Amazon AppStream vs Page2Images: What are the differences?
Developers describe Amazon AppStream as "Stream resource intensive applications and games from the cloud". AppStream deploys and renders your application on AWS infrastructure and streams the output to mass-market devices, such as personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Because your application is running in the cloud, it can scale to handle vast computational and storage needs, regardless of the devices your customers are using. You can choose to stream either all or parts of your application from the cloud. Amazon AppStream enables use cases for games and applications that wouldn’t be possible running natively on mass-market devices. Using Amazon AppStream, your games and applications are no longer constrained by the hardware in your customer’s hands. On the other hand, Page2Images is detailed as "Automatically create screenshots from any URL via API". Page2Images is a website thumbnail creator optimized for mobile devices. Page2Images exposes its service through a REST API. The API allows websites and applications to generate thumbnails of a given URL. The API is able to specify image size, device, screen size, and more.
Amazon AppStream and Page2Images are primarily classified as "Application Streaming" and "Screenshots as a Service" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Amazon AppStream are:
- Amazon AppStream includes a SDK that currently supports streaming applications from Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 to devices running FireOS, Android, iOS, and Microsoft Windows.
- A Mac OS X SDK is planned for 2014.
- Remove Device Constraints- You can leverage the compute power of AWS to deliver experiences that wouldn’t normally be possible due to the GPU, CPU, memory or physical storage constraints of local devices.
On the other hand, Page2Images provides the following key features:
- 100% mobile websites friendly
- 99.9% online guarantee