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10 fun, niche, weird apps for Android you might never use (volume 1)
We have Android app lists for many, many topics. After all, people use their Android devices for a ton of different things. Many of these apps are pretty mainstream, while others are very niche. These niche apps work exceptionally well, but only for the few people who actually need them.
Anybody can write a list of weird apps that do nothing. This list pays an ode to the wonderful niche apps that actually work really well should you find yourself in a position to actually use one. We fully intend to do multiple volumes of these to continue to show off some of the Play Store’s more unusual apps.
With all that out of the way: Here are some fun, niche, weird apps for Android that are actually pretty good.
Fun, weird, niche apps for Android (volume 1)
Easter Egg Collection in Android
As it says on the tin, this is a collection of all of Android’s Easter Eggs over the years. The app includes every Easter egg from Android Gingerbread (the first one) all the way to Android 11. It’s a fun little app to see what all the Easter eggs looked like and how they worked. That’s basically all this app does. You select the one you want, view it, and that’s it. You’ll probably only use this app for all of 15 minutes once every few years, but it exists, and it works well.
Embiggen is a solid app that also does one thing: You type text into it and it makes the text bigger. While it might sound useless at first brush, there are actual use cases for this app. You can type short messages in loud places and show them to someone near you. The screenshots show you can use it in a bar and get someone’s attention without walking up to them. Super niche, right? It works really well, however, and does what it says.
Flying With Gauss
Flying With Gauss is a developer on the Google Play Store with a collection of excellent, super niche apps. Some of the apps include Xash3D FWGS, Husky for Pleroma, CS16Client, and several others. Most of the apps are engines to run Half-Life or Counter-Strike on your phone with a selection of mods and game modes. The engine and mods work surprisingly well, as long as you supply your own game data. It’s very specific, but people seem to really like it when they can find a situation to use it.
See also: The most useful apps for Android
InstaMocks is a neat little app that can take screenshots and then put it into the frame of whatever phone you want. It has 40 devices to choose from, and you can work on up to ten screenshots at a time. There is no use for this unless you are an app developer, a YouTuber, or someone who posts on forums. However, the app works, and the screenshot editing is quite nice. Still, there’s no real reason for this to exist for the general audience, but it exists if you ever need it.
PhotoPills and SunSurveyor
Price: $9.99 and $7.99, respectively
PhotoPills and SunSurveyor do basically the same thing. They let photographers scout locations based on when the sun sets or rises. PhotoPills has a sun, moon, and Milky Way planner along with a 2D, augmented reality, and 3D mode. SunSurveyor has basically all of the same features. Both have a couple of things that set them apart from one another, but they work wonderfully in case you’re planning a photoshoot around a sunset or a sunrise.
See also: The best photography apps for Android
Price: Free with in-app purchases
RunPee is an app for moviegoers. It tells you the best time to take a pee break when watching a movie. It then fills you in on what you missed when you get back. Obviously, it is designed for seeing movies at a theater because you can just pause at home. However, RunPee can also tell you if extra scenes are coming at the end of the movie so you know whether to hang around and wait or leave the cinema early. The app itself is in the midst of a huge makeover, as earlier versions definitely needed some work.
Shark Tracker by Ocearch
Did you know you can track the migratory patterns of sharks through an Android app? It turns out you can do just that with this one. Researchers tagged a bunch of sharks, and the app shows you where they are. It’s really only useful for biologists but it’s a fun app to play with, and it’s super educational. In fact, there are a bunch of applications that track random things. For instance, Blitzortung tracks lightning strikes.
See also: The best fishing apps for Android
SpotAngels is a parking app. It uses crowdsourcing to tell you where to find parking spaces, how much they cost, and other potential parking obstacles. For instance, some people use the app to remind them to move their cars before a street cleaner shows up. You can also book parking deals and pay for some parking meters. This one is obviously for a specific type of person, but it’s useful almost anywhere. You can also contribute if your area doesn’t have enough data.
Web Alert is a different kind of reminder app. You tell it to monitor a website, and it notifies you if the website changes. You can use it for all kinds of things. It can notify you when new articles publish on a website you like, when a price changes on a product you want, or even when you get a response in a forum. Most sites have official apps now, but it’s cool to know an app like this exists.
See also: The best reminder apps for Android
Win 98 Simulator
Have you ever wanted to use Windows 98 for something? This emulator lets you do just that. It not only boots into a Windows 98 environment, but you can use many original Windows 98 apps as well. The tools include old school Internet Explorer, Minesweeper, Solitaire, Windows Media Player, Notepad, and more. It also supports a mouse and a keyboard if you need them. We don’t know who would need something like this, but it’s here if you ever want it.
If you want to see some fun, niche, weird apps on our next list, leave us a comment with your suggestions!
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