ONLINE RETAILER Amazon has announced that its Appstream web service is now available for all developers after four months of testing.
Amazon launched the cloud based Appstream framework last year, promising the service would run high resource demanding apps including "3D games and interactive HD applications" from the cloud.
The system is designed to enable gaming and app use across multiple devices by streaming them from the cloud, with the idea that it won't require building a new framework for each device and that more intensive games will be playable on devices that wouldn't usually be capable of playing them, because the content will be processed elsewhere.
Now that Appstream is open to all developers, they can build apps on Appstream and scale them as needed to meet demand.
"You can now use Appstream to build complex applications that run from simple devices, unconstrained by the compute power, storage, or graphical rendering capabilities of the device," Amazon said.
Amazon's announcement today also reveals that Appstream apps can now run on a g2 instance type Elastic Block Storage (EBS) including high-performance GPU-powered rendering of 2D and 3D graphics. For example, they can run in a Windows 2008 R2 environment so it can make use of native Windows APIs and AWS resources such as relational and NoSQL (Amazon DynamoDB) databases, persistent object storage (Amazon's S3), caching (Amazon Elastic Cache), message queues (Amazon SQS), publish and subscribe messaging (Amazon SNS), and email delivery.
Appstream supports streaming to Firefox OS, Android, iOS and Windows devices, as well as a recently introduced Mac OS X SDK to enable the development of clients that run on the Mac. µ