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Circle Launcher is the App Store for Android's free app du jour.  (Source:
There's a minor catch, but you can't beat free android apps

I have one of the original EVO 4G phones from HTC Corp. (SEO:066570) on the Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) network.  Having come from a BlackBerry Storm on Verizon Communication, Inc.'s (VZ) (my third Storm piece of hardware, having lost two to warranty-covered rebooting-related deaths), I have nothing but good things to say about the EVO as a smart phone and Sprint's network performance.  

In the midwest area (Chicago, Detroit, etc.) my dropped calls on Sprint have been lower than on Verizon (again this is just my personal experience), and the phone 4G has performed will in California and Las Vegas, Nevada, on trips.  My monthly bills are much down from Verizon's (even when you subtract the Blackberry data fee).  

And after multiple drops over the last year with no extra case onto concrete, from several feet (on the edges, mind you), my EVO 4G is happy as a clam sans some minor scuffing on the edges.  Good thing I didn't have an IPhone 4 or my screen would be toast.  And Sprint/HTC did a good job rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update relatively early.  About the only complaint I have about the EVO is the poor battery life... but that's a different story.

Getting to my point, as much as I love my EVO and Sprint, perhaps the best thing I've discovered for Android of late is actually, Inc.'s (AMZN) one free paid app per day giveaway.  I wrote about the Amazon App Store for Android a few months back, and I had assumed that the free Angry Birds Rio I got was a one-and-done deal.

Much to my amazement I recently poked into the store and realize they've been offering one free paid app a day!!  This may be old news to some of you (sorry), but for those who haven't take advantage of this check it out.

All you have to do is get App Store for Android (download here) and then enroll in Amazon's One-Click-Purchase program.  That's a bit of an annoying catch as I hate having that associated with my account as I prefer the multiple levels of purchase warnings.  But I've relented -- the free apps are just too tempting to get hung up on that catch.

Most of the free apps are games, but some are utilities.  For example today I downloaded CircleLauncher, typically $1, but today (Saturday) free.  It brings that circle app launching look of the Sony Walkman phone to your everyday Android (sort of).

And with Apple, Inc. (AAPL) trying (somewhat unsuccessfully thus far) to ban's App Store, it seems like a good thing to support if you like freedom in the market.

Anyhow, I was pretty excited to discover this and am going to be sure to download my free app per day.  I wanted to share it with you guys, in case some of you Android fans out there hadn't caught wind of it yet.  Enjoy!

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Too bad developers get the shaft.
By CrazyBernie on 9/26/2011 8:50:53 AM , Rating: 1
The free app a day is hurting honest developers.

RE: Too bad developers get the shaft.
By hemmy on 9/26/11, Rating: 0
By SilthDraeth on 9/28/2011 11:31:05 PM , Rating: 3
Reading comprehension fail. The dev didn't get 20%. Of course the rest of your point is valid. If the app dev agrees to the free condition, then it makes sense that neither gets payed. Amazon fronts the infrastructure to push the app out, and paying the dev $20k (at $1 an app) or in the case of the story, almost $60k for giving the app away, makes very little sense.

No! Free Amazon App a day is Not Yours!
By GortToday on 9/26/11, Rating: 0
By invidious on 9/26/2011 1:29:28 PM , Rating: 2
If developers are concerned with lost revinue they need to get Google to deal with side loading. Android is probably the easiest platform to pirate on, ever. Just consider high speed internet distribution and the built in system option to completely dissable software certificate verification. I expect IceCream Sandwich to at least attempt to deal with the issue.

Although I expect any attempts to control the platform to be circumvented by the user developement community even faster than is seen in the IOS community. The platform is just too simple, which is by design. You can't make an OS run as efficiently as possible on a resource starved platform without sacrificing security. Also the developement community is simply too devoted and too knowledgeable. There are too many people out there who care too much to sneak something simple by them.

There doesn't even seem to be room to punish rooters with courts acting to legitimize a user's rights to root / jailbreak their property. What are you going to do? Ban them from the App store that they dont use?

We may only see piracy security in the mobile realm once hardware catches up to a point where making devices with excessively powerful hardware for their normal use is as cheap as we see in the PC realm today. Even then the most they can hope for is making piracy inconvinient enough that only the enthusiast will be able to understand how to do it. They will then have to resign their target market to the remaining average users, which is where all the money is anyway.

In any event, Amazon is not the problem developers need to worry about. And I think they know that, otherwise they wouldn't be releasing their Apps on that marketplace.

By tate1293 on 9/27/2011 11:16:45 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure where you're getting this from, but I have downloaded over 100 of these free apps and use them all the time when I have no service.

A new class of APP
By omgwtf8888 on 9/28/2011 12:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
Originally there were only 2 versions of an app; paid, and free. But lately, (and i believe amazon's program has something to do with this) i have noticed that there are free apps, paid apps (like those from amazon) and premium apps. So you can get a free "paid" app, but if you want full function you have to buy the premium version.

So you really have to be a bit more wary that free paid app, may not be a free premium app.

RE: A new class of APP
By johnbuk on 9/30/2011 9:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
I was an early adopter of the Amazon Android Market and one of the main selling points when they announced it was that they would be offering a different free paid app every day (so I was surpised to see that anyone was still surprised by the free apps).
The Amazon free paid aps (at least the ones I've downloaded) all appear to be the regular paid apps with no restrictions (other than the same restrictions placed on the regular paid apps) and don't require any premium version to be purchased.

One little catch
By Horizon79 on 10/7/2011 2:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
If you uninstall the Amazon appstore, you'll lose all apps you downloaded through Amazon ... I hate locked-in phones and hence I didn't install Amazon's appstore.

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