Intel opens up an app store for netbooks

The next big app push isn't for the next big handset — it's for netbooks. Intel is spearheading an effort to bring a plethora of smaller applications to the cheap laptop market with its AppUp Center, which is already filled with business apps and ones for entertainment, education, social networking and more. As you'd expect, some are free and some aren't, and as the site grows it'll be backed by support from netbook makers including Acer, ASUS, Dell and Samsung.

The apps are built to better utilize the lower processing power of netbooks, which can be strained by full-power software for more powerful machines. It's an interesting idea, and one that'll blur the lines even more between netbooks and their handheld counterparts, such as the iPhone and the Nexus One.

AppUp Center, via CrunchGear