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 last week among your peers.
1. Omega Status Bar
Omega Status Bar was featured in Android Rookies last week and it was easily our most popular pick in awhile. The app’s daily installs spiked to an all time high and it was well deserved. Omega Status Bar allows you to completely replace your status bar and cuustomize all the content. Free themes are also available to download from the Google Play store, allowing you to copy the Jelly Bean status bar in a few clicks. Several users reported problems on specific phones, so make sure you read the reviews for your device.
2. One Single Life
The top game this week was One Single Life. This unique title has you jumping from building to building and you only have one life to play. If you die, the game is finished and you can’t start over unless you delete the game data. I played it one single time and made it to Level 7, and I think I’m done with it. You can pay $1.99 to unlock infinite lives, but that would defeat the purpose of the game.
3. Prince of Persia Classic
Ubisoft Entertainment brought back the classic game Prince of Persia. We only posted the link for the $2.99 premium version, but there is also a freemium version if you want to try before you buy. I was never a fan of the old game, so I haven’t taken the time to play this latest release.
4. Transparent Clock & Weather
Transparent Clock & Weather is a simple widget that provides a customized clock and weather forecast. There are three widget sizes to choose from and you have the option to display current city, time, forecase, high/low temperatures, and remaining battery life. I tested it out and I still have the compact 4×1 widget on my homescreen until it annoys me.
5. Sleep Time
Sleep Time is another newbie first spotted in Android Rookies that saw its daily installs shoot to a new high. The app promises, “You will never wake up from a deep sleep feeling groggy again.” I have yet to test it out, but the app already has 30 million installs on iOS so they must be doing something right.
6. All Clear
All Clear allows you to clear all the cache files, SMS, call logs, histories and APK from your Android device with a single click. Older devices with limited storage space will constantly see low storage warnings, so this app could really come in handy with an aging phone.
7. Critter Escape
Critter Escape got some buzz last week when it ended it’s Amazon App Store exclusivity and joined the Google Play store. This stealth-based adventure game includes over 120 levels and touch controls that allow you to draw or tap your escape route. I briefly played the game for a couple of levels, but it wasn’t enough fun to keep me coming back.
8. Judge Dredd
I never read the comic series, but I was a fan of the classic Stalone movie and I’d like to see the upcoming remake. This free game is basically a big advertisement for the new movie, but I found the single player story mode had enough zombie blasting to warrant the install.
9. Musical Samurai
It’s a simple music tapping game, but the ninja theme might attract people to Musical Samurai. Try out the free version to see if you like it and then buy the paid version to reward the developer.
Coming it at #10 is the photo sharing app EyeEm. It was recently updated to version 3.0 and it now sports an all-new design. The app provides a passionate community around streams of pictures, which led us to compare it to a young Instagram. Try it for free if you love discovering photos around the topics you enjoy.