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Circle Launcher is the Amazon.com App Store for Android's free app du jour.  (Source: Amazon.com)
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 Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com'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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RE: Too bad developers get the shaft.
By hemmy on 9/26/2011 9:15:31 AM , Rating: 0
Dumb argument is dumb. Its just like one of the piracy arguments. Those 101 thousand people more than likely weren't going to buy that app anyway, so the fact that the developers got 20% they should be grateful for amazon, because they never would have achieved that number without them.

I have yet to pay for an Android app, I just get the free versions unless Amazon has the full version for free.


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.


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