Quick Note: Amazon Gives Away One-Paid Android App Per Day For Free
September 24, 2011 7:50 PM
Circle Launcher is the Amazon.com App Store for Android's free app du jour.
There's a minor catch, but you can't beat free android apps
I have one of
the original EVO 4G phones
HTC Corp. (
) on the
Sprint Nextel Corp. (
) network. Having come from
a BlackBerry Storm
on Verizon Communication,
) (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
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 (
) 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
) 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
, 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. (
) trying (
somewhat unsuccessfully thus far
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!
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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