Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 19, 2012: 2012 Holiday Hidden Objects

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is 2012 Holiday Hidden Objects.

2012 Holiday Hidden Objects is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

2012 Holiday Hidden Objects is described as follows:
It's that time of year again! Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve! With new holidays come new Holiday Hidden Objects. This year we have 6 more levels and just as much fun as last year.
It sounds, from that statement, as though the developer did this last year.

2012 Holiday Hidden Objects has no ratings in Google Play (it only has 10 - 50 installs) and 2.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd have to say try it since it is free, but we certainly wouldn't buy it.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. Priced at $1.99, it ha a 5-star rating for the current version, but with only 5 ratings.

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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