Can our community help discover the next great Android app? Welcome to a new experiment called #thenextinstall where we try to see if we can find an Android app in the rough, and boost its installs and exposure to new highs.
Last week our community selected Carrier Coverage, an app that attempts to answer the question ‘Which carrier is best for you?’, which is a pretty ambitious project. We thought it was a cool concept, but the developer might have a hard time finding success. The app hasn’t been updated since February and we discovered there are competing apps like Sensorly that have better reviews and a larger following. Not all our picks will turn into winners, but at least we helped boost Carrier Coverage’s daily installs to new highs.
Week 4 Winner: Shot Control
This week was a very close call, but Shot Control by StarvingMind came out on top as our weekly winner. Our audience has a thing for camera apps, and Shot Control is one of the most details camera apps to come around in awhile. It was designed to help serious photographers take better photographs.
If you prefer to just point and shoot pics and know nothing about photography, then this app might not be for you. However, if you love to play with all your camera settings to get that perfect shot, then Shot Control is easily worth the $1.99 asking price.
Most customers who have reviewed the app have all praised the developer. Comments include, “Dev seems to very proactive in wanting to make this app stand head and shoulders above else”, “The developer responded to my email within minutes”, “The developer is excellent about responding to issues and questions”, and “He is clearly committed to making this the most flat-out functional camera app on the market. Get it!”
I went ahead and purchased the app just to support the developer, but I haven’t had much time this week to play around with it. Now that it’s on all my devices, I’m sure I’ll be spending some more time with it soon.
Key features include:
- Multiple Touch Focus/Meter regions on ICS (on supported devices with Android 4.0)
- Direct access to exposure control and zoom
- One tap access to ISO, White Balance, Scene Modes, Focus Modes, and Flash Mode Settings (based on device abilities)
- Custom mapping for hardware buttons (like volume down for focus, volume up for shutter)
- Pre-focus function
- 35mm style film roll integrated with the viewfinder display
- Star your favorite photos, which will be added to their own “Stars – Shot Control” group in the stock gallery app on most phones.
- With “Instant Upload” enabled in Google+, photos with stars will be “instant uploaded” to G+/Picasa as if they were taken with the stock camera app.
Week 5 Challengers
Browse over the new app suggestions and let us know if any make it on to your device.
Pitch: Never be late again. Notifications when it is time to leave to make it to your events on time.
PicShop Lite Photo Editor
Pitch: Beautiful design combined with tons of editing options and dozen’s of filters make this the premier mobile editing suite on the market.
LogiType Tablet Keyboard
Pitch: LogiType uses a new groundbreaking technology to give you the easiest and fastest touch-typing keyboard available for Android tablets.
Pitch: Smart Statusbar is the first and only Status bar enabler in full screen app. You can now reveal status bar in any Full screen app with gesture.
App Folder Advance
Pitch: Organize your home screen quick and easy. Group icons and place them in a folder.
Pitch: Solid Explorer brings to you a new file browsing experience. This is the most attractive, eye catching and intuitive file manager for the Android.
Suggested by: amgala
Pitch: Instant SMS notification without stealing focus! Unlike SMS popup, you can touch through the displayed SMS and continue interaction with the screen. Specially built for gamers.
Pitch: Find apartments and houses for rent with this app designed for renters in a hurry and on the go. Zillow Rentals is the easiest way to find your next apartment or rental home.
Make Me a Pirate
Pitch: Arrrr you a real pirate? Just take a photo and look like a pirate within seconds!
Pitch: Schemer. The beginning of everything worth doing. Are you curious? Ambitious? Daring? Start doing more awesome stuff by using Schemer.
What’s next? How can I participate?
If you want to play along, then join the league of app addicts.
- Join Android and Me and suggest new apps in this weekly thread
- Download AppAware and let it track your new app installs
- Share this post with a friend who has an Android device and ask them to try out one of the apps from the list
Over the coming week, we will continue to monitor all the apps and see which generate the most buzz. We will be watching the installs, download clicks, review scores, coverage on other sites, and more to see which app comes out on top.
Next week we will name the winning app, and then put it up against 10 new apps to repeat the process.