Oct 18 AT 12:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 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.

Photo Punch

Pitch: The world’s first automatic image-punching app is here. Making hilarious, stunning, shocking, moving, and other types of evocative Photo Mashups has never been easier. Actually, it’s never really been possible before now. Photo Punch makes it so easy to cut-out exactly what you want from one image, and paste it into another. Now you can make incredible photo mashups like a pro in just second or less.



Pitch: Focus, defocus… the easiest way. Produce SLR camera like focus and defocus effect with your photos. Just open your pictures in easyFocus, play with the tools, create stunning focusing effects and save the creation. Its easy and simple.


News Fragments

Pitch: Read the news from all newspapers of your country filtered and sorted by Google News. Customizable topics with or without images. Fast and offline accessible. Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean ready.


Ugly Booth

Pitch: You don’t feel pretty when you look in a mirror!? Don’t worry, it could be worse… much worse! Find out with UglyBooth, an amazing and funny way to instantly make faces ugly on your Android device. Use UglyBooth on friends, family, colleagues or celebrities photos and share the result via email, MMS, FaceBook, Twitter.



Pitch: GoToMyPC gives you the freedom to go anywhere you choose and connect right to your Mac or PC. Enjoy easy remote access to your files, programs and email and increase your productivity wherever you go. To use this free app you must first have a GoToMyPC subscription. Don’t have one yet? Sign up for our free 30-day trial at www.gotomypc.com.


Bosch Toolbox

Pitch: For professional craftsmen! The Bosch Toolbox is a new and innovative collection of digital tools for professional craftsmen and other professionals. Download the digital toolbox now – totally free with no ads.


WiShare Beta

Pitch: WiShare is the free Wi-Fi cooperative app of the future connecting friends! Think back to your days in Pre-School, what is the number one golden rule that will always apply no matter how old you get? “Sharing is caring”. Share your Wi-Fi with friends without giving them the password. Control who uses it and when.


Keymonk Keyboard

Pitch: Type faster than ever before! Sweep words with both fingers twice as fast as Swype or SlideIT. A video is worth 10,000 words so check it out to see how Keymonk works.


Falcon for Twitter

Pitch: Falcon is a powerful widget that brings a full Twitter client to your homescreen! Read your Timeline and mentions without even opening an app. Open web pages (internal browser), pictures, videos and replies from any tweet in one tap. Fastest access to content ever !



Pitch: HISTORY Here is an interactive guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States, brought to you by HISTORY. The easy-to-use interface, photos, video and dynamic maps bring history to life anywhere in the country. Whether you’re on vacation or just running errands, the app makes it simple and fun to get the facts on the history hidden all around you, including amazing architecture, museums, battlefields, monuments, famous homes and much more!


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  • Nathan D.

    photography apps, nice. Also another keyboard app which is good, can never have enough keyboard options when you get bored with the one you have.

  • nivekkev

    HISTORY Here app sounds interesting, espcially if you travel a bit. May check that one out and see what history has been right under my nose all along…

    • Chris

      Try Google’s Field Trip too…works the same way but also includes art and pop culture info.

    • glennw

      I’m curious to see which will be better/more practical–this, or Google’s Field Trip.

      • Droidberg

        been using field trip since its debut on the play store ..and so far its pretty awesome ,but it usually gives me notifications while im driving ,therfore distracting me from the road since i get intrested and try reading it lol..

  • PacoBell

    I really don’t get WiShare. Why should I have to pay someone else just to share my own Wi-Fi? Am I paying for access to other people’s Wi-Fi access? It’s it like Fonera, then?

  • Scotty

    Is it me or does that look like the lg nexus in the falcon image? Looks wider than a galaxy nexus

    • Scott

      its the galaxy nexus just a stretched photo. Look at the speaker grill in that then the lg nexus. not the same

  • R.S

    Keymonk keyboard seems interesting; downloading now.

  • killuah

    i used falcon twitter widget for about 1-2 months now and its great! it can pretty much do anything i need, its free, it looks great (4 different themes) and is very slim & sleek. plus it gives you a button to launch your actual twitter app (in my case plume twitter client).

    in my opinion: best twitter app/widget out there.

    though echofon alpha seems interesting too, but is still in a very early stage.
    also tweet lanes is nice, but misses auto-update, which is pretty much the most important feature for a twitter app

  • icbolsh

    GoToMypc is not a free service. I used it for a long time, it is good but now I use Teamviewer. It is just as good if not better. Best of all it is a free service for personal use. I control my PC From my phone or tablet while travelling.

  • Deloris D.

    If you are new to computers, or plan on getting into them in a big way, you can see how much you already know by taking a computer quiz. I got 5110 points, so far.


    It’s for Android devices only.

  • h0ruza

    The history app is an overdue idea. Looking forward to it including the rest of the world.

    Would love a blend of this app, layer and street view. Imagine using a slider to reverse time on your surroundings.

  • raichleb

    I think it’s cool that you title this feature “Android Rookies.” But I bought my OG Droid way back in November of 2009 and I download 1 or 2 of these rookie apps every week. Great stuff! Please keep it up.

    • raichleb

      OK, so it’s the apps that are rookies, not the users. D’uh. Can’t delete the comment; still love the column.

  • uknowme

    Taylor I’m kinda surprised you haven’t mentioned Google Gesture Search. It’s a novelty but still kind of cool.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Mentioned it in the updates article last week.

      • uknowme

        Oh ok, I somehow missed it.

  • ahmed eaksld

    You guys should SeriesGuide into your list. Its a tv show tracker for Android. I use it nearly everyday and its super useful. It is also a relatively new app. Learn more about it here: http://appdigy.com/281/track-your-tv-shows-with-your-android/

    • Nathan J

      SeriesGuide is not a new app, but I do believe it was updated recently. I’ve been using it for months, maybe a year. Big fan of it. If it had some kind of web sync it would be golden. If it worked with FollowMyTV, that would be cool too. But remembering what episode I’m on? It’s perfect for that. Especially shows I’ve seen, but my wife hasn’t, and we’re watching them together. Like Breaking Bad. I know we’re in Season 2, but I’d have to look to see what episode we’re on.

  • Nathan J

    Keymonk looks neat. What I really like about it is the borderless design.

    Best keyboard you can get? A Bluetooth keyboard. I just got one for my birthday. Best keyboard ever. You can get ‘em for as little as $15 USD on Newegg, they look like the bottom half of a QWERTY phone, with the screen broke off. But mine is a full notebook sized keyboard, with the flat (iMac style) keys. I’m used to taller keys that click, so it takes some getting used to. Oh, and here’s the best/worst part: If you’re a SwiftKey user, or you use some keyboard that does predictions, you still get the predictions — just hit the accompanying number to enter that word. I say it’s also the worst because, what if you want to type a number? That’s when I switch to the AOSP keyboard and ditch the predictions. Still pretty neat though.

    Otherwise, I’m in the TouchPal v5 beta (you can get in by emailing and asking) but like all the others, it has its flaws. A real fun one? Capitalizing a word and the previous word gets capitalized as well. Betas are fun. Otherwise it’s regular TouchPal with a cool font. Worth looking into. And it’s free (full TouchPal 4.x and the beta).