Oct 11 AT 12:36 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Android Rookies: 10 new apps worth checking out this week


New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of new entries on the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We have shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and launch them to new heights, so we’re bringing back our weekly column Android Rookies that highlights new apps with less than 100k installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Dolphin Jetpack

Pitch: Get Dolphin Jetpack – the fastest and free mobile browser with the deadly combination of Dolphin Browser and Dolphin Engine. Dolphin Jetpack uses Dolphin’s very own HTML5 rendering engine that powers Dolphin for the best HTML5 web game and web app experiences.



Pitch: Find the perfect restaurant. Be a critic. Now 100% free and re-built from the ground up. Browse over 30,000 restaurants in the world’s top dining destinations. Concise ratings and reviews you can trust.



Pitch: Snappiest offline topo maps. Plan-track-analyze-share your outdoor adventures. Know exactly which direction you are going. Uncluttered map area, with unobtrusive controls and a traditional scale with track duration and distance. Hardware-accelerated map drawing allows smooth and snappy display even with tens of thousands of track points.


KIDO’Z Play Mode

Pitch: The ultimate App for kids! KIDO’Z turns Phones, Tablets & PCs into kids’ friendly devices for playing and learning with the latest and greatest kids’ Apps, Videos and online content delivered directly to your child.


Sketch Guru

Pitch: SketchGuru is a professional app to make you an artist by creating pencil sketch of your photos. Pick a picture from your gallery or capture one from your camera to generate the sketch.


TunnelBear VPN

Pitch: Rawwr! VPN made simple with TunnelBear! Indigenous to the internet, TunnelBear provides safe-passage and privacy for Android tablets and phones to experience the internet from other countries. A free TunnelBear gives you a hearty amount of free “tunneling” each and every month. Upgrade your bear and receive unlimited tunneling and even stronger “bear-grade” encryption.


Morning Bird Alarm Clock

Pitch: Morning Bird Alarm Clock – The Only Natural Way to Wake Up. Do you like nature especially birds? Do you have problem waking up in the morning? Do normal alarm clock appear very boring to you? If your answers to the above questions are yes, you have found the right app.


Lemon Wallet

Pitch: Your smarter wallet. Lemon Wallet allows you to store a digital copy of all of your cards–ID, insurance, loyalty and payment cards–so you can access them whenever you need. Take a picture of everything in your wallet, and let Lemon create a digital version.



Pitch: Launch your emulated games – in style! GameShelf is an app for cataloging your ROM collection, with a sleek Holo interface. Instantly launch your favorite old games. GameShelf is not an emulator. Launch your favorite games for the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Gameboy (Color and Advanced), and SEGA Genesis.


Ovo Timer

Pitch: Ovo is a nifty timer that never lets you down. Boil the perfect egg; brush your teeth for two minutes and not a second more; have an exact ten-minute run. Live your life with the precision of a Samurai.


Get your new app featured on Android Rookies: Want to get your new app in front of thousands of influential Android users? One sponsored placement per week is now available. We will feature your Android app at the top of the list and it will be marked as sponsored. Contact us for more details with “sponsored app” in the subject line.

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  • Will

    I love this series… Thank you so much!
    Within the last few weeks I have installed several new apps!!!

    • LukeT32

      I have used the Dolphin Beta browser with good luck….. but I don’t stray to far from chrome.

      And does Lemon Wallet do NFC?

  • Pierre Paour

    I’ve been reading Android and Me for years and I would have never expected to see my app (MyTrails) featured here today. Thanks for the great surprise!

    • joshua

      Congrads! You know we love our devs in the android community! :)

  • Daniel

    Im going to be launching my own Android game in a couple weeks and would hugely appreciate it if you could help to raise some awareness, you can check out its Google+ page here:

    Thanks so much in advance, its great to see you raising awareness for these lesser known apps :)

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

    Said it before and will say it again – LOVE these articles! :-D

  • Mime Wolfson

    @Pierre Paour- I featured your app on “Droid of the Day” today as well. You are getting some great props for a great app. Keep up the great work.

    • Pierre Paour

      Incredible! Thank you very much for your support!

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    “Ovo is a nifty timer that never lets you down.”

    I was seriously expecting it to also say it’ll never give me up.

  • BiDuSoft

    I am so happy and surprised to see my app featured on AndroidandMe. Thank you so much for all your kind attention and for appreciating my app. I am very grateful for all the support. Thank you AndroidAndMe and the fellow readers !!! I love you all !!

    • Mariana

      which one is your app BiDuSoft?

      • Mariana

        I see Morning Bird Alarm Clock :) nice app good luck

  • Vance

    Just bought Every Trail Pro yesterday damnit. Excited to give MyTrails a try, thanks! Lemon Wallet looks awesome too for getting all my travel rewards card out of my bag. <3 Android development community.

    • Pierre Paour

      I’ll add support for track sharing on EveryTrail soon.

  • Mariana

    maybe the next week you will talk about Alarm Plus Millenium, cause i tryed it and beleive me it is one of the best tools i have ever used :)