Like every weekend, we meet on NextPit for my selection of 5 free or paid applications and mobile games that caught my attention on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Every week I try to bring you the best possible apps that aren’t data traps or microtransaction nests. In addition to my own finds, I also add the nuggets unearthed by the NextPit community and shared on our forum, which I invite you to consult.
From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s 5 free and paid Android / iOS apps this week.
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Open notifications from the navigation bar
The title alone makes you want to do it, right? No? Okay. But this Android app is actually a shortcut to quickly view a notification. Please note, this is for old school users who still have the 3 buttons instead of the Android gestures.
Basically the app adds an extra button to your navigation bar. When you receive a message, you can press this button and directly display the notification. No more squeezing your thumb when trying to scroll through the notification panel.
A premium version at 0.99 euros (one-time purchase) allows you to get rid of advertisements and assign additional actions to the shortcut button.
- Price: Free / Ads: Yes / In-App Purchases: Yes, $ 0.99 / Account: Not required
It is a productivity app for Android whose purpose is to measure and monitor your working time. For teleworkers or the self-employed, working days often tend to spill over into personal time.
Timelist works like a diary, you enter for each day of the week the start and end time of your working day and the number of breaks you have taken.
The app then calculates your working time for the day. You will then be able to see how your schedules evolve over the days and make adjustments if necessary. The interface is clean but the ads are quite annoying and I find the subscription of almost 2 euros per month too expensive for this type of app.
- Price: Free / Ads: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes, $ 0.99 / month for the premium version / Account: Required
The following application is in French and I will surely give you a more complete presentation since I was able to discuss with its developer. The idea is to share your photos and videos while protecting your personal data. Sharing via Poltreder is secure and end-to-end encrypted between the two smartphones – sender and receiver – and is done without any intermediary server.
Only your friends have a copy of your photos and videos in the app. But they cannot retrieve them for saving elsewhere, and screenshots are also disabled in the app. It’s kind of like Instagram and Signal have a child after all.
- Price: Free / Announcements: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required
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This application allows you to create shortcuts on your smartphone keyboard to quickly paste a sentence or piece of text. It could be a phone number, email or postal address, or some genius joke that you want to spam across all of your groups. All you need to do is create a “button” and attach the phrase of your choice to it.
When composing a WhatsApp, Telegram or other message, you just need to change the keyboard and press the button to write the corresponding text in one go. Useful when you’re in a hurry or when you don’t feel like writing and it’s 100 times better than a VOICE NOTE (!!!). You have to stop using them, really!
- Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: Yes, $ 3.49 for the pro version / Account: Not necessary
We end this selection with a mobile game, as usual. This week, I bring you Tides. It is a fishing adventure game on Android and iOS. We are immersed in a colorful and very zen universe that reminds me a little of Animal Crossing or other games of the same kind.
You are on a raft and you have to catch some fish. The more you progress, the more you can improve your equipment and your boat. The music and the general atmosphere of the game are very calming. It’s perfect for relaxing on the weekends after a bad week. The game abuses a bit of micro-transactions but who cares because they do not interfere with the progression. A good hobby game.
What do you think of this selection? Have you ever been able to try any of the apps on this list? What would be your apps for the week? Share your opinions and especially your tips in the comments! If you are looking for a particular type of application, do not hesitate to let me know so that I can orient my search and my selection according to your needs!