Sunday, January 27, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 27, 2013: Budget My Money

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

Budget My Money is priced at $3.44 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.74 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Budget My Money is described as follows:
Tired of running out of money? Budget My Money is a personal budgeting app which enables you to take back control of your finances.

Budget My Money predicts how much money you will have up to a year in the future. The more information you add, the more precise it will be. It will even calculate how much you can overspend according to budget without ending up with a negative balance.

Coming:
- Graphs
- History

Permission for read/write to storage is used to backup/restore items.

Icons by Aha-soft.
Budget My Money has a 5-star rating in Google Play, but with only one rating, and has 3.0-stars in the Amazon Appstore.

It seems to be so basic that you could do the same with a spreadsheet. It certainly isn't worth the $3.44 price in Google Play.

There is a version in the iOS App Store, with a 4.0-star rating overall , also priced at $1.99 for the full-game (in-app purchase).

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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