Google Is Giving Away a Free Android App Every Week
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Apple has been offering a “Free App of the Week” for several years, giving away hundreds of apps during that time. Now, Google is following suit, with its own “Free App of the Week” for Android users. Google hasn’t formally announced this new offering, but it’s definitely a thing.

There are countless free apps available on Google Play. Some are not even worth their $FREE price tag, while others easily justify being paid apps. What’s better than a free Android app? A paid Android app that’s free for a limited time as Google’s new “Free App of the Week,” of course.

Get a Paid App Free for a Limited Time

Google’s “Free App of the Week” is a new section on Google Play promoting a paid app which is free for a limited time. The “Free App of the Week” is located on the Apps page of the Play Store, but you can also reach it directly using this link. That is if you’re in the United States.

According to VentureBeat, Ultimate Guitar Tabs & Chords was given away free last week, but has now reverted to its usual price of $2.99. This week, Card Wars — Adventure Time is being given away for free, but should revert back to its usual price of $2.99 at the end of this week.

Google has actually run a “Free App of the Week” promotion previously in 2015. However, for whatever reason, that effort didn’t last long. This new attempt at mimicking Apple should hopefully survive a little longer, but don’t blame us if the link suddenly stops working.

Everyone’s a Winner, Except Possibly Apple

This is a smart play on Google’s part. Android users get a free app every week, developers get enviable promotion on the Play Store, and Google gets to up the number of downloads. OK, so Apple did this first, but the best ideas are worth copying, as Apple itself knows all too well.

Do you own an Android? Do you regularly scour Google Play for apps? Do you only download free apps or do you sometimes purchase paid apps? Are you likely to download Google’s “Free App of the Week” regardless of the app? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Bruno
    March 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    A K.A. trial

  2. Bruno
    March 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    A.K.A trial...

    • Raphael Alexander
      March 31, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Nope, you still have the app if you downloaded it before it stopped being free.

  3. Raphael Alexander
    March 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    A couple days ago I was searching through the store and found that True Skate is also free for a limited time, but it's never been listed in the free app of the weeks section.

  4. Dean Pugh
    March 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Seems like this is only available to U.S. users at the moment. Shame.

  5. Rudi Pittman
    March 27, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    So by free app of the day they actually mean free GAME of the day.

    • Raphael Alexander
      March 27, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      No, it's a free app or game for each WEEK.

  6. Phil N
    March 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    What's all this talk of apple? Amazon has been doing free app of the day for ages. Long before apple copied it (poorly copied as usual).

    • Doc
      March 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Amazon canceled its "free app of the day" when they came out with Amazon Underground ("actually free" apps, which have free in-app purchases). That didn't keep me from collecting 600+ free apps before it ended...which are still free for me...although there were only 2 that I ended up keeping on my devices.

      • Phil N
        March 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        I've never had IAPs on my "actually free" apps.

        • Doc
          March 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

          That's the point of the "Amazon Underground" apps - if they were on Google Play, they might have in-app purchases; on Amazon Underground, those are free.