Thursday, October 11, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 11, 2012: Speed Math Trainer has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Speed Math Trainer.

Speed Math Trainer is priced at $2.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Speed Math Trainer is described as follows:
Basic Math Training

See how you score in basic math in less than one minute, and start improving immediately with Speed Math Trainer. With practice and mental exercise, getting very good at math becomes easier, the ability to concentrate becomes stronger, and confidence builds. Increased confidence can then lead to success in life.

If you are weak in math skills, you will get a boost to your understanding and skill level. If you are already strong in math, you'll GET STRONGER! The app shows your progress grapically, indicating your progress at any point during your training.

Does it take you several seconds to figure out the answers to 7+8, or 15-8? You don't have to do the math, just act on intuition and memory. With this app you will memorize the answers to simple math like 7+8, 6 x 8, and 13-7. All you need is a spare minute of time for an exercise.

Great for everyone, from young children just beginning to learn math, to those trying to improve their mental math abilities.
  • Multiplication, addition, subtraction
  • Challenging and varied exercises
  • Get visual progress in graphs
  • Memorize answers to simple math problems
  • Compete with friends
Speed Math Trainer has a 5.0-star rating in Google Play and 2.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

To be clear, the rating in Google Play involves only two votes. It's a trend that's gone on for the last four days, with Amazon Appstore FAOTD selections seeming to be those apps whose developers are desperate for attention.

Why the poor Amazon Appstore rating? These review snippets from the site give clarity:

“ There is nothing that would help you improve your skills. ” sonyfan2123
“ It just gives problems and you score better if you answer quickly and correctly. ” Toy Lover
“ 5 star reviews are fake. ” Larry K. Hatfield

In general, we continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. 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 (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad). 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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