Top Emerging Android Apps: Photo Editing, Animal Collecting and Contract Killing

Once again, the Android charts were all over the map this week. With the exception of Autodesk’s Pixlr-o-matic and Booyah’s Early Bird, there were very few new releases that made the charts, as older apps continued to reign, often using sales and updates to increase their revenues and downloads. Last week’s #1 paid app, JFDP Labs’ Paper Camera also kept its hold on the top spot, which parlayed it into an appearance on the top grossing chart as well.

New Titles With the Top Free Android Apps Chart:

Wi-Fi Finder – The first app in our update this week is #9 ranked Wi-Fi Finder. A relatively new utility, it has been immensely successful since its debut, seeing over 5,000,000 downloads in less than a month. Wi-Fi Finder is a simple app that works both online and offline to locate wifi hotspots (free and paid) for users, and then overlay the results onto a Google map. Wi-Fi Finder was developed by Jiwire, a mobile advertising company that places advertising onto wi-fi networks by integrating it with the login page.

(Update) – The #15 ranked app makes our roundup this week thanks to an update on September 23rd that completely resigned the user interface and added landscape orientation support, voice search, access to the popular Word of the Day and Hot Word blogs. The app also now includes a limited time option to upgrade to an ad-free version for $1.99.

(Update) Google+ – Just as its counterpart on iOS saw a huge upswing in popularity after the social network went into open beta, the Android version of the Google+ app has seen installs shoot up, peaking at more than 10,000,000 after the September 20th update. Users can now join Hangouts from the mobile app, set profile photos, move the app to their SD card, and use a long press when in their stream to +1, share and mute posts. Google+ is currently the #19 free app in the Android marketplace.

Pixlr-o-matic – Retro photography app Pixlr-o-matic is the #35 free marketplace app, released for Android on September 15th (but previously available for iOS, web and Facebook), Pixlr-o-matic lets users add vintage-inspired filters, lighting effects and frames to their images. Android users can can choose from an existing photo in their gallery or snap a new photo from within the app, and share them via Facebook or the app’s own image sharing service. Pixlr-o-matic was developed by Pixlr, creator of several popular free photo editing tools. The developer was recently acquired by Autodesk, the makers of AutoCAD, Maya, and 3ds Max.

Mouse Trap – Puzzle game Mouse Trap has seen a big jump in installs, landing it at the #47 spot, thanks to a September 21st  update adding 200 more levels – bringing the game’s grand total to a staggering 2100. Mouse Trap is an ad-supported game that challenges players to guide a mouse of of a maze by sliding blocks out of the way. Users can also collect coins which can be used to unlock bonuses and more level packs. Mouse trap is just one of the many applications created by French developer Magma Mobile, who are also the creators of the popular Android app listing website Androlib.

New Titles With the Top Paid Android Apps Chart:

Early Bird – Early Bird has migrated to Android, making its debut on September 15th, and climbing to the #8 spot on the paid Android app charts. Booyah’s new game has similar gameplay to Angry Birds – players must ensure the Early Bird gets his worm by guiding him around obstacles and pitfalls with swipe controls. The Android version of Early Bird costs $0.99 and comes with leaderboards and achievements powered by OpenFeint.