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Intel Launches Dedicated App Store for Netbooks

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

Who says you can’t have cool apps without a smartphone? Netbook owners can have all the apps they want starting today.

Intel announced its plans for an App Store for netbooks a long time ago. In fact, it was so long ago that the project almost slipped our minds completely. Intel launched the AppUp beta in January, at CES, but we haven't heard much about it since. However, AppUp is back in the news this week as Intel executives today announced that it is out of beta and now open to everyone.

Compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP and Moblin netbooks, the AppUp Center can be downloaded via Intel's AppUp.com or Best Buy's website and an Asus-specific version will come pre-loaded on the company's netbooks this fall. The AppUp store offers both paid and free applications for news and weather, social networking, productivity and more. Intel today named Adobe, Accuweather, Barnes & Noble, Funkitron, Gibson Guitars, iWin, Kaplan, KONAMI, and Lifetime as companies who had already submitted apps to the store.

Do you think there's a place for applications on netbooks? Let us know in the comments below!

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    kinggraves , September 15, 2010 12:38 AM
    There's already apps for netbooks, you know..the normal PC applications?
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    sabot00 , September 15, 2010 12:15 AM
    I think when Google gets wind of this they'll create their own App Store; link it to Gmail, youtube, and Google, and slowly "Chromenize" all netbooks.
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    kinggraves , September 15, 2010 12:38 AM
    There's already apps for netbooks, you know..the normal PC applications?
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    rolli59 , September 15, 2010 1:03 AM
    Everybody wants a piece of the cake.
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    bsbsbsbs , September 15, 2010 1:18 AM
    rolli59Everybody wants a piece of the cake.


    Agreed. I think this will never get off the ground.
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    kronos_cornelius , September 15, 2010 1:56 AM
    Markets seem more friendly to use than what we used to use in the decades past. You know, getting CDs and installing software, or downloading the exe hoping the shareware is not a trojan. The AppStore concept should have being born in the PC sector. Better late than never.

    The original appstore really are the Linux's repositories. That was the first time I started to just pick out the apps from a list and they would get installed automatically. Nobody took notice of that because the open source movement does not have a big marketing department... maybe the should get one!
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    Stifle , September 15, 2010 2:38 AM
    So... a centralized location to download poorly written software to bloat up and slow down a netbook. Where do I sign?
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    abhifx , September 15, 2010 2:38 AM
    i have been using synaptic in debian for sooo many years. good thing every OS has followed suit.
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    Parsian , September 15, 2010 3:05 AM
    rolli59Everybody wants a piece of the cake.



    Ive already seen the cake, through a "Portal" on my ION Netbook
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    theoutbound , September 15, 2010 4:24 AM
    I'm not a huge netbook fan, but this is pretty cool. Having the ability to quickly connect to a single service rather than searching everything manually would be a step up.
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    dEAne , September 15, 2010 4:49 AM
    wow
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    cashews , September 15, 2010 5:34 AM
    I am yet to check out this "app" store , but if there were enough free applications, it could work well. Having a collection of netbook optimized software would be handy, rather than the current trial and error when seeing if a particular application is netbook friendly.

    I heard rumours that MS were going to add some sort of an "app" store to Windows 8. Currently 90% of my software I download anyway, so I wouldn't object if I could source them all in the one place and then download from a nearby mirror.
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    Trashit , September 15, 2010 6:31 AM
    All that the devs and app store hosts see are dollar signs...all i see is garbage and bloatware. The net if full of very useful and totally free programs. For those that didnt know, the net doesnt stop at facebook and itunes/appstore. Its ok to go out there and see what cool programs people have come up with. Heck you never know, you might even learn something new!
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    nevertell , September 15, 2010 6:55 AM
    Debian/linux has had an "appstore" for years. It is called apt-get, there are others like emerge, yum. Finally windows is sort of catching on.
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    back_by_demand , September 15, 2010 7:05 AM
    This will complement www.download.com nicely
    It will have Windows Tablet apps soon enough too
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    adonn78 , September 15, 2010 7:18 AM
    How about an App that plays HD video? No? then how about they make mroe capable CPU's and integrated GPU's. Oh SNAP!
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    infodan , September 15, 2010 8:09 AM
    An app store for windows? i'm confused, i thought in windows these were called PROGRAMS and the store was called THE INTERNET?
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    jsc , September 15, 2010 8:40 AM
    You all are overlooking one point. The THG audience is skewed toward the highly computer literate and the netbook target audience isn't.
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    mihaimm , September 15, 2010 8:51 AM
    This is really good and it's something linux had for years. After trying on Win7 I was amazed at how difficult is to find that application, install it, update it. Went back to Ubuntu in a minute. That's something MANDATORY for ANY system, not only netbooks.
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    back_by_demand , September 15, 2010 9:43 AM
    mihaimmThis is really good and it's something linux had for years. After trying on Win7 I was amazed at how difficult is to find that application, install it, update it. Went back to Ubuntu in a minute. That's something MANDATORY for ANY system, not only netbooks.

    Uh, I guess no one has ever been to Cnet's www.download.com then?
    Freeware, shareware, full pay-for software, every OS, every platform, desktop & mobile.
    Don't kid yourself into thinking Linux or Apple had a single site for software before anybody, PC was always there first.
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    dan117 , September 15, 2010 12:16 PM
    kronos_corneliusThe AppStore concept should have being born in the PC sector.

    It's called Steam.
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