Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 11, 2012: Bubbles Touch

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

Bubbles Touch is free in Google Play, but search-supported (more on this later); it is normally priced at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Bubbles Touch is described as follows:
"Classic Bubble Shooter + an addictive arcade mode! Shoot the bubbles!"

It's classic Bubbles and Bubble Shooter game + an addictive arcade mode! Let's start breaking bubbles! Play the beautiful classic mode or challenge yourself in the new addictive arcade mode! Can you break the bubbles before the descending stone trap gets you?

The idea is to create a group of at least three bubbles to explode them. Bubbles that are not attached to anything get dropped. Each dropped bubble gives you an extra bubble to shoot! Drop special balls to get extra features like the chainsaw ball!
Bubbles Touch has 4.2 stars in Google Play and 4.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

With this agreement on ratings, we'd call this a "buy" while this is free.

In terms of search support, here's how it is described in Google Play:
*****This app is supported via search. Please note that the following will be added to your device once you download the app – Search icon, bookmark link and browser homepage. You can delete/replace these search points easily. This is a way to make money from this app and giving it to you for free. The bookmarks permission is needed for the Search-app to add itself to the bookmarks, it is not used for anything else. Thank you for your understanding.*****
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).

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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