Friday, August 17, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for 8/17/2012: Daily Arm Workout has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Daily Arm Workout.

Daily Arm Workout is priced at $0.99 in Google Play, . It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Daily Arm Workout is described as follows:
Daily Arm Workout contains two 5 to 10 minute daily arm, chest and shoulder routines that step you through twenty of the best upper body exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. This workout is developed and demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, and spending just minutes a day can strengthen and tone your arms, chest and shoulders.

The routine's simple interface, complete with video and timer, allows you to easily follow along and understand each exercise.

FULL VERSION features:
  • Two workouts
  • Random and custom workouts
  • Landscape mode and ad-free
Daily Arm Workout has a 4.8-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.4 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.8-star rating in Google Play comes with 239 ratings, so you can assume it's valid. On the other hand, the lower Amazon Appstore rating seems due to permissions paranoia, as a valid question posed by customers is why an exercise app needs to "open network sockets." The app didn't have any such permissions in an earlier release.

There is a version of Daily Arm Workout in the iOS App Store. While it has not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version of this application, it has a 4.5-star rating overall.

We continue to be disappointed by the Amazon Appstore FAOTD. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer. We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games.

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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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