Sunday, February 03, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 3, 2013: Conjure has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Conjure.

Minesweeper Unlimited 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.

Minesweeper Unlimited is described as follows:
Conjure is the fastest, smartest launcher for Android. Use it to open apps, find contacts, toggle wifi, adjust volume, and much more. Search results are prioritized according to use so your favorite apps and contacts are always a keystroke away. Start typing and watch the magic happen.

Features include:
  • Find and launch apps.
  • Find contacts by name or number.
  • Call, view, or sms contacts (on devices that support it).
  • Adjust your device's volume.
  • Toggle wifi, bluetooth, airplane mode, silent mode, and vibrate mode.
  • Make your device speak using text to speech.
  • Search the web. Conjure results are prioritized by frequency of use.
  • Devices with a search button: Long pressing the search button opens Conjure.
  • Optional system tray notification for easy launching.
  • 2 Widgets: 1) Conjure Search Widget 2) Conjure Search and  History Widget (Android 3.0+). Optimized for phones and tablets.
Conjure is not a home screen replacement. Instead, Conjure complements your existing home screen by providing the quickest app launching experience possible.
Minesweeper Unlimited has 4.6 stars in Google Play and has 3.3-stars in the Amazon Appstore.

The Google Play rating comes with 131 overall. The differences between the two markets seem to be at least partly from permissions paranoia. We'd buy this while it is free.

Although this is -- for once -- not a game, 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). 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. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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

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