Sunday, January 20, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 20, 2013: iMediaShare

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

iMediaShare is priced at $4.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $4.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

iMediaShare is described as follows:
Discover and enjoy personal and online video directly on your TV screen!

Play videos from your mobile to your HD TV! No box, no cables, no TV apps! Just pick a video and tap to play!

Any time, any place, any screen - with iMediaShare in your pocket watch favourite videos, photos and music anywhere you happen to be, easily switching across to the screen size of your choice - phone, tablet or TV.

A great selection to pick from - have fun with YouTube and Vimeo, stay informed with CNN or CNBC, laugh with Break, learn with Discovery or simply relax with family and friends, and the videos of happy times together.

Share with friends and family - stream personal and online videos, photos and music to a large screen TV nearby - so that everyone can see.

Advantages over iMediaShare Lite:
  • More online video channels in HD
  • Ad-free experience
  • Video playback from YouTube links
  • Video playback of arbitrary mpeg files from the internet and other apps
Supported players:
  • Televisions from Samsung Smart TV (w/ AllShare), LG, Sony BRAVIA Internet TV, Panasonic Viera, Toshiba and many others.
  • Game consoles: Microsoft XBox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 (no remote control).
  • Network Media Players: Apple TV, Sony Blu-ray, Popcorn Hour, WD TV Live, and many others.
  • PC/Mac media servers: Twonky, Windows Media Player, and many others.
  • Other DLNA/UPnP/AirPlay compliant media players.
iMediaShare has a 4.2-star rating in Google Play and a 3.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd buy this while it's free.

There is also a version of the app in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $4.99 and has a 3.5-star rating the current version and 3.0-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).

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.

Apple has already lost a portion of that lawsuit, which said Amazon.com had participated in "false advertising."




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