Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 1, 2013: New Years Mahjong

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

New Years Mahjong was available in Google Play, but the URL, found via a Google search, no longer works; 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.

New Years Mahjong is described as follows:
New Years is here to help you with your resolutions! Enjoy our unique tiles, and easy-to-use interface.

Earn up to 3 stars on all 6 of our fun and festive seasonally-themed tile boards!

Great music, sounds, and fun for the whole family.
New Years Mahjong has a 3.6-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. It is free, but has insufficient 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).

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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