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Best unknown Android apps you need to check out

The Google Play Store is full of wonders, but many of its apps remain undiscovered because they're not eye-catching enough, not PR-friendly enough or just not lucky enough. This list is a tribute to the brilliant but lesser-known Android apps, now including one that turns your phone into a remote control, and a great way to search for movies and TV shows online. 

Unified Remote

Unified Remote turns your Android phone into a remote control for your PC or laptop, allowing you to use it as a mouse, keyboard, screen mirror and more.

It offers a number of presets for popular programs such as Spotify, Netflix and VLC media player, meaning you can remotely skip a song, or turn a movie's volume down without going near your computer. 

To unlock all the functionality of Unified Remote you'll need to upgrade to the full version, which costs US$3.99, but there is a well-regarded and frequently updated free version available too. For control-freaks like me, it's essential. 

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Control all your favorite programs on your computer, from your smartphone. / © ANDROIDPIT
Unified Remote Install on Google Play


You might be aware of JustWatch because we have written about it before, but it’s still had relatively few downloads for an app that presents such a useful function. If you’re looking for movies or TV shows online, JustWatch shows you if they are available and from which – legal – source. Best of all, its brilliant search function includes free TV shows and movies too. 

JustWatch is something of a work in progress and it might still be a while before it's completely solid. But if you want a quick and easy way to find high-quality versions of a particular TV show or film or browse through what's currently on sale across the web, give it a go.

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JustWatch integrates with free and paid services to find the content you want. / © ANDROIDPIT
JustWatch - Movies & TV Shows Install on Google Play

Portal by Pushbullet

If you're a regular AndroidPIT reader, you've probably heard us rave about Pushbullet in the past, but did you know the Pushbullet team has released an awesome new app called Portal? Portal is a Wi-Fi file transferring app, so you can quickly transfer files from your PC to your phone over Wi-Fi, avoiding data charges and link-following on your phone.

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Simply pair your phone to your computer for near-instant Wi-Fi file transfers. / © ANDROIDPIT

Simply make the connection via a QR code, drag and drop files into Portal on your computer and watch your automatically sorted files appear on your phone. It's fast, it doesn't use your data and it's easy to use. Brilliant.

Portal - WiFi File Transfers Install on Google Play

Run Pee

If you're of the micro-bladder persuasion you probably find yourself struggling to get through a film without missing chunks of narrative every time you need to hit the restroom. But what if there were an app that could tell you the best times for a pee break when you wouldn't really miss anything important happening on-screen? Well, there is.

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Run Pee is pretty much the most useful app ever. / © ANDROIDPIT

Run Pee can alert you with a timer at the most opportune toilet break moments and provide you with a brief synopsis of what you're missing while you're out of the theater. You'll get pee break durations, recommended pee breaks and breakdowns of why a particular pee break is a good or bad choice. Welcome to the future, my friends.

RunPee. Install on Google Play


If you love knowing what's going on – but don't want to invest the time or energy into constantly paying attention – then Hooks is the app for you. Hooks lets you set up notifications for basically anything you care about: it's kind of like a DIY Google Now. Choose from existing recipes (to borrow an IFTTT term) or request new ones.

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Hooks will keep you notified of absolutely anything you're interested in. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sure, it takes a little while to set up, but one you've done it, you'll always be informed about the stuff you care about. You can set up notifications for shows you like that are about to start, sports team goals, Twitch streams, lottery results, weather, concert and festival info, horoscopes, shipment tracking, new online courses – whatever.

Challenger Comics Viewer

Comics are a perfect fit for the increasingly vivid screens that feature on new phones and tablets. There have been plenty of attempts to faithfully bring the comic/graphic novel experience to Android devices, but this is one of the best. Challenger Comics Viewer is a free app with no ads, which lets you view comics in countless formats.

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The next best thing to actually reading a real vintage comic book. / © ANDROIDPIT

You can pinch-to-zoom, change viewing modes, and adjust settings like contrast and brightness to optimize whatever you're reading for your eyes. Nothing quite recreates the experience of holding an actual vintage comic in your hands, but Comics Viewer gives it a great shot.

Challenger Comics Viewer Install on Google Play

SleepBot - Sleep Cycle Alarm

Put the accelerometer in your Android phone to the best possible use. SleepBot - Sleep Cycle Alarm monitors your movements in bed when you're asleep. This app tracks fluctuations between deep sleep and light sleep cycles throughout the night and lets you set an alarm window in which it wakes you up when you're in a light sleep phase.

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SleepBot can even record those weird noises you make in the night. / © Sleepbot

There is scientific evidence to suggest that waking up during a light sleep phase can be better for your well-being than getting an extra couple of hours sleep, so this alarm clock could be a life-changer. Even just knowing what your sleep patterns are like can help you plan a more restful night's sleep.

SleepBot - Sleep Cycle Alarm Install on Google Play

Secret Escapes

If you're a fan of deal apps and sites, don’t miss Secret Escapes, an app that offers deals all around the world for up to 70 percent off the original price. It’s free and also offers an offline mode so you can select reservations while when not online, plus you can set reminders for upcoming sales.

