Monday, March 25, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for March 25, 2013: Crossword

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

Crossword is available in Google Play only as Crosswords Free; it is normally priced at $1.03 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Crossword is described as follows:
This app is available entirely in English.

Attention puzzle lovers: with the Crossword app you won't get bored anymore. Our crossword to take along on your way.

Whether you're waiting for the next bus, or during lunch break or at any other opportunity. Simply whip out the crossword and cheerfully start to puzzle.

There is something for every puzzle lover. The easy crossword for beginners up to difficult puzzles, which will definitely get your head spinning.

You can easily zoom into the answer fields and filling out the fields with the keypad is a real cinch. Should a word be wrong, the Crossword app won't keep secret.

Have fun solving the puzzle!
Crossword (in Crosswords Free form) has a 3.2-star rating in Google Play; it has a 2.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The app, even in paid form, appears to have banner ads, according to an Amazon Appstore review. We'd pass on this based on the 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).

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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