Thursday, February 07, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Feb. 7, 2013: FlightBoard has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is FlightBoard.

FlightBoard is priced at $3.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $3.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

FlightBoard is described as follows:
Is your flight to Miami still on time? What planes are arriving at London's Gatwick Airport, right now? Can you get a connecting flight to Istanbul through Geneva? FlightBoard turns your Android device into the Arrivals and Departures board for almost any airport in the world.

Worldwide, Real-time Flight Information

View complete, real-time flight information for 4,000 airports and 1,400 airlines worldwide. Use the app's quick, intuitive search interface to find airports by name or by city. Toggle between an airport's Departures and Arrivals boards with one quick tap. Instantly narrow your results by flight number, gate, origin, destination, or arrival or departure time. Keep on top of delays and schedule changes with automatic updates every five minutes.

Classic, Stylish Look

Because it's patterned on the classic look of Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, FlightBoard has a beautiful, vintage look. The app works on both Android phone and tablet devices, but its graphics are optimized for the tablet screen. As an Android user, you also get to choose between two optional FlightBoard live wallpapers for your home screen.

Stay in Touch

Need to keep in touch with friends, family, and social networks while in transit? Or do you have to coordinate business travel for colleagues? FlightBoard enables you to share flight information with your contacts quickly and easily via Twitter, Facebook, SMS, and e-mail.

Feel like you're flying in style with this worldwide travel tool.
  • Instantly learn the real-time status of any flight
  • Easily narrow your searches using simple, intuitive interface
  • Quickly toggle between Arrivals and Departures views
  • Share flight information with your contacts via e-mail and social networks
  • Enjoy stylish app design and two live wallpapers
FlightBoard has a 4.2-star rating in Google Play and a 4.7-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd buy this while it was free.

There is also a version in the iOS App Store. There it is priced at $3.99, and has 4.5 stars for both current and overall ratings.

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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