Amazon Web Services Inc, an
) company recently launched Amazon AppStream, a service that
allows developers the ability to stream resource intensive apps
like 3D games and interactive HD apps from the cloud. AppStream
is available for Windows, Android and iOS operating systems.
AppStream helps developers to offload some of the most
graphically-intensive components of their apps to the cloud. The
aforesaid feature relieves developers from the task of designing
AppStream runs on Amazon cloud's new GPU instances called G2. The
application runs in the cloud and hence can handle enormous
computational and storage needs, regardless of the gadgets used.
AppStream allows one to build complex applications that can be
run on simple devices. The application thus built will no longer
be limited by physical storage constraints or graphics rendering
capabilities of the device.
In case of Amazon AppStream, the customer proprietary code
remains in the cloud and hence is easy to update and safe from
tampering and theft. AppStream also provides the flexibility to
stream a part of the application from the cloud while running the
remaining part on the client's device. The application starts
instantly and hence the delays usually involved in downloading
and starting a native application can be done away with.
Streaming of games from the cloud has not been very popular so
far and most of the companies attempting have had multiple issues
that forced them to close shop. This capability, which is based
on Intel and NVIDIA technology is likely to make game streaming
easy. So there could be changes to the gaming market over time.
Amazon has gone on to become a veritable consumer electronics
giant from being an Internet retailer initially. The company is
planning to refresh its line-up of Kindle Fire tablets in the
next few months. But Amazon might not stop there. If rumors are
to be believed, the company has many more devices in the works,
including a smartphone, an audio streaming device, and an
) TV competitor.
Though Amazon's hardware competes both with Apple and
), it's much more destructive for the search giant. This is
because Amazon has adopted Google's Android operating system, but
not Google Play.
Currently, Amazon has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Currently,
) with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) can also be considered as a
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