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Another week has passed and the weekend is just around the corner. Every week we are at Next pit meet up to discuss our pick of 5 free or paid mobile apps and games that caught our eye on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Every week we’ll try to sift through the mountain of apps available and curate the best of the crowd – the ones that aren’t stealthily digging up your data or are microtransactional hell. In addition to our finds, we have also included gemstones from the NextPit community which was shared on our forum that we invite you to try it out.


Skippy is an application that suggests automatically pressing or clicking the “Skip” buttons for you. As soon as a virtual button to skip an ad appears, for example on YouTube, the application “presses” it and skips the ad without you having to do anything. However, an ad cannot be skipped before the skip button appears.

The app works like a screen recorder. This requires a very intrusive authorization to access your screen content and perform actions. The kind of permissions I would normally never give a little-known developer. But the privacy policy ensures in black and white that no data is connected and all operations are carried out locally.

  • Price: Free / Show: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: No.
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Skippy requires a very intrusive authorization. / © NextPit

Is it time?

Is it time? is a productivity app that shows your upcoming Google calendar appointments as a countdown. Google Calendar sends you reminders before an appointment, but here you always have an overview to anticipate your planning.

It’s actually especially useful because most of the time, I want to know how much time I have left to finish an article before a meeting instead of just knowing what time it is. The app is free, but it contains ads that can be removed with the one-time purchase.

  • Price: Free / Show: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Yes (google account).
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The countdowns can be scary too, so use this app sparingly. / © NextPit


Do you remember the famous new WhatsApp Terms and Conditions that would have almost catastrophic consequences for our privacy and that no one has talked about since they came into effect on May 15th?

Well, if you’ve moved on, left WhatsApp for one of its alternatives, and want to encourage your contacts to do the same, Watomatic is for you. This application, which I discovered from the NextPit community, allows you to set up automatic replies for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Every time one of your contacts on WhatsApp sends you a message through this messenger, you can automatically send them a reply explaining that you are now on Signal, Telegram or Threema (or Viber, yes, let’s not forget Viber) and that he or she better joins you there.

  • Price: Free / Show: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Yes (WhatsApp account).
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Let all of your contacts know that you’ve left WhatsApp. / © NextPit

Link me

“Hey Antoine, would you like to pick up the Redmi Note 9T for your test from me, we don’t live far from each other.” If I had LinkMe when Ben wrote this to me a few months ago, I could have saved myself a hike.

LinkMe is a mapping application that finds places – coffee shops, restaurants, etc. – that are halfway between you and the person you want to meet. Simply enter the two starting points, your location and that of your friends / neighbors, and depending on your choice, the app highlights several sights at the same distance within a radius of 1 to 10 km.

  • Price: Free / Show: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: None.
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No, I didn’t doox my address. / © NextPit

Clubhouse for Android (just kidding) Tear them off

Rip Them Off is a game that was originally released on the PC. It is a tower defense and management game where you have to set up your stores and businesses in the city while maximizing your profits by attracting as many customers as you can.

Specifically, you are in a diorama in which the residents move linearly and constantly in one or more directions. Therefore, you need to manage your expenses and carefully choose your stores and their locations.

The jazzy atmosphere and the very aesthetic graphics seduced me. If you’re a fan of accessible management games that aren’t too challenging, I recommend Rip Them Off.

  • Price: $ 3.99 (Android); $ 3.99 (iOS) / Show: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: None.

What do you think of this week’s selection? Have you tried any of the apps on this list? What would your apps of the week be? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments!

If you are looking for a specific use case, please do not hesitate to let me know so that I can tailor my research and selection to your needs! Any input is very much appreciated.


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