Not to be left off of the app store bandwagon, Intel has launched a beta version of its software application (app) store -- the Intel AppUp center. Initially targeting apps for netbook computers, the first apps are available for free download or purchase. At the same time, Intel industry partners Acer, Asus, Dell and Samsung also announced store collaboration and plans.
"The Intel AppUp SM center offers netbook users quick and easy access to applications specifically tailored to their mobile lifestyle," said Renee James, corporate vice president and general manager, Intel Software and Services Group. "Our store does the work of aggregating, categorizing and validating applications so consumers can shop, collect and install from one easy source."
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 Windows and Moblin, the first operating systems to target the netbook computers 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.