Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Amazon Appstore free app of the day for April 3, 2013: Happy Diary

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

Happy Diary 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.

Happy Diary is described as follows:
Writing is not about the pen or the notebook, just like diary isn't just about words. Writers rejoice! We are introducing Happy Diary, a multimedia diary app.

Happy Diary supports multiple resources, including pictures, audio and video, and adds them to the diary with a click or a drag. Creating a layout is easy with custom placement of the multimedia resources. The portable function makes it perfect for outdoors, for when pictures complement words, or vice versa.

There are several intuitive ways to view your diary entries, by calendar, list or chapter. Gently swipe across the screen to browse each entry or double-click on a picture to view all the pictures in an organized way.

Product Features:

1. Snap! Captions! And much more. This multimedia diary captures every drop of your creative juices on the go.
2. Say goodbye to boring words! Make pictures, videos or voices part of your diary with a simple click or a drag.
3. It's your diary and your layout. Multimedia resources allow freedom of layout.
4. Seamless browsing of pictures and the ability to step into their related diary entries.
5. Featuring calendar view, list view or chapter view when organizing your diaries, in all exquisite ways.
6. Support password protection.
Happy Diary has a 4.2-star rating in Google Play and a 3.1-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

It's unclear why there is such a big difference between Google Play and the Amazon Appstore; in the Appstore, the app is criticized for losing entries, and that was seen in at least one review on Google Play.

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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