Emerging popular Android Apps: Rage of Bahamut, Instagram and Shark Dash

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By Kathleen De Vere Comments

Nothing was out of the ordinary on the Android charts this week, with games and photography apps once again proving to be the most popular types of apps. DeNA’s hit game Rage of Bahamut proved to have some serious staying power, turning in its second week in the No. 1 spot on the top grossing app chart. Although there were no new titles on the top grossing Android chart this week, independent developers Runnergames and Dapper Gentleman were able to find some traction for their new offerings on the free and paid app charts.

This week’s top grossing Android Apps

Rage of Bahamut — DeNA’s card battle game tops the Android charts for a second week in a row, with its popularity showing no signs of waning. The collectible card battle game has passed the 500,000 install mark since we checked in on it last week. The free-to-play game challenges players to collect cards from one of three factions, Demons, Gods or Man and rewards players for logging in daily with bonuses and free cards. Rage of Bahamut was last updated on March 29.

Deer Hunter Reloaded — Glu Mobile takes the No. 12 spot on our Android chart this week with Deer Hunter Reloaded, the latest game in Deer Hunter franchise. Glu revealed it paid Atari $5 million in cash for the brand during its most recent earnings call.

Crime City — GREE has bought itself a hit on the Android top grossing charts with its $210 million purchase of Crime City developer Funzio. The No. 12 top grossing app this week, Crime City has had more than 1 million lifetime downloads on Android. The game was last updated on April 19 to roll out minor bug fixes. The free-to-play game is also a top grosser on the iOS charts this week.

Smurfs’ Village — Capcom’s Beeline Interactive unit continues to make bank on the popularity of its free-to-play game Smurf Village. This week’s No. 18 top grossing game, it was last updated on May 1 to add new Smurfs, new mini games and quests.

Life is Crime — Red Robot Lab’s location-based crime game Life is Crime closes out the top grossing charts in the No. 23 spot. The game allows players to incorporate their real, day-to-day errands into the game. Players can also share their in-game achievements and check-ins to Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The game has been downloaded more than 1 million times.

This week’s top free Android apps

Instagram — Android users are still taking to Instagram in droves, keeping the photography app lodged at the top of the free Android app charts. This week’s No. 4 free Android app, the Facebook-owned photo service allows users to take photos, apply a variety of retro-influenced filters to them and share them to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. According to the app’s Google Play description, Flickr sharing is coming soon. Instagram has been downloaded more than 10 million times since its release on Android.

Draw Something Free — Zynga’s Draw Something begins to flag slightly on Android, dropping down to No. 11 on the free Android app chart. The game was updated on May 3 to add push notifications, comments, undo and pull-down to refresh. The paid version of the game still sits and No. 1 on the paid app charts.

BMX Boy — Independent studio Runnergames hits No. 14 on the free app charts this week with its brand-new game BMX Boy. An auto-runner style game, the game challenges players to navigate their way through more than 90 different levels by using a simple two-button control scheme. The game has already been installed more than a million times and the app’s Google Play description promises more levels are on the way.

Angry Birds — The success of Angry Birds Space hasn’t cut into the popularity of the original Angry Birds. Rovio’s classic hit is this week’s No. 18 free Android app. The game has been downloaded more than 50 million times.

Kies Air — Samsung closes the free app charts this week with an app we haven’t seen before on our Android charts, Kies Air. The utility allows owners of Samsung Android phones to wirelessly sync their phones to their computers. Users with the app can listen to music from their phones, transfer files and even send texts from their computers. The app was last updated on April 27.

This week’s top paid Android apps

Angry Birds Space Premium — The $0.99, paid version of Angry Birds Space leads our paid Android app charts in the No. 2 spot, right behind Zynga’s Draw Something. The game was updated on April 25 to add 10 new levels and fix stability issues for some older Android devices. Although the game has already passed 50 million lifetime downloads, according to Angry Birds Space’s Google Play listing, the paid version of Android app only accounts for somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 of those downloads.

Ugly Meter — Independent developer Dapper Gentlemen has a cross platform hit on its hands. Already on the top of the paid iOS charts in the No. 1 position, the $0.99 Android version is this week’s No. 7 paid app.

Paper Camera – JFDP Labs’ photography app appears to be a mainstay of the paid android charts. The $1.99 app is this week’s No. 12 most popular paid app. It was just updated on May 3 to change the Control Freak settings from an optional in-app purchase to a free feature. The app’s update notes promise all users who bought the add-on will have their money refunded.

Fruit Ninja – Retailing for the odd price of $1.22, Halfbrick’s ultra-popular game Fruit Ninja hits No. 19 on the paid app charts this week. The game has been downloaded more than a million times, an impressive achievement for a paid Android app.

Shark Dash — Gameloft closes out the paid Android charts with its new game Shark Dash. The $0.99 physics puzzler challenges players to dispose of a band of evil rubber ducks on 96 different levels of aquatic puzzles featuring four different characters, each with their own special abilities and skills. The game has been downloaded more than 10,000 times since it was released at the end of April.