Top Emerging Android Apps: Virtual Cities, Daisies, Calculators and Cameras

This week’s Android charts showed much more variety than they did last week, but older apps still continue to dominate the paid, free and top grossing lists, as there were very few new releases arriving to challenge them. Games once again proved to be the most popular genre, with offerings from Kairosoft and Gameloft doing well after going on sale. Older games from EA, Glu Mobile and Fractive saw steady growth. The utilities showed greater turnover, with new camera, calculator and productivity apps seeing their first chart appearances.

New Titles With the Top Free Android Apps Chart:

Tetris Free (update) – The #10 app is EA’s free version of its perennial favorite Tetris, a mainstay on the free app charts that has racked up over one million installs since its debut on August 24th. The free version includes all the same gameplay that the paid version has – players must assemble complete rows from falling tetriminos before the blocks reach the top, but is supported through in-app advertising.

Drag Racing (update) – Moving down to the #15 spot is Drag Racing. The immensely popular game allows players to choose from more than 50 different types of cars to create a totally customized racer (everything down to the gear ratios can be adjusted) and then challenge other players in head to head drag races. The game monetizes through the purchase of Respect Points and by disabling in game ads. Drag Racing was developed by Android exclusive developer Creative Mobile, but they are currently working on iOS and Facebook versions of the app due to its runaway success.

Lane Splitter – Motorcycle racing game Lane Splitter has climbed up to #20 on the charts after seeing a massive upswing towards one million downloads in the last 30 days. The goal of the game is to successfully weave a motorcycle through ever changing traffic, avoiding walls, cops and careless drivers. Facebook integration and a global leader board add a social element to game play, and players can unlock new characters and motorcycles through $0.99 in-app purchases (or all 4 extra characters for $1.99). Lane Splitter was developed by independent Santa Clara based studio Fractiv.

Workout Trainer – The last free app in our roundup is Workout Trainer, currently sitting in the #30 spot after being selected as one of the Android marketplace’s featured apps.  Workout Trainer guides users through workouts with timed audio, and step-by-step photo and video instructions. Users can share their workouts through Facebook, Twitter and email, and connect with other users to get recommendations. Workout Trainer was developed Skimble, a fitness focused developer who were a top 3 finalist in the Innovative Web Technology category at SXSW 2010.

Google Googles – Google’s augmented reality search engine saw a big jump in installs after an update on September 14th that allowed users to search directly from their device’s camera. Currently the #31 free app, Google Googles can recognize landmarks, scan QR codes, solve Sudoku puzzles and translate words in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. The app doesn’t support searching through facial recognition, but in April CNN speculated that this feature would be available to the public, a theory that Google quickly debunked.

New Titles With the Top Grossing Android Apps Chart:

Pocket League Story (update) – Soccer management sim Pocket League Story is the #15 top grossing app, bolstered by a 45% off sale that’s dropped the price to $2.99. In the game, players take a new team from obscurity to the championship through careful management of everything from players to sponsors, and of course, by playing a little soccer.  Released on September 7th, Pocket League story is the latest game by Japanese developer Kariosoft, who were last seen in our roundups after they released Grand Prix Story for iOS.