Top Emerging Android Apps: Smurfs Arrive, Flash Updates and Live Wallpapers Get Seasonal

Unlike last week where old releases dominated the free, paid and top grossing apps charts, this week new releases were able to muscle in on the action. New releases made the biggest dent on the top grossing chart, where iOS juggernaut Smurfs’ Village made its debut. Games proved to be this week’s best bet with offerings from Gameloft, Full Fat and YoYo Games all performing well after launch.

New Titles on the Android Top Grossing Apps List

(Update) Live Holdem Poker Pro – There hasn’t been much change on the Android top grossing charts this week, and older game Live Holdem Poker Pro is still performing strongly, holding onto the #7 spot. Updated on October 6th with minor bug fixes, the game is the most popular poker network for Android devices, beating out Zynga Poker (currently the #9 top grossing app). The game connects to Facebook and allows player from both platforms to play and chat with each other. Live Holdem Poker Pro is supported by in game purchases and was developed by Dragonplay.

(Update) Pocket Legends – Mobile MMO Pocket Legends appears on our roundup again, this time in the #19 spot. Picked as one of the best games for Android by like the likes of MSNBC and Mashable, Pocket Legends lets player choose from one of three classic RPG roles as they adventure in a persistent fantasy world. Developed by Spacetime Studios, Pocket Legends is free to play and monetizes through the purchase of in-game currency.

9mm HD – Gameloft’s 3rd person shooter 9mm HD is now available for Android. Released on September 28th, the game puts the player in the role of John Kannon, a tough cop who’s got a price on his head and a gun in his hand. Inspired by the likes of Grand Theft Auto and Just Cause, the game features slow-motion stunts, destructible environments, a hip-hop soundtrack and online Free For All and Team Deathmatch modes. 9mm HD costs $6.99 and is currently the #24 top grossing app on Android devices.

Destroy Gunners SP – One of Japan’s most popular exports is giant fighting robots, and Japanese developer SHADE Inc’s new game Destroy Gunners SP brings a big dose of robot-on-robot violence to Android. Currently the #34 top grossing app, the game has classic giant fighting robot gameplay: players must blast their way through a variety of detailed 3D levels and destroy other giant robots to unlock more missions and customize their weapons. The game supports Open Feint Leaderboards and costs $9.99.

Smurfs’ Village – Beeline Interactive’s infamously profitable and popular game Smurfs’ Village is now available for Android. After launching on September 28th for select devices, the free to play game is now quickly climbing the top grossing charts, currently sitting in the #35 spot. In the game, players must build a village to house the titular blue characters; the more Smurfs that settle, the more minigames and quests the player unlocks. Players can also send gifts to other Smurf villages through Facebook Connect and speed up construction by through in-app purchases.

New Titles on the Android Top Free Apps List

(Update) Tiny Flashlight + LED – One-man dev house Nikolay Ananiev’s app Tiny Flashlight + Led is the #7 free app this week. The simple app turns a phone’s LED flash into a flashlight. The utility that has maintained its hold on the charts thanks to a new update on October 1st that added support for 2 new phones and localized the app for Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish and Turkish. The app also includes different flashlight widgets and the option to use a device’s screen as a colored light.