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The Top 5 Android Apps You've Never Heard Of

Authored by: Steven Blum — Apr 4, 2012

The best Android apps aren't always the most talked-about. GMail, Facebook, Instagram...we all know the big name apps out there. But what about the less well-known apps that make your Android a breeze to use? A number of amazing apps fail to receive the press coverage they deserve, including the ones below. From the best anti-theft app to a futuristic automation app, these programs will make your Android even more useful than it already is. 

Screen Filter

Great apps don't have to have sophisticated concepts; some simply solve common problems. Take Screen Filter; this app reduces the brightness of your screen for night-time viewing. Thousands of happy customers report less eye strain after enabling this app for low-light gaming, web-browsing and e-book reading.


Parcels lets you track nearly every delivery company on planet earth simply by entering in your package number. With the integration of Google Maps, you can see every single place your package has visited. This app is another perfect example of a simple, easy to use service, flawlessly executed.


If you're trying to hide dirty pictures, passwords or sensitive information from friends and coworkers, you need this app. Next time your friend asks to borrow your Android, they can log into a guest account which can contain whatever you want – just a dialer perhaps, or only games. As of now, the feature is only available for rooted phones.


AutomateIt allows users to set phone profiles for certain conditions that are executed automatically. For example, you could set a location trigger so that every time you get into the car, your phone automatically does the following:

  • Turns volume up to max
  • Makes screen timeout set to never.
  • Opens google music.
  • Connects to stereo via bluetooth.
  • Sets screen brightness to "auto."

It's truly an amazing app.


This is one serious anti-theft app. With Cerberus, you can remotely control your Android through the website, remote control your Android via text message and automatically receive alerts if someone uses your phone with an unauthorized SIM card. All of this in addition to location tracking, remote wiping, and the ability to access a list of all calls sent and received by the phone. The folks at Cerberus have thought of just about every single way to catch a phone thief. Even better, the app itself only costs $2.99 for a lifetime of service.

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • mike C Apr 21, 2014 Link to comment

    SPLISTER is a cool Android app as well. You can use speech recognition to dictate a list and list items or even steps in one command , for instance a grocery list or recipe with each step. Much Faster than clicking that mic icon every time you want to add another list item like in other list apps. Creates notes, reminders, syncs with Google tasks, syncs with Google Calendar, has locations reminders too!, A steal at $1.50! Check it out:

  • SmarterApps Apr 4, 2012 Link to comment

    AutomateIt can do a lot more things on top of what's described above.

    For AutomateIt user guide and full list of features visit the following links:

    Free version:

    Pro version:

  • Sean Foster Apr 4, 2012 Link to comment

    Switch me is instantly usable for parents whose kids want to borrow their device for the games. Give them a profile that doesn't have data wireless or dailer!

    I may look into this for my Xoom.

  • Steven Blum Apr 4, 2012 Link to comment

    Switch Me looks amazing......we need to review it!

  • Alex M. Apr 4, 2012 Link to comment

    I use screen filter, Cerberus is best security firewall I found in market and switch me (hehe).

  • Cam charles Apr 4, 2012 Link to comment

    Ooh automatelt soundsa like something I need, the example given I do every day, twice, I used to have tasker but the things I used it for ics does automatically so I never got it again, the time is now I think

    Also surely screen filter is a bit of waste, it saves you what a press of a power bar button and being automated means it may switch to darker mode when un desired, just saying