Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Nov. 14, 2012: Jellyflop has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Jellyflop.

Jellyflop is free, but ad-supported, in Google Play (you can remove the ads with an in-app purchase). 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.

Jellyflop is described as follows:
Can Jellyfish fly? Well, sort of...

As a rule, jellyfish are better at flopping than flying, but like the old saying goes, “once a jellyfish sets his mind on something he cannot be swayed,” and this jellyfish really wants to fly.

Help Jelly (a little guy in a big jam!) find enough feathers and gadgets to take to the sky in this action-packed, physics puzzler! Draw lines with a swipe of your finger and let gravity do the rest!

Use powerful fans and space-time bending teleportals to send Jelly bouncing and flopping through a world filled with predators, spikes, and other perils!

Help Jelly fulfill his dream of soaring like a bird amongst the clouds!

Jump into Jellyflop!
Jellyflop is rated at 4.6 stars in Google Play, and has 3.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

At the time of this writing there are only 21 ratings, but nine of them are one-star. The difference between the sites: on, there is much more concern over permissions, and the ratings are because of permissions paranoia.

To be clear, that 4.6-star rating in Google Play comes with nearly 1,200 overall. With these ratings, we'd say "buy" this app while it is free.

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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