Every week we cover Android gaming on Wednesday, followed by Top 10 app updates on Friday. Now every Monday we will look back and see which ones were the most crowd-pleasing among our audience. Read on for the 10 most popular Android apps from your peers.
1. n7player Music Player
The most popular apps on this site are often influenced by the weekly most popular lists, so it was interesting to see the results after taking last Monday off. N7Player was featured last Friday when it received a new update and it was easily the most popular app on the site. I was a little surprised to see a music app take the top spot, but it still has less than 500k installs and the average review score is an amazing 4.7. If you enjoyed the free version, check out the paid version that is on sale for $2.49 for a limited time.
Camera apps are always popular, so we had a feeling people would enjoy AfterFocus. We first featured the app as part of Tuesday’s #thenextinstall column, and it’s nice to see people sharing the app with their friends. This simple app lets users create DSLR-style background blurred photos by simply selecting a focus area with their finger. I tried it out last week and I was impressed with the results. We can’t wait to see how the developer continues to improve it.
3. Radiant Defense
Hexage always makes a great game and Radiant Defense did not disappoint. I played this game for hours over the weekend and it still has my attention. Yes, it’s another tower defense game, but it still has a unique style that I enjoyed. The game gets freaking hard real fast, so check it out if you like a challenge.
4. Google Currents
Google Currents has been around since last year and already racked up 1 million installs, but it saw a major spike in downloads last week with a major update that boosted performance by 7x. If you were one of the many to give Currents another try, be sure to add Android and Me to your reading library.
AppAware is our favorite social network for discovering apps and games on Google Play Store. It saw an update last week that improved the user experience, which helped it come in at number 5. If you have an And Me Account, you can now edit your profile to connect your AppAware account and display your installed apps on our site. Check out my profile to see the 190 apps I have installed.
6. Battery HD
Battery HD was another app featured in #thenextinstall that saw a strong response. It’s a helpful app that lets users know for how long you can use each app before their battery runs out. The developer is asking users to please run the calibration tests and share their results with the community to make this app even more precise. It’s a worthy install if you have ever been concerned with your battery life.
7. Minimal Reader
Minimal Reader was the winner of our first #thenextinstall from two weeks ago, and our users continue to download the app. Daily installs have spiked to a 30 day high, and we hear another update is coming soon from the developer. If you need a simple widget to display your favorite RSS feed, then give Minimal Reader a try.
8. Tasks Free
Google Tasks doesn’t have an official Android app yet, so Tasks is doing a nice job of filling that void. It features a clean UI that follows the Android 4.0 design patterns, which is popular among this audience. The free version is supported by ads, but you can also pick up the paid version for a reduced promotional price of $0.99.
9. Friendcaster for Android
A recent update helped Friendcaster crack our weekly Top 10 list. If you think the official Facebook app is lacking in features, then Friendcaster is a must download. It features advanced customizations from hiding some of your feed lists to the changing of the font size.
Rounding out the Top 10 was Springpad, which recently saw a major update to version 3.0. The developer describes Springpad as an easy-to-use app that lets you create notebooks for any topic or area of interest. I started using the app over the weekend, and it feels like Pinterest for mobile notepads. I’m not sure if I will keep using it yet, but it has a very polished look and feel.