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Kik Messenger Joins Top Free Android Apps List

Kik Messenger has joined the top free Android app this week at No. 9, according to research from Google Play. The messaging app from Kik Interactive lets you communicate through a Kik username not your phone number ­ so that you can control your privacy.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

As part of Mediabistro’s Media App Summit which took place last year, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content.

Top Free Android Apps of the Week

1.  Facebook for Android

2.  Candy Crush Saga

3. Pandora

4. Instagram

5. Despicable Me

6. Facebook Messenger

7. Can You Escape

8. Skype

9. Netflix

10. Kik Messenger

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