Sunday, October 14, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Oct. 13, 2012: Final Freeway has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Final Freeway.

Final Freeway 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.

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Final Freeway is described as follows:
Experience arcade racing over many diverse levels of fast-paced driving fun.

Beat the clock and speed through each goal to proceed to the next stage.

Boasting a diverse range of exciting levels, this popular title has reached #1 on racing game charts for major mobile platforms.
Final Freeway has a 3.8-star rating in Google Play and 3.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Finally, finally, for the first time in nearly a week, we have an app that has more than four ratings at Google Play. We were tired of seeing apps that had seen almost no attention at Google Play (as we said, the largest number of reviews was four). That implied was having developers desperate for attention come to them begging to be FAOTD.

This app has nearly 150 ratings at Google Play and with the agreement between the two stores, we'd say "buy" it while it is free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store, priced at $0.99. It has 4-star ratings for both current and all versions.

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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