Every week we cover Android gaming on Wednesday, followed by Top 10 app updates on Friday. Now every Monday (or Tuesday) 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. Solid Explorer
Solid Explorer won week 5 of #thenextinstall, so it’s no surprise to see it at take home the number one spot. It might not be the most full featured file manager, but it is easily the best looking that we have seen on Android. Solid Explorer is still in beta, so look for the developer to add more features over the coming months.
2. Mass Effect Infiltrator
Electronic Arts launched Mass Effect Infiltrator last week and it was well received among our audience as the top game. We don’t normally see games place this high in our Top 10 lists, but Mass Effect really deserves this spot. The game will cost you $6.99 and it requires a high-end device, but it is one of the best looking shooters to ever hit Android. I’ve been playing the game since it came out and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun shooter.
3. GTasks: To Do List
If Google ever releases a native Android app for their Tasks service, it would probably look a lot like GTasks. There are tons of to-do managers for Android, but few have the simplicity and Ice Cream Sandwich stylings of GTasks. If you are looking for a to do list app that synchronizes with your Gmail account, give it a try.
4. 100 Floors
If games are really popular on iOS, they tend to perform pretty well on Android. The game 100 Floors was finally ported to Android last week, and it has already racked up over 100,000 installs and maintained an average review score of 4.2. The title is free to play, so grab it if you like puzzle games.
5. Death Racing
Games continue to dominate this Top 10 list, and Death Racing by Feeling Touch debuted at the 5th spot. This title is also free to play and it generated over 500,000 installs since its release and averaged reviews at 4.3. The graphics are pretty ordinary compared to some other racers, but it has the twitch gameplay that is easy to pick up and play for mobile gamers.
Featured in our most recent edition of #thenextinstall, Uniqlo claims to be an innovative new social alarm app that aims to make waking up every day an enjoyable experience. The app sounds really interesting, but it has received mix reviews so far and has an average score of 3.6. Most of the complaints are coming from certain countries or devices that have some serious problems, but the rest of the reviews are positive and we think the app still has potential to improve.
The music is written by Grammy nominee Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada) and Yoko Kanno, who is active in songwriting across a wide range of genres including video games and anime (COWBOY BEBOP, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Macross), so we still think it’s worth checking out.
7. Go Backup
Any of the apps from the GO Launcher team are pretty popular, and GO Backup continues that trend. This free app allows users to easily backup their contacts, messages, and apps, plus it features a clean look that we enjoy.
8. Metal Sniffer
Metal Sniffer is an app that uses a devices magnetometer to find magnetic fields and detect metals or magnets. The free app is still in beta, but the early users say it works pretty well and have rated the app with a 4.3 average review score.
Pair is a new messaging app designed just for couples. The service allows two users to post video messages and photos that no one else will see. The app is new and might not be as well polished as Path, but it has some unique features like chat, sharing sketches, sharing to-do lists, and sharing location. There is even a weird thing called ThumbKiss, a feature that let’s you see where your partner is touching their screen so you can touch the same spot and make both phones vibrate simultaneously. If you have a significant other, this app might be worth a try.
10. Grand Theft Auto III
Rounding out the Top 10 is Grand Theft Auto III. Rockstar Games put the title on sale this Memorial Day weekend for $0.99 and lots of people took advantage of the limited offer. The price is now back to the regular $4.99, but it’s still worth it if you love the GTA series.