Here at Android Police, we can't get enough good deals on apps. It's just in our DNA. And sometimes, our deal-seeking genetics tell us to do things we may have some reservations about. Like recommending free apps on the Amazon Appstore - which has its pros and cons. Today was one of the days where we couldn't help ourselves.

Amazon currently has a promo going on called "Free App of the Day Greatest Hits," in which many of the most popular free apps of the day are on sale for the low, low price of - you guessed it - zilch. There's some great stuff, too - like Splashtop Remote Desktop, OfficeSuite Pro 6, TuneIn Radio Pro, and Radiant HD.


Anyway, here's the link to the promo, which ends tonight (12/26) at midnight - it is, after all, the free app of the day promotion. Downloading some of these apps just for the heck of it and then removing them later is worth it, too - a fair number have a free $1 Amazon MP3 gift card included with "purchase." Amazon also has deals on a few other apps and games, which you're free to check out.

· Holiday favorites like How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for $0.99  through 12/31

· Gaming apps including The Amazing Spiderman, The Dark Knight Rises, The Adventures of TinTin (Kindle Tablet Edition), Bejeweled 2, and Need for Speed Most Wanted each available for $0.99

· Educational and Kids apps such as Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Green Eggs and Ham, Team Umizoomi Math: Zoom into Numbers (Kindle Tablet Edition), Spongebob Marbles and Slides (Kindle Tablet Edition), and The Lorax each for $0.99 through 12/31

· $0.79 apps including SpongeBob Tickler and Oscura

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    not worth having the amazon app store installed for these apps.

    just say'n

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I tend to agree, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't just download it right now to get $6 worth of Amazon MP3 credit, if not the apps themselves.

      • http://twitter.com/seanlongoria Sean Longoria

        How do we get the MP3 credits aside from downloading the apps? Is it automatic?

        • Simon Belmont

          From what I remember. Amazon will email you and let you know when you have the credits.

          It may take a couple days to process. That has been my experience with free MP3 credits from Amazon.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jsheinz Jeff Schultz

      What is wrong with the Amazon App Store? A FREE app every day...worth it as far as I am concerned.

      There is a great little app to notify of each day's deals too https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skylark95.amazonfreenotify

      • wolfkabal

        The way Amazon treat the developers during those promotions is abysmal. The developer gets no say as to whether their app gets enrolled in the program. So some small time devs end up giving their app away for free making no money. One example is here: http://blog.shiftyjelly.com/2011/08/02/amazon-app-store-rotten-to-the-core/

        • RajivSK

          Very nice article, good read

        • PhoenixPath

          They get no say? How about when they put their app on Amazon? Are you saying they are unaware of the promotion entirely? That's a tad disingenuous...

          Presence on the App Store requires the dev agree to certain terms...one of which is the possibility of free promotion on the FAOTD series.

          There's lots of negativity slanted in that article...but nothing that really points to the dev losing anything. In fact, even according to the article; Amazon gets nothing out of it and the dev gets 14 days of free promotion for what could amount to, for all intents and purposes, nothing.

          (Saying they are losing possible revenue is nothing more than a guess, and a pretty bad one at that considering the dev likely had zero visibility prior to the promotion: 20% of nothing...is nothing.)

          • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

            Their point wasn't that they lost possible revenue (did they even say it in the post?). The point was Amazon's shady bait and switch. Still they accepted, but Amazon also sweet-talked them with exaggerations.

            And they did lose time and money with all the unexpected support requests and extra servers they had to get for the overwhelming number of new free users.

          • PhoenixPath

            "bait and switch"

            citation needed. Bait and Switch, last I checked, was illegal.

            "Amazon also sweet-talked them with exaggerations."

            Sounds like a salesman to me. Name a salesman that doesn't talk their product/services up. Heck, you yourself are exaggerating right now! (See next quote)

            "And they did lose time and money with all the unexpected support requests and extra servers they had to get for the overwhelming number of new free users."

            Citation needed, but....they would have had to do all of that anyway if they ever expected their app to be, oh, I don't know...used?

            Look, I am no fan of Amazon's App store, but criticizing them over standard practice (sales pitches and Terms and Conditions) is a bit of a stretch. There is plenty to complain about regarding the App Store that doesn't require so much dramatics.

          • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

            "Citation needed"? Did you read the link? There was no reasonable expectation that what happened would happen. Amazon told everyone publicly that they would pay 20%, and then privately, and just before doing the deal, told them it was zero, but it was OK, cause they were getting a sweet deal. Oh, and don't talk about this with anyone else.

