Emerging free iOS apps: Draw Something, Khan Academy and Gardens of Time

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By Kathleen De Vere Comment

This week Inside Mobile Apps is pleased to announce we are changing the way that we track the movement of iOS apps as they rise and fall on the free, paid and top grossing charts. From now on, our charts will be put together using AppData, Inside Network’s traffic tracking service for iOS and Facebook applications. Instead of highlighting just five iPhone and five iPad apps, we will now show the rankings of the top 25 iPhone and top 25 iPad apps.

This move not only brings Inside Mobile Apps in line with our sister blogs, Inside Facebook and Inside Social Games, it means our iOS charts will now show a much more comprehensive view of the App Store’s rankings, as well as show recent movement up and down the chart.

This week, OMGPOP’s free version of Draw Something continues its hold on the No. 1 spots on both the iPhone and iPad charts. Lower down the iPhone charts, Disney Playdom’s new iPhone version of its hit game Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time continues to perform strongly since becoming a universal app available on both iPhone and iPad.

On the iPad, the week’s most impressive debut belongs to the non-profit Khan Academy, and its new app, Khan Academy – Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. The app is as it says, a free app that includes detailed lessons on subjects ranging from trigonometry to cosmology to the economics behind the Paulson Bailout. The Khan Academy is funded largely by Google and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The week’s fastest rising iPad app was Alarm Clock HD Free by the Alarm Clock Company.

This week’s top free iPhone Apps

Name Rank Change
1. Draw Something Free   Draw Something Free 1 =
2. Pocket Whip   Pocket Whip 2 =
3. Plumber Crack   Plumber Crack 3 =
4. ESPN Bracket Bound 2012   ESPN Bracket Bound 2012 4 ▲2
5. Camera Awesome   Camera Awesome 5 ▼1
6. Doodle Truck   Doodle Truck 6 ▼1
7. Flashlight Ⓞ   Flashlight Ⓞ 7 =
8. Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time   Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time 8 ▲1
9. Cross Fingers   Cross Fingers 9 ▲1
10. Temple Run   Temple Run 10 ▼2
11. Instagram   Instagram 11 ▲1
12. Castle Age HD   Castle Age HD 12 ▼1
13. NCAA® March Madness Live   NCAA® March Madness Live 13 =
14. USA TODAY for iPhone   USA TODAY for iPhone 14 ▲1
15. OLD BOOTH MAGIC - AGING FACE   OLD BOOTH MAGIC – AGING FACE 15 ▼1
16. Scramble With Friends Free   Scramble With Friends Free 16 ▲1
17. Pinterest   Pinterest 17 ▲2
18. Jetpack Joyride   Jetpack Joyride 18 =
19. Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT   Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT 19 ▲1
20. ICEE Store!   ICEE Store! 20 ▼4
21. Bejeweled Blitz   Bejeweled Blitz 21 =
22. Plants War   Plants War 22 ▲2
23. Fast Camera   Fast Camera 23 =
24. Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage Lite   Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage Lite 24 ▼2
25. Fancy Pants Lite   Fancy Pants Lite 25 =

This week’s top free iPad apps

Name Rank Change
1. Draw Something Free   Draw Something Free 1 =
2. Khan Academy - Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free.   Khan Academy – Watch. Practice… 2 ▲8
3. NCAA® March Madness Live   NCAA® March Madness Live 3 ▼1
4. Plumber Crack   Plumber Crack 4 ▼1
5. Temple Run   Temple Run 5 =
6. Lowe's Creative Ideas Magazine   Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine 6 ▼2
7. Skee-Ball HD Free!   Skee-Ball HD Free! 7 =
8. Skype for iPad   Skype for iPad 8 ▼2
9. Office Jerk for iPad   Office Jerk for iPad 9 ▼1
10. The Weather Channel® for iPad   The Weather Channel® for iPad 10 ▲1
11. iBooks   iBooks 11 ▼2
12. Netflix   Netflix 12 ▲1
13. ICEE Store!   ICEE Store! 13 ▼1
14. Mahjong!!   Mahjong!! 14 ▲3
15. Kindle – Read Books, Magazines & More – Over 1 Million eBooks & Newspapers   Kindle – Read Books, Magazines & More 15 ▲3
16. Words With Friends HD Free   Words With Friends HD Free 16 ▼2
17. Angry Birds HD Free   Angry Birds HD Free 17 ▼2
18. Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time   Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time 18 ▲1
19. Calculator Pro for iPad Free   Calculator Pro for iPad Free 19 ▲8
20. Amelia Earhart: Unsolved Mystery Club HD   Amelia Earhart: Unsolved Mystery Club  20 ▼4
21. Alarm Clock HD - Free   Alarm Clock HD – Free 21 ▲14
22. ABC Family   ABC Family 22 ▲12
23. AP Mobile   AP Mobile 23 ▼1
24. Microsoft OneNote for iPad   Microsoft OneNote for iPad 24 ▼4
25. Fruit Ninja HD Lite   Fruit Ninja HD Lite 25 ▼4
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