Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 22, 2013: Kids Preschool Puzzle

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

Kids Preschool Puzzle is priced at $2.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $2.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Kids Preschool Puzzle is described as follows:
More than 1,000,000 parents have already downloaded Intellijoy's Kids Preschool Puzzle, a simple, entertaining, and educational game for preschool-aged kids. Newly available on the Amazon Appstore for Android, this popular app contains more than 100 fun picture puzzles.

Each puzzle presents your child with an outline of an image belonging to a category, such as animals, food, numbers, and letters. To solve the puzzle, the child must slide and snap the colorful puzzle pieces into place to reveal a delightful image.

While your tot or preschooler is being entertained and practicing her basic reading skills, she is building and improving her cognitive, visual/spatial, tactile, and fine motor skills, as well as shape recognition.

Choosing the preferences option allows you to control the app's level of challenge and interactivity. For instance, you may choose to turn off the puzzle-piece borders displayed in the form, creating a puzzle more closely resembling a traditional one with lots of little cardboard pieces that can quickly dominate a floor or a dining room table.
Kids Preschool Puzzle has a 4.7-star rating in Google Play and a 4.8-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

It's an easy call: buy this while it is free.

Intellijoy has a number of apps in the iOS App Store, though we couldn't find an exact match. Still, we'd recommend taking a look.

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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