Amazon Appstore Free App Widget

What?

Having created a bunch of Kindle and MP3 Widgets, I had a request for an Appstore “Free App Of The Day” widget, and I’ve finally got around to sorting that out. Given that the Appstore is only available in the US, it’s only of interest to folks there, and I’ll admit that that’s part of the reason I’ve taken so long to get to it (being in the UK here, and being slightly jealous of all the freebies 😉 )

Where?

Available now on the Android Market here.

Does It Work With ICS? I Can’t Find It In The Widgets List…

In the newest version of Android (known variously as Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS), there is a known problem which stops some widgets from showing up in the list after installation. I realise it’s not the most professional advice, but rebooting your device after install generally resolves this. There’s more details on the official Google bug tracker.

FAQs

It gets stuck on “Loading…” – What’s going on?

There are a few causes for this one, and if I’m honest, I thought I caught them all. Clearly not. In the short term, remove the widget and re-add it, and all should be well. I’d appreciate it if you let me know you’ve seen it.

How often does it update? Is it going to eat stacks of data allowance?

It should update just once a day,  around 01:30 PST. Each update only downloads ~170 bytes of text and a very small image for each widget, so it’s a pretty negligible quantity of data.

Version History

1.4.2 – Fixed problem with update scheduling. We could skip a days update if we weren’t careful.

1.4.1 – Regeneration of the APK – Some problem resulted in a lot of class not found errors

1.4 – Initial release. I realise that’s a silly version number, but it keeps it in step with the Kindle Widgets 🙂