Apr 03 AT 4:29 PM Taylor Wimberly 17 Comments

Help us find the next great Android app #thenextinstall


Our community loves Android apps and we love hunting for new up and comers that we can suggest. We already cover the most popular and top updated apps, but we thought it would be interesting to have a weekly column focused on underground apps that have less than 50k installs.

Can we pick a relatively unknown app and help boost their installs and exposure to new highs? That’s the challenge we are taking on with a new experiment I’m going to call #thenextinstall.

We polled some of readers and asked them to submit recommendations for Android apps that they thought had the potential to become hits. After reviewing all the submissions, we created the following list apps.

Browse over the new app suggestions and let us know if any of them make it onto your device.


Pitch: Forecast is a fun and simple way for friends to share where they’re going. Foursquare required.


Shake ‘n Rotate!

Pitch: Disable the auto-rotation with a shake!



Pitch: Warrantify is a free service that helps to scan, store and manage all your product warranties and receipts on the go.


Where was I?

Pitch: ‘Where Was I?’ is a new kind of location tracker that is designed to always run in the background with minimal impact on the battery.



Pitch: Your smartphone is no longer just for calls and navigation, it can save you from costly traffic tickets, gridlock and accidents.


Minimal Reader

Pitch: Meet Minimal Reader, the only customizable News *WIDGET* with a handy *Pop-Up* function.



Pitch: Want to know what restaurants are at the next interstate exit? Ask the RoadNinja.



Pitch: Cogs is a ground-breaking puzzle game where players build increasingly complex machines using sliding tiles in 2D and 3D environments.


What’s next? How can I participate?

Over the coming week, we will monitor all the apps and see which generate the most buzz. We will be watching the installs, download clicks, review scores, and more to see which app comes out on top. Next week we will name the winning app, and then put it up against nine new apps to repeat the process.

If you want to play along, then join the league of app addicts.

  • Join Android and Me and suggest new apps in our Threads.
  • 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.
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  • txbluesman

    Sweet! I made the list.

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  • Sam

    Great idea for a column, but to be honest, this list is hardly breathing waves of Android enthusiasm into me. We must have better to offer than the likes of a couple of these. Forecast does look interesting, but given that Foursquare never implemented future check-ins (this most have come up in prod dev meetings), you’d have to question whether that demand is there…

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’m a Foursquare user and I see the potential in Forecast. Plancast is dead, and there are not many other apps (outside of Facebook events) that let you share your future attendance at locations.

  • Zach

    There is no way an iOS app for Android like Forecast will make it to my device.
    Read up devs http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/pure-android.html

  • tjw344

    Great app is Little Stars For Little Wars 2 . It is addicting strategy game. Build up forces on the stars and then move them strategically to take over the system. This game’s beautiful is in its simplicity. You will like it. Link to demo is here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mkarpenko.lsflw2demo&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5ta2FycGVua28ubHNmbHcyZGVtbyJd

  • LegZ

    Nice apps !
    You should try WakeVoice ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adnfxmobile.wakevoice ) for next week !

  • Marcofromda510

    I have an app I would like to suggest, Its called Transparent Screen. I feel its an under the radar app that can be useful for some. But it does have 500,000+ installs. So maybe it would be better to post in a differnt thread. Anyways the app uses your phone’s camera to show what’s infront of you while using other apps. You can control the opacity. So if your someone who walks around a lot while using your phone, it’s helpful for preventing injury and emberrassing moments. If nothing else, its something fun to play with or just show off.

  • Aditya

    I think Default App Manager Lite perfectly fits this list. It has an unique and simple way of setting / clearing user defaults which I have not seen any app do so far. Plus, the app is relatively less known and has less than 50k downloads..

  • Jona

    Hey I want my app in this! :) I’m almost done with my latest version of XiiaLive! :) Check out XiiaLive Beta. How can I participate?

  • Garets_10

    SwiftKey 3 beta its awesome!!

  • Torova

    Brand New! Totally unique Augmented Reality Fun! SoccerAR