Monday, December 24, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Dec. 24, 2012: Doodle Jump Christmas Special has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Doodle Jump Christmas Special.

Doodle Jump Christmas Special 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.

Doodle Jump Christmas Special is described as follows:
An amazingly beautiful special Christmas version of one of the most addictive and best-selling games of all time! Can you help Doodle jump up all the way to the North Pole?

Doodle Jump Christmas Special features all-NEW STUNNING GRAPHICS, all-NEW paths and challenges, all-NEW monsters, a SUPER COOL ROCKET power-up, and much, much more!
Doodle Jump Christmas Special has a 4.2 star rating in Google Play and 3.6 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

With that set of ratings, we'd say "buy" it while it's free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. It is priced at $0.99, but also has a number of in-app purchases. It has 4.5-stars for the current version and 4-stars overall.

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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