Oct 01 AT 5:27 PM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Top selling Android apps and games for September 2009

Welcome back to our monthly report of the top selling Android applications and games.  We like to track the most popular mobile software in order 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
1 (1) Advanced Task Manager $0.99 Arron La
2 (3) My Backup Pro $4.99 RerWare
3 (4) Snap Photo Pro $0.99 Bratag
4 (6) Documents to Go $29.99 DataViz
5 (2) Bluex $2.91 Xela AndroSoft
6 (5) Weather Widgets $1.49 Android Apps
7 (9) PicSay Pro $2.85 Shinycore
8 (8) Better Keyboard $2.99 Better Android
9 (7) Power Manager $0.99 X-Phone
10 (NEW) Taskiller Full $1.02 Thibaut Nicola

Advanced Task Manager remains the most popular paid application and it shows no signs of slowing down. The developer Arron La recently updated his app to support Android 1.6 and is promising a “major update” in the next release. I personally love the app and consider it a must have for all Android users.

Documents to Go continues to climb the charts. They recently updated their app to version 2.0 which added support for Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files. Their latest update also reduced the application size by 25% and now supports eight languages. Dataviz offers a free version of Documents to go which allows users the ability to view Word and Excel files.

Bluex dropped three spots because the application does not support Android 1.6. Developers need to be ahead of the curve if they want to remain at the top of the best selling list.

Power Manager has fallen hard the last couple of months and I expect it will be off the charts next time. The latest Android 1.6 update adds several enhancements to improve battery life. The new Battery Use report in Android 1.6 displays exactly which applications and functions are eating up battery.

Finally, one trend I have noticed among the top selling apps is the ability to purchase the app from a source other than Android Market. Some developers have chosen alternative markets like SlideME and others are offering direct purchase from their website. Many countries still lack the ability to purchase paid applications from the Android Market so it is important to provide other payment options.

Top 10 Games

Rank Previous Game Price Developer
1 (1) Robo Defense $2.99 Lupis Labs
2 (4) Jewellust $2.95 Smartpix Games
3 (3) Labyrinth $4.85 Illusion Labs
4 (2) Abduction! World Attack $2.19 Phil Symonds
5 (5) Nesoid $2.99 yongzh
6 (6) Snesoid $2.99 yongzh
7 (NEW) Farm Frenzy $4.80 HeroCraft
8 (NEW) Tightrope Hero $0.99 GoodTEAMStudio
9 (8) Crystallight $2.95 Smartpix Games
10 (9) Buka $2.50 Hexage

If a developer wants to remain at the top, they need to release regular updates and Lupis Labs has done this with Robo Defense. Lupis Labs recently pushed out a new version of Robo Defense which included bug fixes and added a new boss character. Robo Defense remains a popular game among its fans maintaining a 4.93 out of 5 rating.

HeroCraft released their first Android title early in September and it debuted at number seven. Farm Frenzy is a farming simulator that allows you to look after chickens, sheep and cows and produce cakes, wool, butter and cheese. It appears HeroCraft has a large library of games for other phone platforms so hopefully they will port more titles to Android.

Google just released the Android 1.6 NDK which includes enhanced support for OpenGL ES 1.1 so hopefully developers will take advantage of this in upcoming titles. We are finally starting to see true 3D games like Speed Forge 3D and I hope this is a sign more games are on the way. It really is amazing that so few developers have been able to take full advantage of the powerful hardware found inside the current Android phones.

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  • snotty

    an entirely uninteresting list, whose only purpose is hidden advertisements. put in the free apps and it makes some sense for READERS.

    • http://twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

      You did notice the title of the article right?

  • http://www.fugeelama.com Fugee

    ^ If the list included free apps then it wouldn’t be called Top SELLING Android apps but top DOWNLOADED Android apps…

  • Morten

    Then change the title of the article? :\

  • http://myspace.com/lolbreebreebree Joseph

    the game Radiant($1.99) http://slideme.org/application/radiant will make it on the list next time you put one out. personally, i LOVE the game. its crisp. You can try the demo. its on the market.

  • anakin78z

    I finally bought PicSay Pro some time ago and wow do I use it way more than I ever thought I would. I tend to color correct my pics before posting them on twitter, and while I’m at it, I usually can’t help adding a text bubble or prop to the pic :).
    Also got Buka a little while ago and am almost finished with it. Super fun fast paced action. Kinda wish the game was longer. Maybe they’ll release a sequel?

  • nah0y

    As an android developer, I’ve tried for 1 full month during my internship to create a 3d viewer and I got to say that, yes, we had some results but it was really laggy, I mean, maybe wee miss something but it was really difficult to have something working fluent…

    I was really motivated to create a real 3d game but maybe I had’nt enough time…

  • androidin

    Fuck! Top selling Android apps and games just for September 2009?

    October 2009 disappear? Fuck!

  • http://Website Makko

    Finally some Native apps making it to Android:
    http://www.androlib.com/android.developer.polarbit-ab-jijx.aspx

    probably the best 3D games on Android at the moment

  • http://Website Ben

    Wouw, downloaded Raging Thunder, great game, great 3D, at last it seems we’re getting some iphone quality stuff, so far i agree, best 3D games I’ve seen on Android. Btw, has anyone tried out ToonWarz?

  • http://Website lostnemotions

    android games suck!!! thee only good games are (in my opinion)
    ~DEVILRY HUNTRESS (better than bejewel type of games)~
    ~labyrinth lite (waiting for full version and i will pay for this)
    ~prince of persia (once you get use to the controls)
    ~family guy (my 15yr old loves family guy -game is ok)
    ~hyperspace

  • http://Website Jane Lockners

    This is insane. Android Games Sucks! i am so pissed at all of you!!!!

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    Favorite app is called GayDar Extreme. Gay Radar detector. Very funny. http://bit.ly/loBErs