Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 4/24/2012: My First Words

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is My First Words.

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My First Words is priced at $1.99 in Google Play, and it is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

My First Words is described as follows:
Let Me Spell It

Teach basic literacy skills to little kids in a fun, colorful way. This game includes 50 words in three different themes. This educational app is designed for kids ages two to seven.

Animals, Fruits, and Colors

In the opening screen, select from three categories: animals, fruits, and colors. You then choose how you want the text of the word to appear: upper case, lower case, and cursive. From there, choose the number of stars (1, 2, 3) to determine the level of difficulty.

The aim of the game is to arrange the letters in the correct order to make the word. All letters are pronounced when touched. When the word is correctly completed, the whole word is pronounced and an animation is displayed.

My First Words teaches kids pronunciation, spelling, and word-picture association. What a fun way to learn how to read!
My First Words is rated at 2.0 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 2.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The free My First Words app is rated at 3.0 stars in Google Play. Based on these ratings, this is one of the few apps we've ever said you should skip in the Amazon Appstore, although since it is free, there's no reason not to at least give it a try.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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