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. Temple Run
This game was a smash hit on iOS and we have been waiting a long time for it to come to Android, so it’s no surprise that Temple Run received over 1 million installs in the first three days. Readers of our site clicked on Temple Run 2x more than any other app last week. It was almost my most-played game in the last Android Gaming Weekly.
2. Dungeon Hunter 3
Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 3 only debuted this weekend, but it was still able to grab 2nd place. We think it got a lot of installs because it’s a free title, but that same freemium model might also be responsible for the poor average review score of 3.2. Some people still love the game, so give it a try if you are looking for a free action RPG to burn up some time.
3. GPS Essentials
We had never covered GPS Essentials until it appeared in our Top 10 app updates, but this little app described as “The Swiss army knife of GPS navigation” was the 3rd most popular on our site. It’s free in the Google Play Store where it has an average review score of 4.4, so try it out if you love GPS tools.
4. Camera 360
We first featured Camera360 a couple weeks ago and it debuted at #1 in our first ever Top 10 Most Popular Apps last week. This time around it dropped 3 spots, but it’s still racking up the installs and maintains an average review score of 4.3. I named Camera360 one of my favorite camera replacement apps, and I’ve still been using it quite frequently.
I fully expect EyeEm to become the most popular app next week. It’s that good. EyeEm is another camera replacement app, but it has a unique real-time photo search engine that automatically tags your photos based on location, time, and the objects in a photo. All the standard filters and frames are included, and EyeEm also has a social network that includes public albums of similar topics you might enjoy. If you already installed Camera360, try out EyeEm and let us know which you like better.
6. GO TaskManager
GO TaskManger already has over 10 million installs, but it managed to capture the #6 spot when we mentioned it for the first time last week. The latest major update turned their widget into a more powerful app that they claim is more useful. The app is free in the Google Play Store, so try it out if you need a new task manager.
7. Lightbox Photos
Camera apps have been hot lately, and Lightbox continues to ride that wave. Last week Lightbox ranked #4, but it still managed a respectable #7 this time around. It’s special because it has it’s own social network with a feed of all your friends pics. The app is free and still maintains an average review score of 4.4.
8. The King of Fighters
The King of Fighters briefly appeared on the Google Play Store last week, but it was mysteriously pulled down by the time we mentioned it in Android Gaming Weekly on Wednesday. We included a download link in case the game came back, and enough people clicked on it for the game to rank #8 this week. Hopefully, the developer SNK Playmore will resolve any issues and get this classic fighting series back up for sale.
This week MobileBits expanded their open beta of SoulCraft to include non-Tegra devices for the first time. Gamers responded and installed the game over 10,000 times so far. Early reviews are positive, and it looks like this game will keep getting better as it nears release.
Google’s MyTracks has been around a long time, but last week an update added a new feature that let users play back a track as a tour using the Google Earth mobile client. It sounds awesome, and that was enough to help MyTracks crack our Top 10 list.
Some quick notes from this week’s Top 10 most popular apps:
- Only 2 apps held over from last week: Camera360 and LightBox
- Games held the top 2 spots, and 4 of the top 10
- If you app is featured on A&M, installs could spike to all time highs
- I like writing these weekly columns
Find an app that we should feature on Android and Me? Send us your suggestions and we will check them out.