Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Application Folder Pro.
Application Folder Pro is priced at $1.48 in the Android Market. Meanwhile, it is normally priced at $1.50 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Application Folder Pro is described as follows:
Serious Widgets and Folders for the Serious Android User
Do you have bookmarks, shortcuts, contacts and apps that you use all the time, but they’re scattered here, there, and everywhere on your smartphone? How much time do you waste navigating to the things you need? Don’t you wish you could just put them all in a folder or two, easily accessible on your home screen?
Application Folder helps make folders accessible from your home screen using instantly recognizable icons. Set up and customize folders, stuff them full of apps, bookmarks, and contacts, and place them as widgets anywhere on your home screen. Now those frequently used apps, bookmarks, and contacts are right there for you to access immediately.
The King of Folders
Let’s say you want to be able to e-mail certain contacts quickly. First, access Application Folder through your Widgets menu. Next, create a folder and long-press the standard icon and replace with the e-mail symbol, or any of Application Folder’s dozens of attractive icons, such as an airplane, bus, movie reel, pen, paint pallet, etc. Now choose the contacts you want to be in this new folder. Select Menu, then select Apply and exit, and that folder-widget is now on your screen. Tapping on the widget will bring up your chosen contacts that you can now use to e-mail with one tap. You can set these contacts up to be phoned or texted with one tap as well.
We Want Widgets
Create a folder-widget for family e-mails. Create another folder-widget for your favorite games. With Application Folder, there’s no more hunting down a function or link through various menu trees. The app, contact, bookmark, or song you want to access immediately is right there on your home screen. You can also customize the size of the widget.
Please note that Application Folder must be launched from the Widgets menu. After you launch the widget, Application Folder scans and organizes your applications, contacts, and bookmarks. Application Folder’s main menu is also accessible from any of the widgets you’ve set up.
- Choose custom icons to adorn your folders–anyway you like
- Choose from four types of folder shapes and choose opening animations
- Organize bookmarks, contacts, and shortcuts, as well as applications, the way you want, sorted the way you like
Application Folder Pro has a 5.0-star rating in the Android Market and a 4.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
However, that Pro rating consists of only seven reviews, so we looked at Application Folder, the free version in the Android Market, with over 550 ratings, and there it still had a 4.5-star rating.
We’ve been using another folder app, Folder Organizer, for quite some time (priced at about the same price, and previously also free at the Amazon Appstore), and this is pretty similar to it, and both are superior to native folder support in Android.
One complaint seen in the ratings of Application Folder is that the folders need to be set up after every update. This isn’t something we’ve seen with Folder Organizer.
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.