Top Emerging Android Apps: Tower Defense, Pygmies, Ringtones & More

There are several new applications to the top paid and top free Android lists this week. While not all are new releases, content updates have either aided in the growth of these apps or simply helped to solidify their usual top positions. As for the top grossing apps list, the upper levels did not show much change, but new highlights did make their way in late in the list, be they old or new releases.

New Titles Within Top Paid Android Apps List

Robo DefenseRobo Defense — Robo Defense is a long-running tower defense game that has always been ranked relatively high on the top paid Android apps list. Consisting of five maps with unlimited upgrades and difficulty settings, the app is currently ranked at #10. Part of its ranking is due to a September 13th update that added in a new level dubbed “Sky Tower,” new achievements, and the new “Flare” tower. Curiously, and despite its rank, the $2.99 game’s number of installs have been in general decline over the past month. It is developed by Lupis Labs Software, a small mobile developer whose only intellectual property on Android is Robo Defense.

Pocket God — Ngmoco, the mobile game developer acquired by Japan’s social game publisher DeNA, is the publisher of Pocket God (it was developed by Bolt Creative). The game is all about playing the god of an island full of pygmies, torturing them in unique and creative ways. Though the game’s install rate has been in decline for most of the last month, it has begun growing slightly in the past few days due to a new content update on September 10th. The update includes new godly powers, three new mini-games, and a special new pygmy who “wreaks havoc and babbles about tiger blood.” Currently, Pocket God costs $0.99 and is ranked at #13. Also, Ngmoco has reportedly acquired social developer Lionside.

Shazam Encore — Music comes in at #18 with the $4.74 application, Shazam Encore. Last updated September 8th, with the ability to tag television shows and commercials, the title is used primarily to quickly identify music simply by holding one’s Android device up to speakers playing a song. Along with this tagging capability, players can listen to previews and can quickly make purchases via Amazon. Additionally, the free version of Shazam is ranked at #29 and was also updated on September 8th. Both are credited to Shazam Entertainment Limited, a London-based mobile apps developer with titles spanning several devices including Android, iOS, and Blackberry. Shazam‘s offices also span New York and Seoul, Korea.

TapatalkTapatalk Forum App — Quoord Systems Limited is Chinese mobile developer out of Hong Kong and the creator of today’s #27 top paid Android app, Tapatalk Forum App. Tapatalkis a popular social application that allows users to access various web forums via their Android device. Along with this core function, it supports photo uploads, downloads, the saving of account information, and private messaging and alerts. Costing $2.95, the app’s install rate has been relatively steady over the past few weeks. Its last update was September 9th which added in the ability to reply without quotes in private messages and support for “very large font.”

Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus — Moving back into the realm of games comes Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus at #31. The title is a modern military first-person shooter in which players dive into combat across several battlefields around the world (e.g. the Middle East, Europe, and South America) within a single player campaign. Alternatively, they can compete in both local and online multiplayer matches that support up to 10 players. Black Pegasus is developed by the roughly twelve-year-old,  international studio Gameloft. Currently, the game costs $6.99 and was last updated September 12th to support a greater variety of Android-enabled devices.

New Titles Within Top Free Android Apps List

MP3 Music DownloadMP3 Music Download Pro — MP3 Music Download Pro is sitting at #15 today on the top free Android apps list. Experiencing a dramatic rise in installs over the last week or so, the application is a music app that allows its users to search for and download free music, lyrics, and album cover art to their Android handset. Additionally, the app allows for up to three downloads at a time as well as the ability to play and delete music from one’s library, or set it as a ringtone. Last updated September 14th, MP3 Music Download Pro’s development is credited to Yu Liu. Unfortunately, no further details on the developer are noted.