Emerging popular Android apps: Blood Brothers, N.O.V.A 3, SwiftKey3 and more

Rage of Bahamut once again dominated the Android charts, taking the No. 1 spot on the list of top grossing apps. DeNA continues to do well overall, with its new vampire themed role-playing game Blood Brothers and Deity Wars also taking the No. 9 and No. 11 spots on the top grossing chart.

This week also again saw that limited time sales have a significant influence on an apps placement on the chart, with Gameloft’s N.O.V.A 3 taking the No. 4 spot on the top paid chart and SwiftKey 3 Keyboard taking the No. 1 spot, both after going on sale.

This Week’s top grossing Android apps

Rage of Bahamut —  DeNA’s popular card battle game shows no signs of slowing down, taking the No. 1 spot on our top grossing Android app chart yet again. As we’ve previously reported, according to Dr. Serkan Toto, the Android version of the game is bringing in $43,000 a day (excluding revenues in Japan), while the monthly revenue across iOS and Android might be as high as $2.6 million a month.

Live Holdem Poker Pro — Dragonplay’s poker app Live Holdem Poker Pro comes in at the No. 6 spot.

Blood Brothers (RPG) – DeNA’s Blood Brothers which comes in at the No. 9 spot. The vampire themed role-playing game with PvP was last updated on August 13 to improve performance. As we reported last week, the game is off to a promising start, racking up at least 500,000 downloads since its release last month, but it still remains to be seen whether it will ever reach the popularity level of Mobage’s Rage of Bahamut. Inside Mobile Apps readers will notice that the acronym for role-playing game (RPG) has now been added to the title as it appears in Google Play, probably to clarify to Android users what type of game it is.

Deity Wars — Another DeNA game, Deity Wars, comes in at the No. 11 spot. Deity Wars is a card battle game featuring hundreds of illustrated cards and a multiplayer mode.

Scramble With Friends Free — Zynga’s free Android version of Scramble with friends comes in at the No. 33 spot this week. The word finding game was last updated on August 14 with better ways for users to start multiplayer games and performance improvements. Zynga today announced another With Friends game, Gems with Friends, but so far has not said when the game will release on Android devices.

This week’s top free Android apps

Gmail – Google’s official email app is the No. 1 most popular free app this week. The app has been installed more than 100 million times and was last updated on August 1.

Twitter – Moving down to the No. 14 spot on the free app charts, Twitter is also doing healthy business with more than 50 million downloads. The app was last updated on July 18 to fix a bug that caused crashes form some users when they attempted to upgrade. Currently the app has a user rating average of 3.9 out of a total of almost 500,000 reviews, which is not a bad average, but a noticeably mixed score for an app this high up on the chart.

Netflix — Netflix’s app for Android comes in at the No. 15 spot. The app was last updated on September 6 to allow users to enable a wifi playback option and playback stability improvements.

Google Play Movie & TV — Coming in at the No. 16 spot is Google’s own video storefront and player. The app was last updated on July 25 with to improve download speeds, fix playback issues on some LG devices and other bug fixes. The app has been downloaded 10 million times since it was first released. The app has an average user review of 3.0 out of 5, a relatively negative review, especially when considering that 11,320 out of the 28,130 reviews gave it lowest possible score of 1 star. Most complaints are from users who experienced technical difficulties regarding playback and purchases.