Apr 12 AT 3:40 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

Minimal Reader wins week one of #thenextinstall, 10 new apps try to knock it down


Can our community help discover the next great Android app? Last week we tried an experiment called #thenextinstall to see if we could find an Android app in the rough, and boost its installs and exposure to new highs. The results were kind of disappointing, but we love hunting for new apps that we can suggest and we decided to take another stab at it.

This week the goal remains the same:

  • Find an app with less than 100k installs
  • Come up with a one or two sentence pitch that encourages users to install it
  • Submit your suggested app in the comments below or in this weekly thread

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

Week 1 winner: Minimal Reader

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

We monitored the installs, download clicks, review scores, and more to see which app came out on top and Minimal Reader was the winner from last week. This basic app just displays a RSS feed as a desktop widget, but it appears that simplicity was a winner with our readers.

After doing some more research, we found Minimal Reader has been around since last year. The app was already reviewed by Android Central and Phandroid, but it saw a major spike in daily installs when it was upgraded to version 2.4 on March 31st. The latest version of Minimal Reader features a complete redesign, new pop-up headers, new backgrounds, and a new option to show full articles on the 4×2 static widget.

I attempted to install it on my Galaxy Nexus, but I wasn’t able to get it working. Minimal Reader never appeared in my add widgets section, but maybe I’m an idiot and I’m doing it wrong. The average user review score is still 4.0, so the developer Joaquim Vergès still has some room for improvement.

Update: There is a known bug in Android 4.0 that requires a reboot before newly installed widgets will appear.

Check out the free version below, or buy the paid version to remove the ads if you enjoy the app and want to support the developer.



Pitch: Bring DSLR-like photography to your smartphone. With AfterFocus, you can create DSLR-style background blurred photo by simply selecting focus area.



Submitted byRaveesh Bhalla

Pitch: Boosting your vocabulary has never been easier. We’ve curated images by hand that assist in helping our users remember the words thanks to visual association.



Pitch: Are you tired of downloading crappy games that are just… not that fun? Applorer is your very own game explorer that will help you discover only the best Android games everyday.



Pitch: A modified version of TweetDeck to fix some issues with the current Market release.


Generate ALL the memes

Pitch: Easy to use meme generator with over 130+ memes.



Pitch: Have you ever felt lost among tons of newly-added apps on Android Market and have no idea of which apps really attract you? AppBox is the best way to discover the perfect apps.


MLB.com At the Ballpark

Pitch: This official MLB ballpark application perfectly complements and personalizes your trip with mobile check-in, social media, offers, rewards and exclusive content.


Battery HD

Pitch: Instantly know for how long you can use each app.


Tasks Free

Pitch: Tasks brings the full Google Tasks experience to Android.



Submitted by: Clark Wimberly

Pitch: Flipboard for videos. It’s like a little magical TV that fits in your pocket.


What’s next? How can I participate?

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

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.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I love articles like this that introduce me to great new apps that I would have otherwise never known about! Keep this series up, please! :-)

  • Joaquim Vergès

    Hey guys, thanks for the feature! I’m honoured.

    For the bug of new widgets not appearing on the widget list, it’s a stock ICS launcher bug :( just reboot your phone and you should see them appear.

    Btw, I’m working on a twitter widget ATM, I’m in love with it :) It loads webpages previews instantly when clicking on a tweet, simple and efficient !

    Give it a try : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jv.minimaltwidget

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Yup. I noticed that the day I got my Nexus. Need to restart the device. Royal Pain on Google’s part. But thanks for showing up. Looks like you have a great app there.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks for dropping by. Will check out Minimal Twidget and try to feature it next week.

  • dcds

    Minimal reader doesn’t appear in widget list on my galaxy nexus.

    Lots of people experiencing the same. In which device did you guys test it?

    • dcds

      Ah, ok, i see now about the bug report. Sorry about it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “I attempted to install it on my Galaxy Nexus, but I wasn’t able to get it working. Minimal Reader never appeared in my add widgets section, but maybe I’m an idiot and I’m doing it wrong.”

    This is an ICS Problem. Some widgets don’t show up until you restart the device. And it is very much a pain in the as.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks. Thought it was something simple.

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    AfterFocus and Battery HD are totally in the early lead.

  • Marcofromda510


    Android’s Answer to Apple’s TweeGram for Instagram. You can use it for Instagram or just share the created image which ever way you choose.Starting out with only 4 templates, its first update has already brought it up to 10. Being a day old with it being marked at only 1,000+ downloads I believe to make this a prime candidate for #thenextinstall

    • Marcofromda510

      I forgot to login originally, does it still count? lol

  • bolanrox

    did anyone notice any huge spike in battery draw from Minimal Reader? I currently do not have any widgets running, and have been great what i assume after reading the reviews, really good battery life with my Gnex, just wondering.

    I will probably d/l this this weekend and see how it goes.

  • Futureboy

    AfterFocus is pretty slick.
    I’m digging this #thenextinstall feature.