May 08 AT 10:29 AM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Top 10 most popular apps from last week: AirDroid, Solid Explorer, Apex Launcher


Every week we cover Android gaming on Wednesday, followed by Top 10 app updates on Friday. Now every Monday (or Tuesday) 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 from your peers.

1. AirDroid


Debuting at the top spot in our weekly roundup is AirDroid. This app is a fast, free service that lets you wirelessly manage your Android device from your favorite browser. The developer released a major update this week that added a ton of new features. Our very own Clark loves this app and uses it daily, so check it out if you need a way to manager your phone from your desktop PC.

2. AfterFocus


Wow, really guys? AfterFocus remains in the top 2 spots on our site for the 4rd week in a row. We know you love camera apps and the developer just released another update, but even I’m surprised that this app has such staying power. If you haven’t tried it yet and want to create DSLR-style background blurred photos, then download it from the link below.

3. Shot Control


Shot Control won week 3 of #thenextinstall and it jumped all the way up to our 3rd most popular app this week. If you prefer to just point and shoot pics and know nothing about photography, then this camera 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.

4. iris


Iris is the original Siri-clone and this week it saw a significant update that added several new features. I’m not a fan of the apps that let you talk with your phone, but this is one of the best reviewed ones with an average score of 4.2.

5. LogiType


LogiType claims they have a “new groundbreaking technology to give you the easiest and fastest touch-typing keyboard available for Android tablets.” I haven’t tried it out yet, but it has an average review score of 4.3 and I’ve heard mostly positive things about it. If you have an Android tablet and want to test out a new input method, check it out and let us know what you think.

6. Schemer


Google’s own Schemer finally opened up signups last week and new users are quickly joining the service. The app claims to help its users “start doing more awesome stuff.” The app integrates with Google+ and uses your circles to suggest the perfect scheme for the moment, which sounds like a cool idea. I’ve had access to Schemer for a couple months now and I have yet to really explore it, so maybe now is a good time to show it some love.

7. Apex Launcher


Last week Nova Launcher appeared in our Top 10 list, and this week Apex Launcher makes an appearance. Both of these launchers are the new kids on the block and target devices running Android 4.0. They provide a ton of tweaks for performance and customizations, but Apex has a slightly higher review score. Both are worth checking out if you love mixing your home screen up.

8. Weatherwise


Weatherwise returns this week but drops six spots down to number eight.. This weather widget looks pretty cool, but the free version only comes with a single skin. Additional themes will cost you $0.99. Average review scores have been stead at 4.3, so the early users have enjoyed the app thus far.

9. Oven Break


Oven Break from Com2uS is the only game to crack the Top 10 this week. It’s free so I gave it a try, but I was bored within minutes. Maybe the game gets better as you progress, but it didn’t keep my attention long enough to find out.

10. Solid Explorer Beta


Solid Explorer is amazing. The app is still in beta, but it’s already one of the best looking file managers I have tried on Android. I guarantee you this app will return next week and it should be in the top three.  Try it out right now and tell me it’s not your new favorite file manager.

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  • Jorge Eslava

    I’m going to try Airdroid

    • Homncruse

      My morning caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet. I read that as: “I’m going to try Android”.

  • Nivki

    I will just have to try them all, won’t I?

  • jaxidian

    My thoughts on the ones I’m familiar with:

    AirDroid LOVE it! I’ve been running the new version for a couple weeks now and the new features are very nice!

    Schemer I’ve had this for months and haven’t really been a fan. Seems like another annoying thing to nag you to do your social media job but doesn’t really give you a whole lot back. Sorry Google, but try again!

    Apex Launcher I personally prefer Nova Launcher over Apex Launcher, but this is really the same old ADW vs LauncherPro vs GoLauncher debate. They’re both great options and the fact that we have to wonderful options like this is awesome! If you’ve never tried it out, go do so – you very well may love it!

    Thoughts on unfamiliar apps:

    WeatherWise Not familiar with this but I’ve been looking for another weather app. I’ve recently been using 1Weather but I hate the widgets there. Thanks for a new suggestion!

    Solid Explorer Beta I think this will be an amazing app on a tablet or high-resolution phone! Downloading this right now! Thanks!!

  • Stigy

    I absolutely love AfterFocus – what a great app. The filters and aperture settings are a great touch.

    Highly recommended and I can easily see how it remains at the top of the list.

  • Jimmy_Jo

    AirDroid is great!!!

    AfterFocus is lovely. I’m not into Camera Apps or effects that much, but I tried this one and its a mainstay on my device.

    Apex has great features for the FREE version. You get more than Nova Launcher. I’m unsure if the paid versions are much different though.

    Solid Explorer looks pretty good but I don’t like to have redundant apps and ROM Toolbox already has this covered…

  • spazby

    airdroid is a must

  • VS

    Solid Explorer is a solid (pun!) app for something in beta. I was using it quite often this weekend while flashing a HTC CDMA Hero (old Sprint phone). However, I had to default to ROM Toolbox for system folders as SE Beta would get hung up loading items. The UI is very slick though.

    Logitype has a mixed opinion from me. I think I just need to adjust some settings, but I’m willing to try anything to upgrade from the default keyboard on Thrive 100.

    Usually not a fan of marktet photo apps, but I’ll have to give AfterFocus a shot (zing!).

  • Rajesh Narayanan

    Airdroid is awesome; iris is so-so. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • LinuxFrenzy

    Personally Solid Exlorer is the best file manager I have used on Android so far.I might give AirDroid a try I have been looking for something like this for a while.Thanks once again.

  • leaponover

    Can’t believe this launcher is making it in the top 10 with only 5% of Android devices on ICS. Yes, I realize many people root but it still doesn’t seem like it should be cracking the top 10. Where are these statistics coming from again?

    • Fuzzypaws

      The 5% statistic is out of date now that the HTC One line has launched. It’s been out for a few weeks internationally and is just rolling out in the US.

  • Miguel

    Solid explorer looks amazing but root explorer does everything I need. I did install Schemer, it make actually remain on my device. Promising app. After Focus is neat, offers different options without overloading me. Thanks for sharing.

  • apo

    Airdroid is simply amazing.
    Solid explorer is soo awesome with a nexus running a hybrid mod rom, takes full advantage of the screen, especially in landscape!

    I’m also really pleased to see that applications are starting to look nice visually: )

  • Shawn Clark

    Airdroid…nuff said

  • Kdawg

    I’m surprised Pirq didn’t make the list. Definitely one of the best apps available for Android. Gives you 50% off at tons of restaurants. For free…without having to pre-purchase anything. Maybe next week… ;)

  • Ryan Gails

    afterfocus is a great app! it’s really simple to use and makes pretty awesome pictures

  • Pradeep

    Loving Solid Explorer Beta. Thanks for the post!