May 22 AT 3:03 PM Taylor Wimberly 26 Comments

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out


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 Fresh Meat 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: Let’s face it the stock Android Messaging app really sucks! So time for something new, something pretty damn special, right? It’s here! It’s called Textra; a feature rich complete SMS and MMS replacement app. Textra is a seriously beautiful way to text.




Pitch: Whisper is an anonymous social network that lets you share confessions, express yourself and meet new people. With Whisper you can connect with other people who think & feel the same way you do about things. Whisper is a great place to meet people, whether you’re looking for new friends, searching for your soulmate, or just someone to laugh with!


Listen & Speak


Pitch: Speak the foreign language like a native with “Listen & Speak”. It uses an advanced learning technique where short language patterns are read, understood, and pronounced in sequence. The application then analyzes your pronunciation, telling you how well you have done. You can also directly compare your recording to the reference version. By going through the set of such patterns you quickly built up the necessary skills and become proficient in speaking freely the language of your choice.




Pitch: EasilyDo gets you the right information and gets things done. It tells you when to leave to arrive on time, monitors for important emails and friends’ news, warns you of bad weather, tracks packages, files receipts, and even helps you celebrate birthdays. Information automatically appears when you need it — no more digging through multiple apps!




Pitch: What if you could navigate the vast musical universe by swiping your fingertip across a screen? To get started, all you have to do is enter an artist or music genre. Then Taste Filter springs into action, delving into a database that includes thousands of musicians and millions of songs to instantly suggest similar music that you may enjoy.




Pitch: Park your car smarter and faster with ParkMe, the world’s largest and most accurate database of parking info. View informative maps of parking lots and garages in your area. Check parking rates, see prices laid out on the map and compare costs. See real-time info on exactly how many spots are open in a particular garage or lot.


Fraction Plus


Pitch: I’m Fraction Calculator Plus and I’m the best and easiest way to deal with everyday fraction problems. Whether you’re checking homework, preparing recipes, or working on craft or even construction projects, I can help.




Pitch: Clueful for Android is a free product that shows you how installed apps use, and possibly abuse, your personal information and treat your privacy. You’d be surprised how many things an app can learn about you. Without you ever knowing it. Clueful is like your own personal “Privacy Consultant” giving you detailed info as to what your installed apps are doing in the background without your knowledge.




Pitch: With CellMaps Mobile Coverage, you can quickly map network coverage by operator and technology on your Android device. This application does not use crowd-sourced data or your device’s current signal strength for displaying cellular information; it provides a view of each operator’s marketed coverage area and the ability to check and compare networks in the premium version.




Pitch: Soundhalo is an evolutionary new platform that allows music lovers to buy, share and own artist endorsed live video and audio recordings as it happens. Fans can now purchase and download the actual performance as it unfolds, whether they are at the gig or on the other side of the globe.


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  • Dirk Schrama

    Tried 3 apps. None of them available in the Netherlands

  • ajonrichards

    I just downloaded and installed Textra. I’m not really sure what it offers over the default messaging app. It looks like an almost exact copy of the Cyanogenmod messaging app.

    • Arthur

      I am on stock Android on my N4 and being able to assign individual sounds to contacts messages as well as control which LED color is for which person is good enough for me. Interface wise, its more of a personal choice, its a bit more colorful and not as minimal as the stock interface.

    • VS

      I tried Textra as well, but LED color adjustment was hit or miss (would show the appropriate color when I turned on the screen, not when it was off). It has a clean display, but has limited options (like not being able to change bubble color or overall theme).

      I’ll stick with the Sony modified default SMS app for now, will check this out once it’s more robust.

    • Ironzey Lewis

      Does it handle group text like Windows Phone and iOS? This is my wife’s only complaint about Android. She gets a group text and it comes in as a series of individual messages from each participant.

      • LukeT32

        I believe that is an issue with certain phones…

        I have some group messages that I receive replies in the group message, and some I receive individually. I have no idea what triggers it.

      • James Heath

        Whatysapp is perfect for group messages. I have a group which my 4 brothers all see……… Make a group,all in group accept, and when any of us comment on the group……we all see it. Excellent

    • EdH2Os

      Does Trextra offer pop-up text notifications?

    • Pax

      I love the messaging app on my Nexus 4..Textra looks aweful…

  • David

    What is wrong with the default Android messaging app? Does what it needs to do with a nice clean interface.

  • killrgummibear

    wait textra is from delicious the same ppl that made chompSMS…i wonder why they have 2 different sms replacement apps

  • pjamies

    I use Handcent SMS, this has got to be the best SMS app on the market.
    It has options, etc.. up the Ying/Yang, and said to be the most downloaded on GP.

    • Joshua

      Go SMS pro is 100 times better than handcent…unless somehow handcent caught up with updates or something. Go SMS pro hasn’t been around as long as handcent ( I had that on my G1), but I guarantee it is being used more than Handcent in general population.

  • scubabum

    ParkMe is what I need for my next trip.

  • R.S

    Tried both Textra and Clueful.

    Textra was no better than standard text app. In fact, I prefer the standard one. Mind you, I don’t care about emojis or group texting.

    Clueful gave me a privacy score of 49 due to 19 moderate privacy risks. Some of these 19 moderate risk apps consist of Speed Test, Lookout, Barcode scanner, Google Voice, Swiftkey, Swype, Google +, Nova Launcher, and several other common apps.

    So either this app over exaggerates the privacy risk or my phone’s privacy has completely been compromised.

  • HeadDoc

    Damn. THIS is why I have an HTC One X+. I need those 64 GB after reading articles like this. Want WANT WANT!!!!

  • donger

    Few of this weeks’ apps seem interesting and worth a download.

  • nikhilverma

    ParkMe app has an innovative idea. Really helpful these days.
    And Clueful is just great , we should know what we are getting into.

  • Carlos icee0711

    Clueful is a decent app and all. But I had to explain to my dad last night that its okay for Google maps to check his location. Between the news and clueful, my dad is starting to fear his apps are spying on him and that he’s getting viruses. I swear they are preying on peoples fear of windows viruses. Additionally, he is my current example but not the only “average” person I’ve had mention it to me.

    • Nicolas

      I do agree ! All this “spy” stuff is only to make Android “Antivir” software make money.

  • Steve

    Always love your posts on new apps

  • Pete

    Sliding Messaging is a much better replacement than Textra…

  • heinz

    why are these fuking apps country restricted? :#*!?

  • Dan Jones

    I love TasteFilter, but why’d they change the name from Pandora?

  • Becka Archer

    Hey, what about Amazing Flashlight for Android. It is considered by many as the best flashlight /torch app for android. Please check out.

  • Vipul

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