'Badland,' 'Frontline Commando: D-Day' lead the best new apps of April 2013



Downloads from the four leading application storefronts--Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) World and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone Store--eclipsed 13.4 billion worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, an 11 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2012, research firm Canalys reported earlier this month. Revenues from premium downloads, in-app purchases and content subscriptions grew 9 percent quarter-over-quarter to $2.2 billion.

Google Play accounted for 51 percent of all downloads during the first three months of 2013, but if you want to know why most developers continue to focus first and foremost on creating apps for iOS, look no further than a recent App Annie report revealing that the App Store generated revenues 2.6x greater than the Android storefront during the first quarter of 2013. Android is narrowing the gap, however: App Store revenues were 4x higher than Google Play as recently as the fourth quarter of last year.

iOS builds dominate my picks for the best new applications of April 2013, but Android device owners shouldn't despair because the list features several noteworthy new apps for the Google platform as well, including one from Google itself. No less significant, developers appear to be accelerating their efforts to port their apps from iOS to Android: For example, the startup behind my favorite new app released this month has already pledged to issue an Android version in the near future. No matter which mobile device you own, one thing is certain: There is no scarcity of innovative apps to download, and each successive month brings even more.--Jason

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