Every weekend, we meet on NextPit to check out my selection of five free or paid mobile apps and games that caught my eye on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Every week, I try my best to bring you the greatest fresh apps that are not datenkrakens or endless microtransaction hells. In addition to my own discoveries, I have also included gems unearthed by the NextPit community which were then shared with us on the forum of which I gladly invite you to check out when you have the time.
This is an accessibility app for Android and iOS that was developed in France for those who suffer from hearing impairment. The app allows you to transcribe your phone calls in real-time. When somebody speaks, his/her words are transcribed on the spot. You can then reply, again in writing, and a voice-over will dictate your message aloud.
The interface is very clean, and there are plenty of settings to play with including the size of the text, alerting the person you are talking to when you type your response, and the ability to create pre-recorded responses.
The app is free but it's only available that way as a free trial. Basically, you get 30 minutes of call time. Once the 30 minutes are up, you'll have to check out from the app. You can choose between a 1h package for $5.99 a month or an unlimited package for $29.99 a month. It's quite expensive, but it works with both landlines and mobiles, as well as internationally across 120 languages.
- Price: $5.99 or $29.99 per month / Ads: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
Let's continue with a silly but funny application: Kikico. Kikico, or Who's First (I warned you it was a bit silly!), was designed to help you decide who's going to fetch something or do something when you're in a group and no one is motivated to take action.
For example, you're planning to play a board game. Instead of rolling dice to decide who gets their turn first, you let the app do so. There is a twist to it though: the decision is made in a roundabout manner. To find out who goes first, the app will say, for instance, "the person who sings the best" or "the last person to visit a castle" or "the tallest person". Anyway, you get the idea of the type of crazy criteria that is put forward.
The app isn't essential in any way, but it's fun and it's free without any ads or in-app purchases, and is available on Android and iOS.
- Price: free / Ads: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
Project Activate is an app developed for Android and once again, the theme is about accessibility. Basically, the idea is to launch voice-over messages or sounds with your smartphone simply by triggering them using facial gestures.
According to Google, the app is for people who are mute or cannot use tech products with their hands for medical reasons. You can broadcast audio messages like saying "Thank You" or "Shout for Joy" with your face, through a smile or opening your mouth to activate different responses using the selfie camera of your smartphone.
Overall, the app supports 6 types of facial gestures and only 2 languages at the moment: English and Spanish. You can create your own messages or even assign a facial gesture to an action on the smartphone like making a call or sending a text message. Project Activate is not yet available in Europe, and you cannot install it via the Play Store. However, the APK that I used to install the app on my smartphone worked like a charm.
- Download the Project Activate APK from APKMirror
MicCheck is a simple and unpretentious voice recorder for Android devices. You can create recordings, add timestamps to find a segment in an audio file more easily. You can also sort out your recordings using tags or even create albums.
For post-production purposes, the editing tool is quite nice and allows you to create clips from a large recording. That's it, there is nothing much else to say. The app is totally free, without any ads or purchases with an extremely clean user interface that takes advantage of Material You code in order to feature the Android 12 look.
- Price: Free / Ads: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
- Download MicCheck on the Google Play Store
Relumine is a visually very cute escape game with low-polygonal graphics in very colorful environments. The music soundtrack is also rather relaxing and soothing.
The goal is to solve puzzles in order to progress and find your Dad through a ruined world. I really like the vibes this game exudes and the fact that the puzzles inside are also based on elements around the environment and of the map itself. It's a bit different from the "treasure hunt during a birthday party" element found in escape games.
- Price: $1.99 / Ads: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required
What do you think of this week's selection? Have you already tried any of the apps out on this list? What would be your recommendation for the app of the week? Share your opinions and especially your tips in the comments! If you're looking for a particular type of application, don't hesitate to let me know so I can orient my research and selection according to your needs! Have a great weekend!