Free App Of The Week In Google Play

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Google is taking a page out of Amazon’s playbook and offering a free app selection on the Google Play Store. While Amazon’s free app changes daily, it appears Google’s will be a weekly offering.


The Family Section now appears on mobile devices.

Earlier this week we wrote about the new Family Apps section, and it seems Google has done some back end updating to make this section visible on mobile devices.

Yesterday, a banner popped up in the new Family Apps section of the Google Play Store, announcing a Free App of the Week sponsored by PBS Kids. It is not clear at this point if this is going to be a weekly thing, or if it’s a one-time deal with a sponsor to help promote the new Family section of the Play Store.

Obviously it’s not the first time Google has given away apps for free. We’ve seen free and greatly reduced prices before, usually in conjunction with some kind of Play Store Birthday Celebration. It’s not clear if this will be a regular weekly thing going forward, or if it’s just to help promote the new section.

It is important to note that in order to get the app at the discounted promo price, you have to tap through to the Family section from the front page.

Once in the Family section, you have to tap the promotional banner to show the app with the “free” price. Searching for the app by name will bring the app up at regular price of $2.99 – as can be seen in the screenshots below.


Tapping through the Promotional Banner brings the app up for free while searching for the app by name brings it up at regular price.

It would be fun to see Google expand this to all of the different sections of the Play Store. Most of our readers won’t be rushing to download this app – even my kids have outgrown those types of apps. However, this should make for some excited kids.

How about you? Would you be excited to see a new app for free in the different sections of the Play Store? Let us know in the comments!

  Source: Play Store Family Sections
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