Saturday, December 22, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 22, 2012 Christmas Solitaire has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Christmas Solitaire.

Christmas Solitaire is priced at $0.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $0.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Christmas Solitaire is described as follows:
Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas Solitaire! With Klondike, Spider, Frecell, Yukon, and many more--all for under a dollar--it's the best deal on the market!

With beautiful, easy-to-read cards, and a full-screen layout that makes it easy to play on any device, you'll feel like Christmas came early this year!
  • Christmas Solitaire theme
  • Classic Solitaire (Klondike)
  • Freecell
  • Spider Solitaire
  • 9 GREAT games in all!
  • Playable in landscape AND portrait mode
  • Undo Button
  • Share your high scores with friends!
Christmas Solitaire has a 5.0 star rating in Google Play and 3.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Why the big difference in ratings? The 5.0 star rating in Google Play comes with only one rating.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. It is free, but does not have sufficient ratings to display.

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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