Nov 23 AT 3:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

This is why I love AppAware

There are many apps for discovering what’s hot on the Android Market, but the one I turn to most is AppAware. It has no where near the number of features of AppBrain (my other fav), but it does do one thing well that no one else offers – real-time stats.

For example, yesterday we posted about ThickButtons and instantly after the story went up I could watch in real-time as people downloaded and installed the app. As more people installed the app it climbed up the Top Applications list and then others using AppAware were able to discover it and grabbed it too. We also saw ThickButtons hit AppBrain’s Hot Apps page, but it took a full 24 hours before their system displayed it.

Not everyone visiting this site uses AppAware, but we can see that several hundred of you installed ThickButtons and gave it a try. Thanks to AppAware, we can also see that some people (67) uninstalled it and this is valuable information as well. AppAware tracks your phone model and shares it anonymously, so developers can see in real-time if their app might be a experiencing a problem with a certain device.

According to Androlib it looks like 100k people have downloaded AppAware, but I think it only hasĀ around 10k active users. As the community continues to grow, it will be an even more valuable source of information for those that use it.

AppAware recently updated to version 2.0 which includes a new UI and friends list so check it out again if it’s been a few months since you used it. This app isn’t for everyone, but if you want to have your finger on the pulse of the Android Market then this is a must have tool.

Please leave a comment if you have any feature requests for the team behind AppAware. These guys are working hard to improve the service and they value your feedback.


Source: AppAware

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  • Clark Wimberly

    Can’t get enough AppAware, check it compulsively all day long.

  • cobaltleo

    downloading it now from the qr code, fyi, it does show 2 apps with the same name and different icons though.

  • http://Website Drew

    I like AppAware and don’t have an issue sharing my info but have noticed that it seems to cause a lag in between installing new apps (probably caused by the reporting the change to their site).

    There can be a delay of anywhere from 3-20 seconds from the time any app installs and would normally be available vs. with appaware and I get the appaware message that it is installed and it actually becomes available for use.

    This has happened on a MT3G and now a Vibrant w/ lag fix installed. When app aware is removed the delay goes away.

  • http://Website Harris

    I was wondering how do you scan barcodes with your phone..I was on the appaware website and it said I can install the app by scanning the barcode with my phone, but how do I do that?


    • http://Website Quasar

      @Harris you need an app like “Barcode Scanner” from the market. It lets you scan barcodes with your phone’s camera.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      There are many apps that scan barcordes.

      Google Goggles
      Barcode Scanner

  • http://Website NeoteriX

    Though I think AppAware’s premise is pretty neat, I found it to be pretty unfriendly to my battery.

  • http://Website Quasar

    I have been using AppAware for a long while. I like that it lets you create a user name now without having to connect to Twitter.

  • shaun mclane

    I use it all the time, but feel it lost something with the updated UI. Not sure what, but I’ve noticed my usage drop from multiple times a day to maybe once a day. Wish I had more to offer as an explanation, but I can’t put my finger on it.

  • http://Website Miguel

    I also downloaded ThickButtons based on the post here.. then I promptly installed it after 10 minutes. It crashed twice and was hard to use. Crap. Uninstalled.

  • http://Website Me

    Holy moly man, what an absolutely worthless app. Did not last 1st minute before I deleted it! Do not download

  • http://Website semajhan

    I couldn’t get the app immediately but I did just now.
    It is definitely better than the stock but I still use either my hardware keyboard or swype.
    Nice to have this over the stock though.

  • http://Website mikey

    Cartoys website outta seattle is selling mytouch 4g for 50 bucks for new customers.

  • cobaltleo

    anyone have any saftey issues with using there google account for sign in?

  • SGB101

    if android market sorted the ranking system out, crap like this wouldn’t exist

    why did u recommend this? did they pay you?…..hmmm……

  • jrc

    2/28/12 – I just downloaded and installed ‘thickbuttons’. This is completely crapware.
    New phone, Android 2.3.4, Rezound. No problems until now. This app froze the ‘language and keyboard’ section of ‘settings’; does NOTHING to the keyboard at all, which remains the standard one.
    Totally nonfuctional junkware. Uninstalled immediately. Don’t waste your time.