Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/22/2012: Alphabet Coloring

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

We didn't find Alphabet Coloring in Google Play, but it is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Alphabet Coloring is described as follows:
Kids Love Coloring

Alphabet Coloring is a fun way to help kids practice their ABCs. It includes 26 beautiful custom made coloring pages for each letter of the alphabet. In addition, each coloring page has a professionally recorded voiceover. A is for Apple...B is for Butterfly...C is for Cat!

  • Simple user interface
  • Curated color palette
  • White and black canvas
  • Multiple undos
  • Tons of stickers
  • Multiple erasers
  • Multi-touch support
  • Adjustable stroke size
  • Share artwork via e-mail or save to gallery
Alphabet Coloring is, as we said, not in Google Play. It is rated at 3.3 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Although Alphabet Coloring doesn't appear to be in Google Play, there is a similar app
in both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Color and Draw for Kids HD is $1.99 in Google Play and the non-HD version is $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. Those apps are rated at 3.9 and 4.2 stars, respectively.

Note that although we couldn't find Alphabet Coloring in Google Play, we found a number of very similarly named apps, so don't confuse them.

A number of one-star ratings in the Amazon Appstore were because of force closes. This is the sort of thing that is normally quickly resolved, and is based on Android fragmentation. We'd "buy" the game now, even if you see a force close, because it is free, and updates will be free, as well.

You can see a slideshow of screenshots here.

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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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