Amazing Alex, Airport City and more on this week’s Android app charts

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By Emanuel Maiberg Comment

The top of the Android charts were once again dominated by apps we’ve seen in previous weeks, namely DeNA’s card-battle game Rage of Bahamut, which refuses to budge from the No. 1 spot in the list of top grossing chart. However, Rovio’s Amazing Alex made a respectable debut at the No. 11 spot in top paid chart, and we anticipate that it will continue to perform well in the coming weeks.

This week’s top grossing Android apps

Airport City – We start off this week’s roundup of top grossing Android apps at the No. 8 spot with Top Developer Game Insight International’s Airpot City. Airport City is a free to play game in which players try their hand as air traffic controllers, build their own airports and even the cities to support them. The game was last updated on June 29 with more prizes for players to collect and minor technical improvements. Airport City was installed more than one million times.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition – Coming in at the No. 15 spot is Mojang’s Minecraft – Pocket Edition, the mobile version of the hit indie game where players explore, mine, and build almost whatever they can imagine. The game is priced at $6.99.

Comics – Comixology’s Comics app comes in at the No. 17 spot. The app is the only comics store and reader on Android devices with both Marvel Comics and DC Comics available to purchase along with smaller publishers like Dark Horse, Image, and Red 5. Other publishers include Image, IDW, Archie and more. The app has not been updated since April 30, but it was installed more that one million times and continues to perform well. Comics’ digital library offers more than 20,000 comics, 600 of which users can download for free. The app is only 3.7M, and requires Android 2.1 and up.

The Sims FreePlay – Coming in at the No. 27 spot is EA’s The Sims FreePlay. This Editor’s Choice game offers players a complete mobile Sims experience for free. The game was last updated on June 26 with new items and locations.

Ice Age Village – Finally, way down at the No. 46 spot is Gameloft’s Ice Age Village, the official app of the popular animated movie series. In the game, players can immerse themselves in the world of Ice Age, build their own distinctive village, share it with friends and play mini games featuring their favorite characters from the movie. The game was last updated on July 4 with more content and social features. Ice Age Village has been installed more than five million times.

This week’s top free Android apps

Facebook for Android – Our first top free Android app of the week is Facebook for Android which takes the No. 2 spot. The app lets users keep up with their friends, share photos and send messages. Facebook for Android has been installed more than 100,000 million times.

Google Play Books – Coming in at the No. 9 spot is Google’s own Google Play Books, an app which allows users to choose from millions of titles and read their favorite authors on the go. The app offers New York Times best sellers, up-and-coming authors and free books. Users can also personalize their reading experience and pick up where they left off on their Android tablet or phone. Google Play Books was last updated on June 27 with new features and bug fixes. It has been installed more than 50 million times since it was released.

Twitter – The official Twitter app comes in at the No. 13 spot. Twitter for Android allows users to tweet, find and follow other users on the go. The app was last updated on July 10 with tappable avatars, push notifications and many other tweaks.

WhatsApp Messenger – Taking the No. 23 spot this week is WhatsApp Messenger, the app which allows users to save money by sending messages via 3G or wifi as opposed to SMS. The app was last updated on July 2 with two critical bug fixes related to back button issues and two finger scrolling on Sony Ericsson devices. WhatsApp has been installed at least 50 million times since it was first released. It’s free for the first year but costs $0.99 for every following year.

Slacker Radio – Our last pick for top free Android apps of the week is Slacker Radio which comes in at the No. 26 spot. Slacker Radio is a free customizable radio app with over 100 genre stations.

This week’s top paid Android apps

Amazing Alex – We start off this week’s roundup of top paid Android apps with Rovio’s Amazing Alex which makes its debut at the No. 11 spot. Amazing Alex is Rovio’s first non-Angry Birds property since it took the world by storm and became the most successful mobile game of all time. In Amazing Alex, players help Alex solve physics-based puzzled by constructing Rube Goldberg-like machines. So far the game has not preformed as well on Android as it has on iOS, but that’s likely because of the slower to update algorithm Google uses to determine its charts. The app is priced at $0.99.

SoundHound – Coming in at the No. 16 spot is SoundHound, an app similar to Shazam that helps users identify songs. The app was last updated on June 15, is an Editor’s Choice and is currently priced at $4.99.

WeatherBug Elite – Earth Network’s WeatherBug Elite takes the No. 20 spot this week. The app allows users to get the latest current conditions, forecasts, radar animation and more. The app was last updated on July 12 with general stability enhancements and the WeatherBuzz feature which allows users to share weather alerts on Facebook. The app is currently priced at $1.99.

Taptalk Forum App – At the No. 29 spot is Quoord Systems’ Taptalk Forum App, a fully functional forum app endorsed by over 35,000 forums worldwide. The app was last updated on July 13 with significant perfomance improvements and is priced at $2.99.

World of Goo – We finish this week’s roundup of the top paid Android apps with 2D Boy’s World of Goo, a critically acclaimed game originally released on PC in which players solve puzzles by constructing bridge, towers, and other constructions out of adorable little goo balls. The game was last updated back in December 2011, and it has been installed more than 100,000 times. The game is also an Editor’s Choice and it’s currently priced at $4.99.