Jul 02 AT 4:36 PM Steve Raycraft 2 Comments

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out


New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play Store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Android L Keyboard

Android L

Description: The keyboard from the Android L Developer Preview, modified to run as a standalone app by Chrisch1974 and I. Free, no ads, no bloat. No root required. Old users who can’t change to Material may need a reinstall. To show Emojis button, hold down Enter key.




Description: Inside is a real-time mobile news app, designed to be the most efficient way to stay informed. Each day, Inside delivers hundreds of the world’s most important and fascinating stories, all selected and written by our team of talented news curators.





Description: Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. Try a variety of immersive demos on Android, and get inspired to build your own using the VR Toolkit at http://g.co/cardboard.


YouTube Creator Studio

YouTube Creator Studio

Description: The official YouTube Creator Studio app makes it faster and easier to manage your channel on the go. Check out your latest stats, respond to comments and get customized notifications so you can stay connected from anywhere.


Parrot Flower Power

Parrott Flower

Description: The application connects your Flower Power to the Parrot Cloud (via 3G/4G or Wi-Fi) where the data is analyzed. After the data is analyzed, you receive an alert in real time when one of your plants has special water, fertilizer, light or temperature needs.




Description: Nudge brings all of your healthy living together in one app with one score. Connect Nudge with your favorite health-tracking apps and wearables like RunKeeper, Moves, Fitbit and more to see how your Nudge Factor stacks up against your friends.




Description: It is the simplest way to turn your pictures into stories. Transform everyday photos into cherished memories you’ll want to share with friends and family for generations.


NBC Sports Tour de France

Tour de France

Description: Experience the 2014 Tour de France like never before…watch every stage LIVE on your Android handheld or tablet device. And track the peloton in real-time with interactive maps and profiles. It’s as close as you can get to the Tour without a passport!


VLC for Android Beta


Description: VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices and network streaming protocols. This is a BETA version of the port of VLC media player to the Androidâ„¢ platform. It plays both audio and video.


Heads Up! – notifications

Heads Up

DescriptionNever miss your notifications! During the intensive game, or during hard work – Heads Up! will always save your day. This app will let you receive floating notifications from selected apps which you will be able to dismiss – or, if you want, they will disappear all by themselves.


I was first introduced to Android with the Samsung Fascinate and I've been hooked ever since. I love the customization that Android offers the user to personalize their phone. I enjoy writing and have been blessed with the opportunity to share this passion for Android with others.

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  • Diabsoud

    VLC’s on this this list??? Hm…ok!

    • russieb

      I believe VLC has only just been made available in North America via the Play Store.