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Warning - Just a screen saver that requires permissions, bombards you with ads, and begs for 5 star reviews. WASTE of the FAOTD!
on August 11, 2012
How can something like this over-glorified screensaver get so many five star reviews? Oh wait, I know - because it actually begs you to give it a five star rating!
Upon opening the application you are often presented with a random advertisement for a paid game, OR this line: "5 stars pretty please? =)". But don't fret if you don't see either; the RATE (yes, it's in all caps) button is also prominently displayed on your screen while the app runs!
The developers should be ashamed of themselves for selling this ad-infested screensaver for $.99 cents. Things like this have been available on the PC for years (free of charge), and my phone came with a few that actually look better (and have more options) than this joke.
Seriously, the only thing that you get here is rain falling and splashing against your screen while clouds roll by. You have control over the cloud speed, rain intensity and droplet size. That's it - that's the ONLY input you have in this application. You can also set the amount of time this thing runs for... Yeah...
Now I realize that this is supposed to be an interactive white noise application but the actual sound of the "rain" seems like it was poorly recorded during someone's shower, and has frequent issues on top of that!
For some reason this screensaver also requires the following permissions: read only access to phone state, open network sockets, and access information about networks.
While the read only access to the phone state is not a big deal, the other two are as they allow for some serious data mining. I honestly see no reason for this app to have the latter two permissions, or any permissions for that matter.
If you are looking for an Android screensaver (or white noise app), just download one for free. There are plenty of them on the marketplace - and even the free ones will most likely require less permissions, have less ads, give you more options, AND sound better. I can't in my right mind recommend this spyware atrocity for the $.99 cents that Pixel Delight Studios wants to charge for it. It also saddens me that the current top helpful reviews are held by people with only one review under their belt (for this Rain App), while rating this horrid monstrosity as a five star application.
This is the absolute worst "A Great Paid App for Free" selection that Amazon has had on for the past few weeks. Unless you really want a rain screensaver with poor sound (that sometimes actually gets distorted), data mining, and ads - go get something else.
Side note: I know I will most likely get downvoted into oblivion (it's obvious the dev's have a lot of dummy voting accounts), but I feel it's my duty to inform you of how terrible and pointless the "Rain App" is. If my reviewer rank has to suffer for it, so be it.