We’re starting our coverage of the top emerging Android applications today. Broken into the top paid, free, and grossing charts, out lists will highlight emerging titles and developers. Sometimes, we will point out older applications if there is an update that led to a boost on the charts. Because there Android Market’s lists don’t distinguish between tablets and handsets, the top five highlights from all three lists will be noted in one go.
New Titles Within Top Android Paid Apps List
Beautiful Widgets — Starting off today’s list is a non-game app by the name of Beautiful Widgets. The $2.85 application allows users to incorporate a myriad of skins and themes on their Android device to display a variety of clocks and weather reports. An older app, it was last updated on August 2nd and is credited to French developer LevelUp Studio. LevelUp Studio is another independent developer that focuses on the Android platform and has done so since Android 1.5. Beautiful Widgets is currently ranked at #1 on the top paid Android apps list.
WeatherBug Elite — WeatherBug Elite hosts the #7 spot this week on the top paid Android apps list. Last updated July 19th with improved GPS and network-based location source accessibility, the title is primarily a compilation of weather stations from around the globe, providing live local weather, seven day forecasts, severe weather alerts, and interactive maps. Costing $1.99, the title has grown rapidly in recent days, but is now currently leveling off. It is credited to a company by the name of Earth Networks, a Maryland-based outfit centered around the study of our planet’s environment.
Robot Unicorn Attack — The top paid list gets a bit strange with the #10 application, a game by the name of Robot Unicorn Attack. The side scrolling game is a simple platformer in which players must steer a, well, robotic unicorn for as long as possible before crashing into an obstacle; all within an absurdly “magical” world of flying dolphins, rainbows, fairies, and purple mountains. The $0.99 title is courtesy of [adult swim] games, the game development arm of [adult swim], which is more mature segment of cartoon programming on Cartoon Network, a network from Turner Broadcasting, a TimeWarner company.
SwiftKey X (Phone) — SwiftKey X is a recently updated (July 22nd) title that acts as a digital keyboard for smartphones. Not only does it host cloud-based personalization, but it also makes “predictions” on what words the user is attempting to write. These can be selected just above the keyboard. As such, the predictions feature was expanded with the app’s last update to work on HTC and Samsung email clients as well as in Google Quick Search. SwiftKey X is created by TouchType Ltd., a moderately sized London-based technology company founded back in 2008. SwiftKey X costs $4.05.
Captain America: Sentinal of Liberty — Moving down to #14 is a game that was recently featured on the top iOS charts, Captain America: Sentinal of Liberty. Last updated on July 23rd, this $0.99 game is an official title from comic book company, Marvel Entertainment. In the game, players take control of the Captain himself and attempt to stop Red Skull, during World War II, from finishing the construction of his super weapons. An arcade-like, action beat’em up style of game, the rise of the title is partially due to the recent film release: Captain America: The First Avenger.
New Titles Within Top Android Free Apps List
Advanced Task Killer — Moving into the top free Android apps list, the first highlight of the day goes to Advanced Task Killer. Ranked #7, this July 22nd-updated application is, in short, and application that can close out apps and clean one’s memory. Developed by an enigmatic group by the name of ReChild, the title has been growing rapidly over the last few weeks, and is only now beginning to tapper off.
Skype — In at #8 is an app that recently found its way to the top of the iPad charts, Skype. This messaging system is well known for its ability to support Skype-to-Skype instant messages and calls, but this older Android version has seen a significant spike in downloads due to it’s August 4th update, which added video chat support for 17 additional Android devices. Created by a company of the same name, Skype was recently acquired by Microsoft, and monetizes its app through the sale of Skype Credit, which allows users to call landlines and mobiles.
Words With Friends Free — Words With Friends Free is a social word game that allows players to connect to one another and play in a Scrabble-like style of play. A free-to-play game, the title is developed by California-based social games developer Zynga, whose first quarter revenue was highlighted at $235.4 million (in total). The game is a bit dated, but has shown a great deal of growth due to a July 27th update that added in the ability to play Words With Friends with Facebook users.
Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers — As the name would suggest, Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers (this week’s #11 top free Android application) grants users with a means to access a multitude of free ringtones, sound effects, and wallpapers shared amongst its community. Last updated July 7th, the app is credited to developer Zedge, a company founded in Norway back in 2003 and whose mobile content discovery platform boasts an active userbase of over 40 million. Currently, the title is growing steadily.
Tiny Flashlight + LED — The last top free app today is a simple one, Tiny Flashlight + LED. Tiny Flashlight is nothing extravagant, but is still useful, turning a device’s camera LED into a veritable flashlight. What makes it most useful, however, is not the various types of lights and colors, but the fact that it supports a wide variety of different Android devices. In fact, the title has been growing very quickly in the past few weeks, as it was updated August 4th with expanded support for the Galaxy Tab 7 models and Samsung Exhibit 4G. Its development is credited to a single individual Nikolay Ananiev and is ranked at #14
New Titles Within Top Android Grossing Apps List
Live Holdem Poker Pro — The first highlighted top grossing Android app of the day goes to the #8 title, Live Holdem Poker Pro. As the name might suggest, this Android game is a synchronous poker app in which users compete against one another for virtual chips, create personalized avatars, chat, and even send virtual gifts. Free-to-play, the game is credited to Dragonplay, a social and mobile games developer whose only other Android title is Live BlackJack. Live Holdem Poker Pro was last updated August 8th with general game improvements and has been growing steadily for the past few days.
Inotia3: Children of Carnia — Com2uS is a Korean mobile and online games developer, founded back in 1998, and host to the #10 top grossing app, Inotia3: Children of Carnia. The app is a party-based role-playing game in which players take on the roles of Lucio and Amelia as they unleash a torrent of events when they participate in Carnia village’s coming of age ritual. Free-to-play, the title was just updated August 4th and has grown at a respectable rate over the last month.
Drag Racing — Next up is the July 27th-updated title of Drag Racing from Creative Mobile. The game is noted as a “realistic” racer hosting over 50 different types of cars and the ability to challenge other players. Another free-to-play game, this app, too, has been rising steadily over the last month. As for Creative Mobile itself, the company notes itself to having over six years of game development experience and has been developing on Android since its early days and hosts a fair number of Android apps (10) in its portfolio.
SPB Shell 3D — At $14.95, SPB Shell 3D comes in at #13 on the top grossing Android apps list. Updated August 4th, the title creates a unique user interface for Android devices and includes a 3D screen and widgets. Developed by SPB Software, a Russian mobile software developer over two decades old, the title has done decently in recent time. That said, after a recent spike in growth, the app has since declined to a more steady level.
Texas Poker — The free-to-play poker game of Texas Poker from Kama Games allows users to play the popular card game with users from around the world. While Kama Games is well-known on iOS, it is relatively new to Android. Last updated July 8th, the title has seen virtually nothing but growth in recent time. Regarding Kama Games itself, this Russian company out of Siberia also acquired the IP of games such as Mall Party and City Friends, and is also slated to launch titles on the new Mobage platform for Android.