Friday, June 22, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 6/22/2012: PicShop - Photo Editor has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is PicShop - Photo Editor.

PicShop - Photo Editor is priced at $5.03 in Google Play and is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

PicShop - Photo Editor is described as follows:
Full-Featured Photo Editor for Android

PicShop - Photo Editor features a beautiful design combined with tons of editing options and dozens of filters. With support for HD images up to 8MP, PicShop is great for serious photographers as well as casual. Post your perfected photos to Facebook, Twitter or e-mail with a single click.

The UI Layer for PicShop is fully GPU accelerated, which translates into extremely low battery consumption, and a beautifully smooth 60hz interface. This app is a joy to use.

Photo Editing Controls

The Editing Suite includes Color/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast, Sharpen/Blur, Tilt Shift, Depth of Field, Blemish Remover, RedEye Remover, Auto-Correction, Crop, Rotate, and Flip.

  • Full Editing Suite
  • Filters and Effects
  • Frames and Overlays
  • Sketch Mode w/ 8 different brushes
  • Meme Maker (YES RLY)
  • Speech Bubbles
  • Text w/ Adjustable Font
  • Fun Stickers (Hats, Moustaches, Love etc)
  • Social Integration (Facebook, Twitter, Email)
  • Customize app with your own personal theme
PicShop - Photo Editor is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play and 3.4 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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There is a significant difference between the ratings in the two marketplaces, and that is especially strange because both have a decent number of ratings / reviews. In the Play Store, there are 143 ratings. In the Amazon Appstore, there are 132. So what could be the difference?

In the Amazon Appstore, the one-star ratings focus on three things: force closes, an inability to upload, and the app just plain not working.

However, although there are 33 one-star ratings in the Amazon Appstore, there are only 4 in Google Play. There are zero two-star ratings in Google Play and 10 in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd have to say it's free, try it. Issues are possibly the result of Android fragmentation. There is also a Lite version that is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play.

PicShop HD - Photo Editor is available in the iOS App Store. The iOS version is $4.99 in the App Store, and is rated at 5 stars for the current version, and 4.5 stars overall.

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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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