Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app for 8/22/2012: Smiley Blaster AdFree has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Smiley Blaster AdFree.

Smiley Blaster AdFree is priced at $1.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Smiley Blaster AdFree is described as follows:
From the makers of Toss It and Smiley Pops comes one of the best bubble-shooting games ever.

These Smileys laugh, wink, cry, and entertain you along the way. Burst the bubbles with the smiley blaster. Shoot the blaster in the crowd and take out as much as possible. It all sounds simple enough, but you'll soon find some of your ammo will turn into obstacles, and you'll need to bank your shots to get anywhere.

Enjoy superb state-of-the-art animation and sound, and share your score on Facebook and Twitter.
Find It MEGA PACK has a 4.5-star rating in Google Play, and a 3.2 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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The 4.5-star rating in Google Play comes with only 33 ratings.  Still, why is the Appstore rating so much lower?

The reason is because reviewers in the Appstore, although there are fewer of them than on Google Play, seem much more hip when it comes to things like privacy. The issue is the same as in Run In Crowd earlier: Scoreloop. From a review noted then:

"To keep your score, you need to sign up with and enable Scoreloop (a subsidiary of Research In Motion) - which is a DATA MINING company. Here is a quote right from their Facebook page: 'Drive discovery and increase sales and Sophisticated social data mining.' Checking their EULA, you basically give them rights to share this data with their 'partners.'"

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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