Emerging popular Android Apps: Frontline Commando, Candy Miner and ZombieSmash

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By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Games dominated the top grossing, free and paid Android app charts this week, with DeNA’s Mobage title Rage of Bahamut taking the No. 1 spot for the fifth week in a row. Interestingly, very few independent developers were able to crack the top grossing Android app charts this week, but bigger names like TeamLava, Glu Mobile, Zynga and Game Insight all had a successful time, landing multiple apps in the top 50.

This week’s top grossing Android Apps

Rage of Bahamut - DeNA’s card battle app Rage of Bahamut is still lodged firmly in the No. 1 spot on the Android top grossing app charts, the fifth week in a row we’ve reported it holding this position. The app is also starting to do well on iOS, where its climbed to the No. 62 spot on the top grossing app chart, according to our traffic tracking service AppData.

Crime City – DeNA rival GREE gets an unofficial top 10 finish this week as well. Funzio’s Crime City hits No. 8 on the top grossing Android chart this week. The company was bought by GREE at the beginning of the month for $210 million.

Frontline Commando – Glu Mobile appears to be on an Android winning streak. It’s game Frontline Commando is this week’s No. 21 top grossing Android app. The game was updated on May 24 to add Glu’s brand-new in-game currency subscription service.  Glu’s games Deer Hunter: Reloaded and Stardom: The A List were also in the top 25 of the top grossing Android apps this week.

Tap Dragon Park – Pocket Gem’s latest game, the Android-only Tap Dragon Park hits No. 33 on our top grossing apps list. The game has been installed more than 500,000 times since its release on May 9.

Football Manager Handheld 2012 – Sega slides into the No. 46 spot on the top grossing Android app charts with a paid title, the $9.99 game Football Manager Handheld 2012. An older app, the detailed sim game has already been downloaded more than 10,000 times and was last updated on May 2.

This week’s top free Android apps

Instagram – The now Facebook-owned Instagram continues to be a big hit on Android. Still the No. 12 most downloaded free app, the app was last updated on May 14.

Logo Quiz – Independent developer J-roen slides down to the No. 22 spot this week with its popular free app Logo Quiz. The game challenges users to identify brands based on their logos and has already been installed more than 1 million times.

Google+ – Google’s official Google+ app is this week’s No. 29 free Android app. The social networking utility was updated on May 24 to roll out many of the UI changes that Google introduced to the official iPhone app on May 9.

Gold Miner – Moving down to No. 43 we find Candy Mobile’s game Gold Miner. Players take on the role of a miner, and must position and direct a mechanical claw to haul up gold and diamonds while avoiding hazards.

Jewels Star - Other independent developer, iTreeGamer finds success on the free Android app charts with its title Jewels Star landing at No. 44. The match-3 game bears more than a passing resemblance to EA Popcap’s Bejeweled Blitz.

This week’s top paid Android apps

Draw Something – The paid, ad-free version of Draw Something retains its No. 1 chart position this week. The $1.99 app was updated on May 23 to add a simplified Facebook login, a new Zynga branded loading screen, and a password recovery option.

Angry Birds Space Premium – The other major paid app blockbuster  — Rovio’s Angry Birds Space Premium comes in at No. 4 this week. The $0.99 app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

ZombieSmash – Zynga makes our paid app roundup twice this week as ZombieSmash scoops the No. 8 spot on the paid Android app charts. The $0.99 game has seen a major boost in popularity recently, climbing to more than 10,000 installs.

Alarm Clock by doubleTwist – The lone utility on our Android app roundup is the No. 9 paid app, doubleTwist’s Alarm Clock by doubleTwist. In celebration of reaching 2 million daily active users the app is on sale for $0.99.

Gunman Clive – Last but not least independent developer Bertil Hörberg grabs the No. 20 spot with his stylish, platform-action game Gunman Clive. Already downloaded more than 10,000 times, the $0.99 game includes 16 sidescrolling levels with full 3D graphics and a unique sketch-shaded art style.

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