Every weekend, we meet at NextPit to discuss our carefully curated selection of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that we’ve seen on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Every week I will try my best to bring you the best possible apps that won’t stealthily collect your personal information or do fake microtransactions behind your back. In addition to our finds, we will also be listing gems that have been unearthed by the NextPit community and shared on our forum. Take a look at our forums and weigh your thoughts too!
From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s 5 free and paid Android / iOS apps this week.
Momedio is an app that captures your memories in photos and brings them to life. Once you’ve taken a photo, Momedio allows you to record a few seconds of sound and embed it in the picture.
Yes, I know you can also record a video as it is faster. However, I think that sometimes the immortality of a moment, a still image, makes the memory a lot more memorable and makes it a lot easier to engrave on your memory. It’s also nice to be able to expand this visual memory with other sensory elements. I’m just waiting for the time when technology catches up and we can “capture” smells too.
The application is free and does not require an account to be created. The only downside, which is almost an abomination to me, is the inclusion of a “Momedio” watermark on every photo. To get rid of it, you’ll need to make a one-time in-app payment of $ 1.99, which also allows you to unlock additional options like recording time or image size.
You can download the Momedio app from the Apple App Store.
Art with capital A is without a doubt where I consider myself the most illiterate and uncultivated. With Artier, a project by an independent developer, you can discover various works of art, paintings and artists from an extensive collection based on a carefully selected selection of major museums, universities and other institutions from more than 100 countries around the world.
It is a gateway to explore the arts, history, people and the wonders of our world. You scroll through a thread and access a detailed record of the works of your choice. There is also a search function that can be useful for socializing.
I know it’s unfair for a freelance project that is not meant to be monetized, but I would have loved to have more detailed information in each description field regarding the artwork! However, this takes a lot of work and will most likely increase the price of this app to an exorbitant level as it is not currently free.
The interface is quite easy to use, completely free, has no ads or in-app purchases. Plus, you don’t have to create an account to get started. You can even download the artwork and use it as your wallpaper or share it.
You can download the Artier app from the Google Play Store.
ASMI is a breathing exercise app designed to help you combat stress and other disorders such as insomnia, while also providing an opportunity for meditation exercises.
These breathing techniques are based on the Pranayama Yoga discipline. ASMI is completely free and the interface is designed so that the user can learn and perform the breathing techniques without interacting with the smartphone too much, which makes it extremely easy to use.
Each exercise is accompanied by instructions (in English) and the corresponding animation. You can choose from preset courses for stress, anxiety, insomnia, and high blood pressure. However, the application requires you to create an account before you begin.
You can download the ASMI app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Weatherback Wallpaper is a wallpaper app that allows you to apply a “filter” or raindrop / fog effect to your screen. You can also apply these adaptive effects in real time based on the time of day or the weather.
You can even turn on an animation that lets you erase such drops from your screen (keep in mind that such gestures can sometimes get in the way of system-wide gesture shortcuts).
Logically, this app has an impact on your battery life as it consists of an animated, customizable wallpaper. The app also contains ads and in-app purchases that unlock additional filters.
You can download the Weatherback Wallpaper app from the Google Play Store.
Pechka is the fifth installment in the MazM series, a series of storytelling / interactive novels that are also intended to be educational and based on real historical facts or events.
In Pechka, you will parachute into Russia of the early 20th century, when the country went through a period of turmoil after the Russo-Japanese War and just a few years before the start of the October Revolution, followed by the impending civil war.
The main attractions of MazM games are their soundtrack and historical backdrop, which acts as a canvas for the stories the game tells. The only problem with these games is their episodic nature. Since there aren’t many episodes, the developers decided to artificially extend the lifespan of these games by placing each episode behind a virtual currency paywall.
Each episode costs 10 coins in the game. When you install the game you will initially have 50 gold coins. You can also watch two commercials a day to earn two more gold coins each time, and some levels have a bonus commercial that earns you an extra pair of coins.
Why such a sloppy system? Well, this is supposed to entice you to pay the paltry $ 1.99 per month to access all episodes at once (you can buy gold coins ad hoc too, but it’s less worth it compared to a subscription). It’s a shame this business model is an otherwise very enjoyable experience.
You can download Pechka from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
What do you think of this week’s pick? Have you already tried any of the apps on this list? What would your apps be of the week? Share your opinions and especially your tips in the comments! If you are looking for a specific type of application, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can tailor my research and selections to suit your needs! Until we meet again next week.