Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Graffiti Pro for Android.
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Graffiti Pro for Android is priced at $2.99 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Graffiti Pro for Android is described as follows:
Do you find on-screen keyboards annoying and hard to use? Graffiti Pro for Android is an easy-to-learn, stroke-based handwriting recognition system that replaces the on-screen keyboard (also called an input method). Graffiti Pro for Android includes word suggestion, auto-capitalization at sentence start, word learning, and error correction. Graffiti supports Japanese and English input.
If you’ve got clumsy thumbs and stumble around the keyboard, then you’ll be glad to know that with Graffiti, there’s no need to type–you simply draw characters on the screen with your finger or a compatible stylus. Graffiti characters are mostly single-stroke drawings that closely match the usual alphabet but are simplified to make entry faster and easier.
Just to Be Clear
The app offers text and numeric screen areas, improving the recognition of your input. Strokes drawn in the text area will only be interpreted as letters; strokes in the numeric area will be translated into numbers. If you’ve ever used a PalmOS-based PDA, this method will be very familiar to you.
Graffiti Pro for Android has a 4.1-star rating in the Android Market, and a 3.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
If you’re thinking that the Graffiti name, and even the functionality sounds familiar, you’d be right. Graffiti was the name of the same gesture-based text input system in PalmOS.
And ACCESS, the company behind this app, is the company that acquired PalmSource, and thus PalmOS (later renamed to Garnet OS) following Palm’s purchase of the Palm trademark.
Truly nostalgic, for those who used a PalmOS device before, but really, there are better alternatives now, such as Swype and its many copycats. There is also a free, ad-supported version.
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.