5 Best Android Apps of the Week (August 2017 #1)


Every week, hundreds of new Android apps and games are submitted to the Play Store. If you’re not paying attention 24/7, it’s easy to miss some of the best stuff. Each week we will highlight five of the best new or overlooked apps and games. You’re sure to find some hidden gems in these recommendations. Go forth and download!

1. Caffeine

Caffeine is a handy Quick Settings tile that can change the screen wake up time. You can tap the tile and toggle the wake up time to 5, 10, 30, or infinite minutes. It’s a great way to make the screen stay awake while you’re doing a certain task without changing it permanently in the settings.

DOWNLOAD: Caffeine

  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: No
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Installs: 100 – 5,000

2. Gratus

Gratus is a simple app to promote good vibes and positivity. It offers a simple interface to encourage to write about the things we’re most grateful for. Gratus will help you remember about these things and make you smile every time you’re reminded of them.


  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: Yes
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Installs: 5,000 – 10,000

3. Read – Simple RSS Reader

Read is a bare-bones RSS reader that’s fast, beautiful, and easy to use. You can search for feeds and easily subscribe, get notifications for new articles, and save articles. The UI is clean and the menu makes it easy to navigate. Another great thing about Read is it’s free and without ads.


  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: No
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Installs: 1,000 – 50,000

4. Launch – Space is hard

In this game, you have to launch a finicky rocket and get as high as humanly possible. The trick is getting the rocket to go straight up, which sounds easy, but it’s not. It’s really hard to get the rocket to stay pointing in one direction. Just tap left or right screen half to even it out and get as high as possible.

DOWNLOAD: Launch – Space is hard

  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: No
  • Rating: 3.7/5
  • Installs: 500 – 1,000

5. Kubo

Kubo is an arcade game all about collecting cubes with other cubes. Colored cubes fall from the top of the screen. You have to rotate the big cube, which has colored sides, so the falling cube lands on the side with the corresponding color. The hard part is remembering which side of the cube has the color you need.


  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: No
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Installs: 10 – 50

More Best Apps & Games

Our Download This series includes the best apps and games you should be downloading. We also have more lists for the best apps and games on Android. Check them out below!

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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