Intel and industry partners have announced the launch of their new app store for netbook owners. Dubbed the AppUpCenter (http://www.intelappup.com/), it is currently in beta although there are some apps that are free for download or purchase.
As unveiled Thursday during President and CEO Paul Otellini’s CES keynote speech, Intel Corporation has launched a beta version of its software application (app) store — the Intel AppUpSM center — for netbook computers. The first apps are now available for free download or purchase by visiting http://www.intelappup.com/. Four other Intel industry partners – Acer, Asus, Dell and Samsung — also announced store collaboration and plans.
The first apps are now available for immediate free download or purchase. These apps cover education, entertainment, games, health, social networking and other categories. A sampling includes Arnold Palmer Golf, Boxee, Wikihow and Yoono.
The beta store will host applications for both the Microsoft Windows and the open source Moblin™-based operating systems, the first operating systems to target the popular netbook computer category powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor.
Over time, Intel and its partners expect to expand the stores to include applications for the large categories of handheld CE devices, smartphones, consumer electronic appliances, TVs and other devices based on future Intel processor families.
Early enthusiasm for the Intel Atom™ Developer Program has been strong. Within 30 days of offering the program, thousands of developers signed up and downloaded the starter-kit, and more than 350 apps have since been submitted for validation or review.
By participating in the program, developers gain access to the fast-growing, consumer-centric computing netbook category. In addition, developers gain revenue opportunities from the netbook-installed base, and potentially hundreds of millions of other Intel processor-based computers and devices — should Intel and partner storefronts expand into new market segments.
In addition to the Windows and Moblin-based operating systems, the Intel AppUp center will offer applications that use Web browser run-time environments such as Adobe Air and Microsoft Silverlight in the future.
Source: Korea Newswire