Even Android’s own fans acknowledge that Google Play’s app store needs a lot of improvement when it comes to discovering new apps put out by small developers. With that in mind, we’ve decided to point out some terrific new Android apps that you’ve probably never heard of before, as recommended by members of Reddit’s Android community. Below you’ll find 10 of the most promising little-used Android apps we’ve found alongside brief descriptions and pricing information for each.
Ever have a word on the tip of your tongue that you just couldn’t remember no matter hard you try? Well of course you have, but now Reverse Dictionary is here to help you out. All you have to do is type a description of the word that you want to use and the app will bring up a bunch of different suggestions for what word you could be looking for. So for instance, if you type in “small business owner,” Reverse Dictionary will give you suggestions such as “entrepreneur” and “proprietor.”
Lockscreen Shortcuts Pro
There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to access your favorite apps from your lock screen if you don’t want to and Lockscreen Shortcuts gives you the power to do just that by letting you add up to 15 customizable app shortcuts to your lock screen. The app will only work with devices that let you add widgets to your lock screen, however, so you may want to make sure that your device is compatible before downloading it.
If you’re a compulsive app downloader who has trouble organizing everything you’ve installed on your phone then you may want to consider using App Dialer, which lets you “dial up” any apps you have by using a classic phone dialer that brings up apps for you based on the first few numbers you type in. So for instance, if you click on “2” and “4,” which both contain the letters “C” and “H,” App Dialer will guess that you may be trying to bring up the Chrome browser. The app will prioritize apps by how often you use them so you should be able to quickly access all your favorites without having to dig through folders.
Price: Free, with optional in-app purchases
SuperBeam PRO promises to be the quickest and easiest way to zip large files quickly from one Android device to another. The app lets you pair two Android devices using NFC, QR Code Scanning or a manual sharing key, after which you can transfer files between them with Wi-Fi direct. The PRO version is preferable to the free version because it gets rid of ads and it gives you access to manual sharing keys that will help you transfer files to devices that don’t come with NFC connectivity.
Smart IR Remote
This looks like one of the most impressive remote control apps we’ve seen yet on a smartphone. Developed by Color Tiger, this is an IR universal remote app that covers a whopping 700,000 different remotes and lets you use your Android device serve as your one remote control for your TV, set-top box, stereo and much, much more. The app is significantly more expensive than any of the other apps we’ve featured here but if you’re tired of having a basket full of remote controls whose batteries you constantly have to replace, then Smart IR Remote might definitely be worth your time.