Thursday, February 02, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 2/2/2012: Gravilux has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Gravilux.

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Gravilux is priced at $1.99 in the Android Market. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.

Gravilux is described as follows:
Feeling a tad stressed? Need a little more artistic beauty in your life? Gravilux is a gorgeous, very Zen-like app for Android that will both entertain and soothe you whenever you use it.

Reach for the Stars

Gravilux lets you touch a universe of simulated stars beneath your fingertips, exerting a gravitation-like force to twist them into an infinite variety of colorful new galactic forms. Just launch the app and start moving your finger across the screen. The stars will react, moving in slow waves and forming amazing shapes and fascinating effects. As these pinpoints of light float across the screen of your smartphone or Kindle Fire, you'll be overcome with sense of peace and serenity.

Interactive Art Comes to Your Android

Gravilux combines elements of painting, animation, art, science, and gaming. Before it became a mobile app, this kind of interactive art was only found in galleries and museums. Now it's right on your Android, available to you anytime and anywhere.

Control the Universe

The app gives you many options to tune to your liking. Start out by selecting classic black and white or vibrant color. In the color setting, you have a veritable rainbow of shades from which to choose.

Hit the Settings button and you can choose an attract or repel effect, adjust the brightness, determine the spacing of the stars, and more. You can also touch the Optimize option and Gravilux will adjust itself to your particular device. The app is specifically designed for your Amazon Kindle Fire, so you'll enjoy an incredible experience with Gravilux on that device.

Hugely popular as an iPad app, Gravilux was created by Scott Snibbe Studio, a leader in the development of digital applications. You'll want to reserve a prominent space on your home screen for this enchanting work of art for your Android.

What They're Saying About Gravilux
"Apps like Gravilux awaken an 'Avatar'-like sensitivity to electricity in the body, power in the palms, and general connectedness." - New York Times

"Every once in a while, an app will come along that has no practical application whatsoever but is just SO COOL that you have to have it! Gravilux is that sort of app." -

"Of the millions of apps out there, none quite capitalize on the sheer fun and beauty of interactivity the way that Scott Snibbe's do." - Cool Hunting
Gravilux has a rating of 4.0 stars in the Android Market and 4.2 stars in the Amazon Appstore.
Gravilux continues the recent Amazon Appstore "trend" of offering FAOTD selections that are relatively unknown in the Android Market. By that, we mean apps that simply haven't gotten any uptake in the Android Market (to us, this means it's possible the developer reached out to themselves, hoping that the FAOTD might bring them attention --- just a guess).

Quite a few of those result in low ratings when they finally get the attention they want. Gravilux does not follow that trend. It has a good 4.2 rating in the Amazon Appstore, over 90 ratings at the time of this writing, so we say it's finally getting the attention it probably deserved all this time.

"Buy" it while it's free.

Gravilux is also available in the App Store for iOS for $1.99.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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