Emerging popular Android apps: Zynga Poker, Crime City and Where’s Waldo Now?

Games were the dominant force in the week’s Android roundup, although utilities like Instagram and Amazon’s free Kindle app did well on the free Android app charts. Zynga lead both the top grossing and top paid app charts this week, thanks to a surge in popularity for Zynga Poker and the ongoing strength of its $180 million hit, Draw Something.

This week’s top grossing Android apps

Zynga Poker — Zynga Poker picks up the rare honor of being the top grossing game on both Android and iOS this week. The No. 1 ranked app is a free-to-play Texas Hold’em Poker game. Downloaded more than 5 million times already, the game has been adding to its momentum, with its number of installs steadily increasing over the past 30 days. The game was last updated on April 12.

Rage of Bahamut — DeNA appears to have struck success with its card battle game Rage of Bahamut. This week’s No. 2 top grossing Android app, the game offers players hundreds of cards to collect.

Slot City – Slot Machines — Israel’s DragonPlay takes the No. 11 spot on the top grossing charts this week with its brand new title Slot City. Players have already installed the free-to-play Vegas style slot game more than 500,000 times. It was last updated on April 19 to fix some minor bugs and improve loading speeds.

Temple Run — Imangi Studio’s temple run appears to be just as popular on Android as it is on iOS. This week’s No. 10 top grossing Android app, the game has passed 10 million installs  less than a month after release.

Tiny Village — TinyCo nabs the last spot on our top grossing app roundup in the No. 12 spot. The prehistoric-themed citybuilding game has found its popularity rising over the past 30 days as downloads passed the 1 million mark. Tiny Village was last updated on April 18 to add Dino Collections, particle effects, Bingo and a variety of other new features.

This week’s top free Android apps

Instagram — Instagram stumbles a bit this week on the free Android charts, slipping to No. 9 as downloads begin to taper off. Fresh of its $1 billion acquisition at the hands of Facebook, the app was updated on April 18 to add support for the Samsung Galaxy Y and roll out bug fixes for Android devices running Froyo.

Angry Birds Space — The free version of Angry Birds Space is this week’s No. 10 free Android app. Although downloads are beginning to taper off, the game has been downloaded more than 10 million times already.

Kindle — Moving down to the No. 16 spot on the free app chart, we find Amazon’s Kindle app. Downloads of the eReader have spiked sharply in the past 30 days. The app supports books, magazines and newspapers and allows readers to make purchases through the Kindle Store. It comes with a built-in dictionary, as well as Google and Wikipedia integration.

Google+ — Google’s own social network Google+ takes the No. 23 spot this week. The app has been downloaded more than 10 million times and was last updated on April 12.

Crime City — Funzio’s Crime City posts a strong performance on Google Play, hitting No. 24 on the free app charts. Already downloaded more than 1 million times, the massively multiplayer online crime game offers players more than 500 different jobs, 60 areas to explore, 80 different properties to collect and over 200 goals to complete. It was last updated on April 19.

This week’s top paid Android apps

Draw Something — Zynga leads both our top grossing and our paid Android charts this week with Draw Something taking the No. 1 spot. The game was just updated with new social features, an undo button and the ability to send drawings to Facebook and Twitter. The premium version of Draw Something costs $0.99.

Angry Birds Space — Rovio’s latest physics puzzler Angry Birds Space finally begins to show some steam on Android, hitting No. 2 on the paid charts. Costing $0.99, the paid version of the game has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since its launch in March.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition — Mojang’s beloved indie hit Minecraft continues to stay steadfastly fixed on the Android charts, coming in this week at No. 20. Costing a relatively expensive $6.99, the mobile version of the game was last updated on Mar. 17 and has been installed more than 500,000 times.

Where’s Waldo Now? — Gameloft snags the No. 40 spot on the paid Android charts with its $0.99 game Where’s Waldo Now? The game has been downloaded more than 10,000 times since its release in March.

Shadowgun — Finally, Madfinger Game’s futuristic third-person shooter closes our weekly Android roundup in the No. 47 spot on the paid Android charts. The visually impressive game puts players in the role of John Slade, the galaxy’s most famous bounty hunter. Costing $5.25, the game has been downloaded between 100,000 and 500,000 albums, but download volumes have been dropping off over the 30 days.

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