            That many others do it doesn't make a dishonest act suddenly honest. I don't know why it's so hard to see that, for all the people who always make this argument.

          • PhoenixPath

            I read the link. The math really isn't that hard.

            I'll make it simple:

            We'll give you 20% of revenue on each sale.

            Sale price: 0.00

            20% of 0.00 is???

            (I know you can do this...)

            Where's the dishonesty?

            if you, or anyone else, had a solid case for bait and switch, guess what? It'd be in court.

            Now, I know you're going to continue to parade this as some horrible thing for developers, because you seem to have your heart set on it, but you can stop trying to convince me. I can add.

          • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

            OK, so the problem is with your reading comprehension then. Good to know.

          • PhoenixPath

            Riiight. Insults. Beautiful. By all means, don't actually point out where, in their terms and conditions where they "publicly claim" 20% of dev's price on FAOTD. Nope. Don't go there. Just point back at the article (which doesn't even provide that important little link) and say it is so.

            Ignore completely that such an act would be illegal at best and a serious breach of contract at worst. Ignore that not a single app developer has publicly filed for breach against this, and that not a single case has been brought against Amazon in regards to this...

            No...don't go there at all.

            We'll just go by some pissed off wonk's say-so. Because you are Hell-bent on making-believe that Amazon is some horrible bad guy.

            Yeah...must be my reading comprehension. Have at it. I'm done administering medicine to the dead. (No, I won't bother explaining that reference)

    • leoingle

      You said exactly what I was gonna say. I had to have it for Tune In pro and Business calendar and I finally bought them off off Google cuz I got tired of all the games on Amazon.

    • xdsdfsdf

      And you need to disable your handset security options.

      Amazon should be ashamed of themselves for helping malware in such a way.

  • Jamie

    Majority free also on the UK store - but not ALL of the US promotion!

  • http://twitter.com/maxmag981 Magno

    Too bad, Don`t Work for people in Brazil...

  • Harmen Molenaar

    Can't "buy" a free app because im not an american. Bye buy amazon!

  • John doe

    I really think it would be great if Android Police can put a bit of caution on how much these Amazon "Free" apps may hurt the developers. I know everyone wants free things, but this is barely a step above pirating if at all. At least pirates don't pretend to have the developer's consent.

    • xriderx66

      I'm sure Amazon pays the developers before making the apps "free for the day"

    • Himmat Singh

      That's a pretty ignorant thing to say. On iOS, lots of paid games go free for 24 hours and ultimately after the free offer is over the devs get much more returns. Of course, this is not always true, but in most cases it is. Helps the devs a lot by word of mouth.

    • PhoenixPath


      I love this.

      When FAOTD "hurts" devs, it's taking away revenue they would have had for that day (Piracy!)...but when it's Piracy!, well..no-one would have bought it anyway, so nothing was actually taken away.

      Nifty double-standard there, innit?

      FYI: Amazon gets nothing: Dev gets free promotion (for 14 days). Yep...that's pretty one-sided alright.

      FWIW: Before you go in all hot-headed and start calling me a shill or some such:

      I do not like the Amazon App store; but for far more realistic, less dramatic reasons: The apps are generally slow to receive updates, if they get them at all, and the app itself is clunky/prone to misbehavior. Not that getting these fixed would even get me to use it...I prefer the "one OS/one store" model, so I'd stick with Google's Play Store regardless.

  • xriderx66

    Can I just go there, install the app i want, then uninstall amazon??

    • leoingle

      No, it authenticates the apps through the amazon app store app.

  • IL

    Also not available in Russia:
    "We are sorry...
    We could not process your order because of geographical restrictions on the product which you were attempting to purchase. Please refer to the terms of use for this product to determine the geographical restrictions.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you."

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristi.istrate Cristi Istrate

    Not available in Romania

  • Jon E

    Not for me either - Amazon, I don't shop with tax evaders when I can avoid it. And that app store is rubbish anyway. I pity anyone that bought Kindles, only thing worse is apple....

  • http://twitter.com/lemireserge Serge Lemire

    Amazon? I flushed Amazon from my life. Never been able to buy anything from there because I live in Canada. It's why I buy directly from China. Bye Bye American Economy! P.S: In a certain way I am happy Amazon did'nt want my money. Capitalism is like a dragon eating his own tail...and the Dragon is Chinese. Is'nt was the Dragon's Year?

  • LAmDroid

    So did anyone get their mp3 credit? I never got my email for the credit. I had to hassle Amazon CSR for the few dollars of credit. Took more effort than expected.