Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is ChannelCaster Pro: Social News.
ChannelCaster: Social News (not Pro) is free, but in ad-supported form, in the Android Market. It is normally priced at $4.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we’ve noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two marketplaces.
ChannelCaster Pro: Social News is described as follows:
ChannelCaster Pro: Social News is an app that lets you access a limitless world of online content with a social twist. Discover and enjoy intriguing news, gossip, celebrity photos, viral videos, and more from thousands of sources with ChannelCaster Pro for Android.
Explore and Create
This app lets you curate, mash, and share dynamically updated channels based on your areas of interest. You can also browse preloaded programming and public channels that have been created by other Casters. The result is a rich media experience far superior to plain news readers.
Access and curate a variety of content, including words, pictures, tweets, video, and audio in one convenient mobile experience. Draw on content from sources such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, news websites, blogs, and more. You can define a topic, then aggregate and publish related content into channels to amuse, educate, thrill, disturb, or inspire yourself and others.
Who Do You Love?
If you are a big fan of actress Reese Witherspoon, for example, you can create a channel dedicated just to her. Just pull together any relevant online material you want, from her Facebook page to her Twitter feed to online articles and videos and so much more. Anyone on ChannelCaster can then check out your channel and enjoy what you’ve created.
ChannelCaster Pro–Discover. Mash. Share.
ChannelCaster Pro: Social News has a 4.3-star rating in the Android Market and a 4.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
There is at least a little confusion over the fact that ChannelCaster is free in the Android Market. Just to be clear, that version is ad-supported; this one is ad-free.
It’s the same sort of confusion that happened yesterday, with Slice It! Admittedly, the app’s description could have been clearer.
The developer is the same one that created TweetCaster for Twitter, a popular app for Twitter fans.
Those who are considering “buying” a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.
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.