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We all deserve a break sometimes. We deserve discounted breaks even more. / © ANDROIDPIT

You can choose from hand-picked hotels and holiday destinations up to a year in advance, be inspired with great recommendations and make use of the last-minute feature for those quick weekend getaways. Now you really have no excuse not to take a holiday.

Secret Escapes Install on Google Play

Ask Me Anything - Reddit AMA

Last but not least on our list of apps that don’t get enough recognition is Ask Me Anything - Reddit AMA. This is the official Reddit app that exclusively features interviews between people of interest (celebrities, inventors, sports stars, politicians) and the Reddit community. The best part is: you're the interviewer. 

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If you don't know Reddit that well, AMAs are pretty much its backbone. / © ANDROIDPIT

Ask Me Anything - Reddit AMA is perfect if you find the wormhole that is Reddit a daunting. The AMA section is one of the most popular and informative parts of the entire site, and the AMA app puts it right at your fingertips. It lets you choose from a bunch of categories, track upcoming AMAs, read old interviews, ask your own questions and be alerted when a particular interviewee is active. 

Ask Me Anything - reddit AMA Install on Google Play

Have you tried any of these? Which unknown Android apps have you discovered recently? Share your tips in the comments. 


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  • you should give a try to Xwidgets, This app is small (2.5mb) having 1400 beautiful widgets for home screen,

  • Georeader checks all the boxes for unknown as well. Automatically reads out loud historical markers to you as drive by them.

  • this is a nice unsung gem its been around for a while, yet only has 100 downloads. thats right. its called multiwindow by music amp its a simple slide out bar on either the left or right side of your screen. there are many like it were this app really shines is not in the apps you choose to put on the bar, but the ones that come with it. the bottom half of the bar is yours to put a good amount of Apps in I have four or five the too half is reserved for the apps that come with it and not annoying apps with ads either. it features a calculator a notepad a browser a music and gallery shortcut you don't have to do anything your music and pics are already there flashlight camera and every single one pops up in a small square screen on top of the App your already running. not to mention being able to switch back-and-forth between apps without them closing and having to reload such as clash of clans or Dragonvale .

  • I've created this one,
    Here is one more funny Prank app only for 18+
    Just put

  • Hi Everyone, Hi Scott! i have a HTC One m8 and i'm looking for an app that lets me insert a mobile number into a text message. I dislike sending contact cards via SMS or Whatsapp. In my line of work, when i'm working with tradesmen and need to organise some maintenance work for tenants, I need to be able to send a tradesmen the name and number of contact within a SMS text message. The only way i can do this, or know how to do this is to search for the contact, edit the contact entry and copy the number, go back to the SMS and paste the number back in. LONG! Is there any otherway? or app you guys have come across that could help me?

  • Bojan M. 9 months ago Link to comment

    WTF? Run Pee??? IMHO, probably the stupidest app available. Obviously, people go to cinema to drink, eat and... pee.

  • I really like the super simple 1 Radio News app for listening to hourly news headlines from stations like the BBC.

  • Hi there! I am new to the application development, and recently I have released an Android application called Downloader : Aladin DM. It's a download manager that can fetch flash videos from web sites download them directly to your sdcard.
    If you are interested, you can search the app by : Aladin DM

  • If you're old enough to remember when Atari made home computers and game consoles, you may enjoy Retro Atari Podcasts.

  • Moodify relax melody app...the best relàxing sleep app in market with all type of relaxing sounds...a must have app.

  • Instead of Sleepbot, I've been using Sleep as AnDroid for a few years, and it is amazing...

    I would totally recommend that one...

  • BruinGuy 9 months ago Link to comment

    Scott, I really like your articles. Keep up the good work!

  • Great article with detailed information. I am creating a web repository of top articles on mobile app development and will add this link there. Thanks.

  • Interesting apps. I would appreciate, however, if in future you would add a bit of basic info: minimum Android version for the app. It would have saved me time checking out apps I can't use on my devices.

  • I use a lot Pushbullet but instead of Portal I use ShareIt from Lenovo which is the best WiFi transfer application I ever used. Deadly simple, extremely fast, and very efficient.
    I'm not a fan of Lenovo but this is really a gem.
    For example, if the file is huge and your Wifi network busy, ShareIt create another thethered direct connection between your computer and your phone to transfer your file, and reconnect the WiFi when done !
    Works with any phone and any computer.
    I checked with Malwarebytes after the first tries : no problem ;-)

    • Looks good but unfortunately doesn't work on Linux. An app called Dukto is similar and Linux friendly. (Unfortunately not being actively developed.)

  • ioio Bill List and Single Parent Planner have been a huge help for me. Never seen an ad for them or anything but love them.

  • Awesome Pop Up Video let's you watch picture in picture videos just like iOS 9

    • But it's only available on rooted and xposed framework installed phones. And free version allows play only first 5 minutes of video. Also it can work with youtube videos.

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