Here they are: Our top 5 Android and iOS apps of the week

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Like every weekend, we meet at NextPit for my selection of 5 free or paid mobile applications and games that caught my eye on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Every week I try to bring you the best possible apps that are not data traps or microtransaction nests. In addition to my own finds, I also add the gems unearthed by the NextPit community and shared on our forum.

From mobile games to productivity apps, here are the 5 free and paid Android/iOS apps from NextPit this week. We publish this selection every week, you can actually check out last week's selection here.

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Bathtimer - Shorter Showers (Android)

"I turn off the water in the sink when I brush my teeth". You too love to ease your conscience by doing a small individual act to save the environment and which, even if replicated on a national scale, would only represent a tiny hundredth of a percent of the daily pollution caused by any company or industry?

Bathtimer is a new opportunity to shine in society while judging those who are less eco-conscious than you. You can estimate how much time you spend showering and set a goal to reduce the time you spend wasting drinking water. The interface is fun with a gamified feel that tracks your progress from one goal to the next. Let's go and change the world with this application. Long live tech solutionism!

Despite its limited interest, this application will appeal to bio-hackers and other technophiles who want to track their every activity to extract data. The app is free, does not require an account, and does not contain ads or in-app purchases.

  • Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required
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With Bathtimer, you will change the world shower after shower / © NextPit

Pickbit - Record Audio & Share (iOS)

Pickbit is an application that looks like an unnatural mix between TikTok and Clubhouse. Basically, the idea is to be able to create audio clips of up to 60 seconds by recording yourself directly or from a video and embellish this clip with images and annotations.

The app's homepage looks like a very TikTokesque news feed and you can share your clips on social networks. I had to create an account with the "Sign in with Apple" function that hides my email address but I didn't find any possibility to delete my account or even delete my posts, which is very unconvincing.

The application is free and does not contain any in-app purchases and I did not see any ads either.

  • Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Required
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Hey kids, what's up? I'm cool too, I have TikTok / © NextPit

Edge Card Launcher: Side Panel (Android)

This alternative launcher for Android allows you to have a kind of condensed widgets and shortcuts in a floating window hidden on the edges of your screen.

Just double-tap or swipe left or right on your screen and the window appears with your favorite apps and several settings for volume etc...

Several Android overlays like OneUI or ColorOS offer quite similar side panels. But this one is universal and above all more customizable. The app is free, without ads and the only in-app purchase is the Pro version which can be unlocked for $1.99.

  • Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required
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Alternative Android launchers are still a very dynamic niche / © NextPit

FloatingPlayer: Music Player (iOS)

This music player features a windowed or picture-in-picture (PiP) mode and allows you to move the playback controls into a floating widget on your home screen.

The app syncs to your Spotify or Apple Music account and you can resize the window at will. The app is free, with no ads or in-app purchases and the developer says, via the App Store, that it doesn't collect any data.

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"Somebody once told me..." / © NextPit
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Lost Light (Android)

I know for sure that this game will not appeal to everyone. But if you like shooting games, Lost Light is a clone of the well known Escape from Tarkov and offers a third-person shooter (TPS) experience with survival and battle royale mechanics.

You play as a member of the Fireflies (no, not the ones from The Last of Us) and have to explore several regions in a dystopian and militaristic world to acquire resources, equipment, weapons, all while fighting against other players and bots.

The game is free to play and has not implemented any microtransactions yet, which is quite surprising. I play it on the ROG Phone 5 and I find the graphics impressive, especially at 60 FPS. The gameplay is very tactical, it's not an arcade shooter like Call of Duty, and the atmosphere which plays a lot on the noise, the footsteps of the enemies etc, can sometimes be very tense.

It's really a nice touch. I hope it won't disappear like the excellent Area F2 which cloned the Rainbow Six Siege game and whose developers were sued by Ubisoft several months ago.

  • Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Required
Antoine Engels

Antoine Engels

French tech journalist also fluent in English and German, I write and publish in French for a French audience, but I am based in Berlin, Germany. I'm the editor of NextPit France, the French-speaking department of NextPit GmbH, an online media specialized in tech (consumer electronics). Reviews, comparisons, buying guides, interviews and reports on the smartphone, wearables and AIoT industries.

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  • Iqra nawaz 10 months ago Link to comment

    Many different apps are the best but it depend on the app, its benefits, its downloaders etc. Your number of downloads are important to ASO, but you don’t have complete control on them. Like this your rating and reviews also important for ranking.

  • Iqra nawaz 10 months ago Link to comment

    iOS and Android apps was best in 2021 are:
    Angi (iOS, Android)
    Stack (Android)
    Forest (iOS-Android)

  • Pickbit App 10 months ago Link to comment

    Thank you for featuring Pickbit! ♥️You can delete your own recordings from your profile, just swipe left the clip to delete it :)

    Regarding the complete account deletion, we are working on that feature. We are still at an early (but promising) stage. Keep tuned for new exciting features!

    • Antoine Engels
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      10 months ago Link to comment

      Hi, congrats on your app and thanks a lot for the feedback.
      I missed the deleting option for posts, I'll make sure to update the article ASAP :)
      Wish you all the best for the development and am looking forward to checking out future updates.

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