Dunphy
14th March, 2014 @ 08:54 am PDT
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