Amazon AppStream announced for mobile devices

At Amazon's re:Invent conference this week, it announced a new service with goals akin to OnLive--only aimed at mobile developers instead. Amazon AppStream will allow devs to stream their applications from the cloud in high definition, to appear on mobile devices.

TechCrunch reports that according to Amazon, this AppStream will allow developers to "build high-fidelity, graphically rich applications that run on a wide variety of devices, start instantly, and have access to all of the compute and storage resources of the AWS Cloud."

The company has developed a protocol to allow developers to render their graphics in the cloud, letting them stream HD video or 3D games that are more intensive than the devices themselves might comfortably handle. It can also take data from the mobile interface and stream it back to the source. Amazon Web Services Andy Jassy predicted that moving forward, cloud-based services will become increasingly important as mobile devices get smaller and put more focus on connectivity than raw power.

AppStream is in limited testing right now. Amazon has not announced timing for a full roll-out.