Monday, January 28, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 28, 2013: Wubbzy's Space Adventure

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

Wubbzy's Space Adventure is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Wubbzy's Space Adventure is described as follows:
Blast off with Wubbzy, Walden, Widget and Daizy on an out-of-this-world space adventure! With this fun-filled app, inspired by the Emmy® Award Winning Nick Jr.® TV series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!®, kids will explore space, meet kooky aliens and finally wake up the sleepy Man in the Moon so he can see the sun rise.

Hi parents! Cupcake Digital is so excited to share this deluxe story experience with you and your child. We know you will be delighted. We care about your kids and their safety, so there are a few things we think you should know.

This app contains gated links, ensuring that only adults have the ability to access social networking sites, send e-mail to contact us for help or feedback, and get into the app stores. The gated links are available within the Help section or in the Main menu page, and are not placed within the story, which is designed to be just for kids.

We also want to make you aware that a pixel is embedded in our app. The pixel collects anonymous data only to help us understand downloads by device. We never collect personal or in-app behavioral data. For more information, or to view our full app privacy policy, please visit www.cupcakedigital.com.
Wubbzy's Space Adventure has a 4.7-star rating in Google Play, but with only 11 ratings, and has 4.3-stars in the Amazon Appstore.

There are 15 reviews in the Amazon Appstore, so based on these ratings, we'd buy this while it was free.

There is a version in the iOS App Store, with a 4.0-star rating overall, also priced at $1.99.

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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