Android's Secret Weapons: Bird Claws, Bunny Feet and Talking Cats
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:39:51 PM
Android has gotten very big very fast. It has now become the dominant smartphone platform in the US and looks set to overtake Symbian soon in Asia and Europe. The global marketshare is now close to 48%:Disclaimer: This pie chart is not scientifically accurate nor does it contain pie. It is however drawn by hand. Statistics from Reuters.
One reason for that popularity is the apps – especially games – that are available from the Android Market. But which ones among all the thousands out there rise to the top? Today we offer a quick overview of the most successful Android apps and what they may (or may not) have in common.
Excluding free apps like Facebook, Google Maps, YouTube, and Opera Mini, the top-trending free apps on Android market aggregated from several sources for the past week were:
The top five paid apps were:
So what do all these games and gadgets have in common? Either they've gotta be useful – or they've gotta be fun.
At the same time, a successful app has to interact with and take advantage of the phone as a device. In other words, because it's a handset and not a gaming console with a separate screen or a computer with its own keyboard, good apps will usually:
- take advantage of the touch-screen interface, and require rolling, swiping or shooting things with finger gestures
- utilize the phone's internal gyroscope, and either involve building or stacking unstable elements or in the case of driving games, require the player to navigate steep turns
- make use of the phone as an audio device to either play music or videos or generate interaction with talking characters
Now, if there were only a mad scientist Android developer app to make a supreme mashup of all those apps together – what might that look like? A music player that talks to you in an angry bird voice? A game where you have to drive a paper camera up the robo defense tower? Could you fly your dragon head-on into YouTube?
Give us your weirdest ideas for hybrid apps in the comments!