Oct 01 AT 3:12 PM Taylor Wimberly 9 Comments

Top 10 most popular Android apps from last week: Field Trip, Horn, Pocket Planets


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. Field Trip


We recorded over 40k referral clicks to Google Play last week, and Field Trip was easily in the lead as the most popular app. This service comes from Google Labs, so it’s no surprise that a lot of you took a chance and tried it out. This app provides real time updates about points of interest in your area, and it’s a great tool for exploring.

2. SnapPea


SnapPea is a free app that lets you manage everything on your Android from your Windows desktop. It looks like a cool service, but unfortunately it only runs on Windows. If you’re looking for something that supports other operating systems and includes a couple extra features, you’re better off with AirDroid.

3. Mass Effect Infiltrator


The most popular game this week belongs to Mass Effect Infiltrator, after it was featured in the Google Play store sale for only $0.25. I suggested that you go buy it if you had never tried it, and a lot of you did. It’s now back to the normal price of $6.99, but I still think it is worth the purchase if you like fast paced shooters.

4. Ocean Alive Video Wallpapers


Ocean Alive provides a collection of animated wallpapers that won’t “drain your battery or slow your device.” The free version comes with a handful of ocean scenes to pick from, and additional wallpapers are available via in-app purchase. Check out the free wallpapers if you want to spruce up your home screen.

5. doubleTwist Alarm


DoubleTwist Alarm claims to be the “most beautiful alarm app in the Google Play store hands-down,” and it’s hard to argue with them. This paid app was also featured in last week’s $0.25 sale, but now it’s back to the normal price of $1.99. It has received mostly positive reviews, but quite a few people are complaining that the alarm requires the DoubleTwist music player if you want to wake up to your own music.

6. USpyCam


USpyCam was featured in our Android Rookies column, and a lot of you clicked on it based on the short description. The app allows you to capture without screen display, have killer mute, which can work in all devices, capture automatically, and more. I don’t have a need for the app so I have yet to try it out, but the early reviews are mostly positive.

7. HD Widgets


HD Widgets includes a dozen beautiful widgets that show current time, current weather, weather forecast, and utility switches. This was also part of the $0.25 sale, and it is now back to its normal $1.99 price.  There are plenty of free widgets out there, but this is one of the nicer collections available. The developer says that an all new Version 3.5 that will feature 40+ new themes and notification bar widgets is coming out this month.

8. Rebuild


Rebuild is a turn-based strategy set in the zombie apocalypse. I had never heard of the game until it was featured in last week’s $0.25 app sale. It doesn’t really appear to be my type of game, but others have enjoyed it. It holds an average review score of 4.3.

9. Horn


Horn is a mus- buy game if you own a Nexus 7 or any other Tegra-powered device. It was part of the $0.25 sale, and it’s still marked down at the time of this post. Hurry up and go buy it before it returns to its normal price.

10. Pocket Planets


Pocket Planets claims to be the “most comprehensive 3D solar system simulator in the Google Play Store.” They provide a free version to try out the app and then you can get the paid version for $2.69 to unlock all the features. Nearly 200 objects are included, and a built in encyclopedia provides useful information about them.

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  • Nathan D.

    Horn and mass effect are one of the best games I have played. They really are one of the best mobile games out there.

  • Bob

    I got Mass Effect in the sale. Been wanting to get it but at $6.99 it was slightly out of my price range. At $0.25 it was a no-brainer. A lot of people were probably in a similar situation, making it one of the more popular apps of last week.

    I also wanted to get Horn. I don’t have a supported device, but I wanted to buy it just to have it in my account when I do get a supported device. Unfortunately, Google Play wouldn’t let me buy it without selecting a supported device, both in the Google Play app and the Google Play website.

    Rebuild is a pretty fun game. I played it (or maybe a game very similar too it, can’t remember exactly) online as a flash version a while back. It is engaging and entertaining.

  • Arian

    Absolutely love Field Trip! Really makes walking through DC much more interesting

  • jason

    Tried Field Trip and didnt work at all. THe only thing it provided was links to the weekly arts newspaper town with things like a restaurant review and a protest of a possible Walmart…Then it also said something that was a 30 minute drive away was .2 miles away from me. I feel Google (and Apple too) lately keep releasing services before theyre ready. Same with Google Now – so much it CANT do – and a lot of errors on the things theyre supposed to do.

  • jason

    I never understand all these time and clock widgets people get. The time is listed on your status bar on every screen as well as your lock screen – why do you need yet another clock telling you the time. I can understand people who want a weather widget – esp if theyre on data constantly – although theyre usually off by up to 5 degrees as each one has a different one but even thats easily available. i know on my phone the temperature from google now does not match the temperature from the preinstalled news and weather app…i know even on my mac, i have a couple of weather apps installed and the temperatures never match.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Field Trip is pretty cool. I had my dad download it when he visited me in Atlanta. However, I think we were all surprised when a Strip Club popped up (with a revealing picture) as a point of interest. But aside from that, it found some pretty (family friendly) interesting things to check out as well. lol

  • uche

    USpyCam made my day.Thanks for the reviews

  • Fabio Santo