Top Emerging Android Apps: Tap Fish, TeamLava, Sentinel 3: Homeworld and Lots of Sports

This week the Android charts showed a lot of variety, but not much change. While it didn’t take the #1 spot on the top grossing chart, Mojang’s Minecraft continued to do very well, landing at #4. The real winner was TeamLava though; the Storm8owned studio currently has six games on the top grossing chart. While games were the most popular genre, sports also did surprisingly well, with a sports app making the cut on every chart this week.

New Titles on the Android Top Grossing Apps List

(Update) Tap Fish – Mountain View, California-based and DeNA-owned Gameview Studios is on top of the Android charts again this week. Top grossing app, Tap Fish has proven to be an enduring favorite on Android, with installs rising steadily in the last 30 days despite no significant updates. The aquarium simulator, which pioneered the free-to-play game genre monetizes through the purchase of Fish Bucks, which players must purchase to acquire items, specimens and to speed up time dependent tasks like fish breeding. Gameview was acquired by Japanese mobile developer DeNA just over a year ago.

(Update) Minecraft – Pocket Edition – While installs have been gradually dropping off in the last 30 days, Mojang’s Android version of Minecraft is still the #4 top grossing app this week. The $6.99 game allows players to build anything they want in an enormous virtual world. A stripped down version of the game (which is scheduled to finally go out of beta this November), Pocket Edition doesn’t support survival mode and all the different kinds of items and materials that can be found in the desktop version.

Bakery Story – Despite not being updated since July 29th, TeamLava’s Bakery Story is still holding strong in the top grossing charts, sitting in the #8 spot. The free social game allows players to create their own bakery, and customize both the decor and the goods on offer. Supported by in-app purchases, Bakery Story is just one of six TeamLava games currently in the top 50 on the Android top grossing charts: Fashion Story is #7, Restaurant Story is #11, Farm Story is #21, Zoo Story is #40 and City Story is #45.

(Update) 7 Little Words –  A unique puzzle game from independent studio Blue Ox Technologies, 7 Little Words is the developer’s first Android offering. Currently #35 on the top grossing charts, the game got a big push after being featured in the September 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The puzzles challenge players to find seven words that match seven clues, and then using those words, spell out the mystery word using pre-selected groups of letters. Part crossword, part anagram and part word-find, 7 Little Words comes with 30 free puzzles and others are available as in-app purchases.

NHL GameCenter Premium – With the hockey season underway, the NHL’s official GameCenter Premium app is making big gains on the top grossing charts, sitting in the #38 spot. The $19.99 app gives hockey fans access to scores, schedules, play-by-play commentary, news, in game video highlights, live game game radio, and extra video content not available in the free version. The app was last updated on October 13.

New Titles on the Android Free Apps List

Voice Search – Installs for Google’s Voice Search app have risen sharply in the last month, perhaps promoted by the sudden popularity of the iPhone 4S’ Siri. Currently the #6 free app, Voice Search allows users to search the web and their phones via voice control. Users can send texts, make calls, play music, send emails, control their phones and even get directions without having to physically type anything. Voice Search is only supported on Android devices running Froyo (2.2) and up and currently only supports US english.