Mar 21 AT 5:46 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 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.



Pitch: MathStep is a symbolic pocket calculator with a complete CAS (Computer Algebra System) built-in. That means that it can solve math problems for you! It has an expression editor with a live preview and even gives you hints to solving a problem by yourself for some operations.


Map of the Internet


Pitch: Map of the Internet is a 3D visualization of all the networks worldwide that are interconnected to form the Internet. The map shows ISPs, Internet exchange points, universities, and other organizations that route traffic online.




Pitch: SO.HO is an Android launcher that brings your Facebook and Twitter feeds to life visually on your homescreen. Just unlock your phone and you can switch easily between Twitter and Facebook without having to dive in and out of different apps. With SO.HO on your homescreen you never miss what’s going on.




Pitch: Game Front’s “Video Walkthroughs, Game Guides & Cheats” app is the first and only free video walkthrough library available in the app store! It’s a perfect, one-of-a-kind couch companion for any gamer. Updated daily, the app is packed with helpful videos showing: cheats, achievements, trophies, unlockables and full game walkthroughs for dozens of top AAA games like Skyrim, Black Ops 2 and Halo 4.




Pitch: Toss out the scissors and let your Android camera do the clipping. Simply snap a picture of any printed offer, and SnipSnap magically converts all the text, images and barcodes into a mobile-optimized offer, which you can redeem off your screen.




Pitch: Snapdragon BatteryGuru extends battery performance and improves overall user experience by intelligently making changes that optimize Snapdragon device functionality. Available as a Beta release at this time, Snapdragon BatteryGuru supports a majority of Snapdragon powered devices in North America and European Union at this time and we are working rapidly to support additional Snapdragon powered devices and regions in the coming months.


Best Android Apps


Pitch: Stop sifting through all those apps, get the best apps and games sent to you with a beautiful and curated app guide. Apps are conveniently sent to you for quick access. There is a lot of information provided with each such as pros and cons, an in-depth review and advice on whether you should download or buy an app. It’s easy to build your own list of favorite apps and you can share with friends & family on social media or even by text message.


Buzz Launcher


Pitch: Buzz Launcher is a new concept launcher which enables you to apply others’ Homescreens to your own smartphone. Download Homescreens best suited for your taste and preferences via Homepack Buzz Service. Homescreens will be applied instantly. Don’t you want to share your awesome Homescreen with others? Share it now! Friends all around the world will be excited to check out your Homescreen.




Pitch: Welcome to CamWeather, the first app for Android that allows you to combine the local weather and the city name with a beautiful picture to show off to your friends. From Barcelona to Paris, from London to New York, from Bangkok to Tokyo: amaze your friends with incredible pictures with an extra touch of class!


Movie Twist


Pitch: Movie Twist is the first real Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered movie search and exploration app, therefore offering many different tools to make it easy to discover movies. We have chosen a new approach based on detailed profiles of the movies, integrated with a bunch of AI technologies that enable new and flexible approaches to finding movies to watch. You can use the explore tool, setting parameters for aspects such as loving, funny, violent, thrilling, and clever, and/or set genre, and/or set details about aspects such year, drugs, pace and so on.


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  • surg3d

    Definitely gonna check out Buzz Launcher, looks promising. Love these Rookie columns by the way!

  • nikhilverma

    Game front , battery guru, buzz launcher and cam weather are the ones for me.

  • uknowme

    Game Front is pretty cool, thanks.

  • scubabum

    Will try MathStep. Reminds me of Wolfram Mathematica.

  • cthonctic

    MathStep is pretty cool. Aside from the must-have Wolfram|Alpha, I already have a few older (and uglier) apps that allow formula / complex expression input and function drawing but this one is likely going to replace a few of those.

  • OutofPlace

    The CamWeather app is a seriously goofy idea for an app. Let’s marry a picture of the city with weather data and share it with my friends.

    It would be perfect for my 70 year old mother-in-law. After all, people in her age groups’ lives revolve around the weather.

    “What’s the temperature outside? Let’s see if Myrtle posted a picture of it on the FacePages!”

    Maybe they can add a snapshot of the Fox News feed at the time the picture was taken too…

  • Dannyhyu

    Sidebar lite/pro is a pretty cool sidebar launcher app. Has some really neat additions with a load of customization and some great updates. Plus it doubles as a task manager as well which is pretty sweet. Along with its widgets and shortcuts that you can add, not just apps, it’s a pretty well rounded app that should definitely be up there. Fairly new too being only about a month old and coming from a small XDA developer.

  • nimslake

    I don’t see myself trying any of the above, but it is worth digging around to see or find one that would. :-)

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  • donger

    Interesting apps to try.

  • Pravas

    Gotta try the battery guru.

    • iamXiV92a

      I tried Battery Guru and noticed that when I used data a lot, it would automagically turn on my WiFi. Everyone’s results vary – I disabled it after a while – may go back again though

  • da9el

    i did try the battery guru on the nex4 but there wasn’t really a great change. i tried it because the app is from qualcomm. now i switched back to juice defender, which works pretty well.

  • NasLAU

    Game front looks cool but Buzz launcher looks awesome. I always see cool home screens on but I t try them because some look like they would take forever to customize. This app seems to make it so much easier to experiment. I’m definitely trying it.

  • Alex Pena

    Buzz launcher looks interesting…

  • mastmax

    SnipSnap is not that much effective

  • rr2009

    Mathstep is here to save the day!

  • paoloV

    CAM weather…really a great app…reccomended to try.

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