Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 app updates on Friday. Now every Monday 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 among your peers from last week.
We first discovered Twilight a couple weeks ago, and I’m surprised it still has less than 100k installs. This app filters the blue spectrum on your phone or tablet after sunset and protects your eyes with a soft and pleasant red filter. Recent research suggests that exposure to blue light before sleep may distort your natural (circadian) rhythm and cause inability to fall asleep. I’ve been sleeping great since I installed this app and I would suggest anyone try out the free version.
2. Flatout: Stuntman
I’m kind of surprised that Flatout has stuck around this long, but it comes in again as the most popular Android game from last week. The Flatout series is one of the most popular stunt titles on gaming consoles, and this mobile version delivers all the same exciting action. The game is optimized for Tegra-powered devices, but it runs on a wide variety of Android smartphones and tablets. It’s free to play, so check it out if you enjoy ragdoll fun.
Jiffy is a time tracking tool designed and developed by people who need to track time for people who need to track time. It was just featured last week in our Fresh Meat column, and it’s the highest ranking new app on this list. I have yet to try it out, but the design looks awesome and it has an average review score of 4.4.
AppAware is an older app, but still one of my all time favorites. I used to promote it all the time, but I hadn’t linked to it in ages until I wrote about the First 10 apps I install when I get a new phone. If you are an app junkie, which I assume you are since you are reading this post, then it’s a must have app to discover new apps.
5. Minimalistic Text
Minimalistic Text moves up one spot from last week and continues to draw attention. It is a widget app that displays information in a minimalistic way. It was recently updated to Version 3.0, so give it a look if you love clean looking widgets.
6. Personal Capital
Personal Capitol is a new app that helps you manage your money by giving you a holistic view of all of your accounts. It has similar features to other expense managers, but this is one of the best designed finance apps I have seen in a long time. The app integrates with over 10 thousand financial institutions to show you your complete financial picture at a glance and it only takes a minute to download the app and put it to work for you.
MyColorScreen.com is one of the more popular sites for browsing Android home screens and this unofficial app brings that experience to a native app. Download MyColorScreen to browser screens description, apps used for the screens, comments and view even more screenshots of that screen.
8. NQ Mobile Easy Finder
NQ Mobile is known for their suite of security and privacy apps, and they recently released a stand-alone app to track a lost device. The app is still in beta but it can automatically locate & track the phone, photograph the intruder, backup the data and contact, even wipe the data on your phone if an intruder attempts to unlock the phone to retrieve your personal information. Early reviews are positive with an average score of 4.5.
9. Google Voice
Google Voice already has over 10 million installs, so I’m a little surprised that it made our most popular list. I wrote that it was the first app I install when I get a new Android phone, so that’s what pushed it into the Top 10. I thought our audience was quite familiar with the service, but head over to the official Google Voice site for a full intro.
Rounding out the Top 10 is Hider+, an app that provides a secret vault for pictures, sms, call logs, and more. The app is brand new and it has less than 10k installs, but it features a slick design and the early reviews are positive.