Today’s Google Play surprise: The Polar Express for $2.99

by: Kristofer WoukDecember 22, 2012


A lot of our readers haven’t exactly been thrilled with the surprises that Google Play is rolling out to celebrate the new year, and we can’t exactly blame them.

Yesterday, the surprise was the app version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. At least developer Oceanhouse Media went the extra mile to put all of its other Dr. Seuss apps on sale as well. Still it’s not the $0.25 apps that a lot of folks wish it was.

Today’s deal is the Caldecott Award-winning picture book The Polar Express, discounted to $2.99 from its normally hefty price of $18.95. There’s no denying that this is a substantial discount, but given some of the other sales that big names like Square Enix are offering themselves, it seems like these may not be the deals that most users want.

If you do like today’s deal, and want to pick The Polar Express up while it’s still discounted, hit the Google Play link in the sources section below.

What do you think? Does it warm your heart to see the discount on The Polar Express? Or would you rather see deals like those we saw this time last year?

  • AndroidBrian

    Christmas surprises are pretty lame.

  • Ian Morrison

    Worst. Christmas. Ever.

    Anyone would think we’d been naughty.

  • Ian Morrison

    Why don’t android authority link to the page you’re talking about? It’s very frustrating.

    • strider_mt2k

      Because then they wouldn’t artificially boost their click numbers to appease their advertisers.

  • strider_mt2k

    It’s almost like Google went to Amazon and said “Tell us how can we disappoint folks with free app offerings at the same level that YOU do it?”

  • Ed Baker

    I haven’t looked at Amazon free apps in a long time since they are the normal free apps that you need in app purchases or are just pure crap. Now Google is following suit. Why would I want the book, Disney Channel is running the movie almost daily as their Christmas special. Google is not running any free gift to anyone. It is all promotion and sales in the developers favor. The same as their daily featured apps, books or songs. The marketing department failed on this holiday surprise, unless their surprise was to get me to cuss at them daily!
    I hope the same people aren’t in charge of the Santa application or else we will have to pay once it starts tracking tonight!