Sep 01 AT 3:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Top selling Android apps and games for August 2009

Welcome back to our monthly report of the top selling Android applications and games.  We like to track the most popular mobile software to see if we can identify any trends in the Android world.  The official Android Market is misleading with their most popular list, so we grab our stats from aTrackDog.  Let’s get to the lists and see what’s hot.

Top 10 Applications

Rank Previous Game Price Developer Review
1 (1) Advanced Task Manager $0.99 Arron La CNET
2 (5) Bluex $2.00 Xela AndroSoft Coming Soon
3 (3) My Backup Pro $4.99 RerWare Coming Soon
4 (2) Snap Photo Pro $0.99 Bratag Coming Soon
5 (10) Weather Widgets $1.49 Android Apps Coming Soon
6 (9) Documents to Go $29.99 DataViz Yes
7 (4) Power Manager $0.99 X-Phone Yes
8 (7) Better Keyboard $2.99 Better Android Coming Soon
9 (…) PicSay Pro $2.85 Shinycore Coming Soon
10 (8) Better Cut $1.99 Better Android Coming Soon

Advanced Task Manager remained the best selling Android title.  Priced at only $0.99, it looks like this handy app will stay at the top in the foreseeable future.  I’m a huge fan of Advanced Task Manager and I always have it installed on my phone.  I love being able to always know what’s running on my phone and how much memory it is taking up.  The developer Arron La is great with support and continues to push out regular updates.  If you have ever complained about your Android phone feeling sluggish, give Advanced Task Manager a try.

PicSay Pro was the only new app on this list this month.  It is quickly turning into one of the most advanced photo editing software and deserves to be on the list.  Check out their site for a list of features including – “Make color pop out of black-and-white pictures by applying a Grayscale effect and then use History Paint to bring back the original colors.”

Create beautiful photos with PicSay Pro.

Create beautiful photos with PicSay Pro.

On a final note, I think it is interesting that all home replacement apps have fallen out of the top 10 now.  At one time we had Open Home, aHome, and dxTop in the best selling applications, but all have lost favor.  Many people loved being able to customize the look of their phone, but it appears the performance hit that resulted in running these applications was too much.

Top 10 Games

Rank Previous Game Price Developer Review
1 (1) Robo Defense $2.99 Lupis Labs Yes
2 (5) Abduction! World Attack $2.19 Phil Symonds Coming Soon
3 (4) Labyrinth $4.85 Illusion Labs Coming Soon
4 (6) Jewellust $2.95 Smartpix Games Video
5 (2) Nesoid $2.99 yongzh Video
6 (3) Snesoid $2.99 yongzh Video
7 (8) Gameboid $3.99 yongzh Coming Soon
8 (…) Crystallight $2.95 Smartpix Games Coming Soon
9 (9) Buka $2.50 Hexage Yes
10 (10) Retro Defense $4.99 Larva Labs Yes

There is not much exciting to report when it comes to games.  Once again it is dominated by emulators and tower defense games.  I expect this will remain the story until we see Android 2.0 released.  The lack of quality games (especially 3D ones) is one of my biggest disappointments with Android so far.  Maybe the second Android Developers Challenge will reveal a few gems, but I’m not holding my breath.  The G1 and myTouch 3G are extremely powerful phones, but you would never know that when looking at the current crop of games.

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