Intel joins app store race

Intel has launched a new app store for netbooks and MeeGo devices, Intel AppUp, and unveiled a new line of processors for smart TVs.
The app store will come preinstalled on netbooks sold by retailers Best Buy in the US, Croma in India and Dixons in the UK, and is available from these stores' websites for existing netbook users, Intel said.
PC and components maker Asus will in October start pre-installing its laptops with a customized version of the store named Asus App Store.
As well as desktop operating systems, the store will include apps for MeeGo, the open source netbook and handset OS developed by Intel and Nokia.
AppUp’s free and paid apps will cover productivity, social networking, entertainment and gaming, and users will be able to try before they buy with 24-hour trials of apps.
The store launched with around 800 apps, and the AppUp beta - which commenced in January - attracted around 450,000 users, eWeek said.
The firm also unveiled its forthcoming processors at the Intel Developer Forum yesterday.
The 3D-enabled CE4200 system-on-a-chip (SoC) will be used in internet-connected TVs, set top boxes and other devices, while a new range of Atom processors is in the pipeline for smartphones and connected devices including internet phones, in-car entertainment, and smart grid devices.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that the first smart TV-enabling devices using Intel processors and the Google TV platform are expected to ship shortly, and signal the firm’s latest steps in moving beyond the PC.
“Our vision is to create a continuum of personal computing experiences that provides consistency and interoperability across all internet-connected devices in the home, car, office or in your pocket,” he said.