Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app, 8/7/2012: Kids Connect the Dots

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

Kids Connect the Dots is priced at $2.99 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.

Kids Connect the Dots is described as follows:
This app is now optimized for both phones and tablets.

Kids Connect the Dots is a dot-to-dot kids game for preschool-age kids. Kids join all the dots and reveal a colorful image that is sure to excite your kids.

90+ puzzles.

This kids game will teach your kids to recognize and pronounce numbers and letters of the alphabet in a kid-friendly way.
  • Access to more than 90 images
  • Join the dots to reveal a colorful image
  • Tap or draw to connect the dots
  • Choose between alphabetical or numerical dot labels
  • Listen to progress with pleasant sounding voice and music option
Kids Connect the Dots has a rating of 4.6 stars in Google Play and a 3.9 star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

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To be clear, the 4.6-star rating in Google Play comes with 1,377 ratings. That is pretty compelling. Meanwhile, there are 14 ratings in the Amazon Appstore.

Note: the developer is selling a different Kindle Fire edition. That version is priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore.

Finally, a decent app as the FAOTD. Amazon.com has had a trend of late, picking a number of apps that have almost no uptake in Google Play as the FAOTD.

However, we're still disappointed in Amazon.com. We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as WidgetLocker Lockscreen instead of niche apps or endless games.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store.  It is priced at $2.99 and has insufficient ratings for the current version, but 1.5-stars overall.  That's right, for the first time we can recall, the iOS version is much lower rated than the Android version.

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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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