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Now that the weekend is upon us once again, it is time to kick back, relax, and enjoy. Perhaps the first week of the year was pretty stressful at work - here are some apps on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store that are available for free. Normally, these apps tend to feature a price tag, but for some reason or another, they can be installed for free for a limited time only. Won't it be great to play some games and use productivity apps over the weekend that might set you on the right path for the rest of the year? 

This list of free apps will be updated twice every week. The usual caveat applies though: these apps are available for free at the time of publishing, but by the time you read this article or actually check out the listed apps, they might have reverted to their paid status. While Google Play Store promos on apps are relatively easy to look out for, things do get more complicated with the Apple App Store as promotions there is no particular time frame on when it will last, and can just disappear in the blink of an eye.

Quick tip: Whenever you come across an interesting app or game in our list but have no use for it just yet, or your device has simply way too much space, you can go ahead and install the app for now. Upon doing so, you can delete the newly installed app from your device as it would already have become part of your app library. This allows you to install it in the future as and when required. This is a reliable method to take full advantage of a short-lived promotion.

Temporary free Android apps on the Google Play Store

Android productivity/lifestyle apps that are temporarily free on the Google Play Store

  • Star Link 2: Constellation ($2.99): Perhaps you have a new hobby of stargazing this year, this app will help you on the right path.
  • Speed Camera Radar PRO ($2.99): Hate getting tickets for speeding? This app might help you avoid them. Better yet, don't speed.
  • Smart QR Code Scanner PRO ($0.99): An alternative app that lets you scan QR codes in the post-pandemic era.
  • Minerals Guide Identifier ($0.99): The inner geologist in you should shout for joy with this app.
  • Pro MP3 Player Qamp ($1.99): While most people stream music these days, here is an app that lets you listen to MP3s.
  • Weigh In Deluxe ($1.99): Be a healthier you in 2023 with this app that tracks your weight.
  • How Much Can I Spend? ($2.99): Keep track of your expenses this year to achieve your financial goals.

Android mobile games that are temporarily free on the Google Play Store

  • Word Search Challenge PRO ($1.49): Get your brain going with this word search game.
  • Ruby Square ($0.99): A puzzle game that requires you to rotate blocks of squares to match a certain pattern.
  • Cooking Quest VIP ($0.99): A food truck management simulation game, can you keep your customers satisfied in time?
  • Timing Hero PV ($2.99): Cute pixel art, plenty of monsters to slay, what is there not to love?
  • Zombie Age 2 Shooter ($0.99): It is the survival of the fittest as you go around town shooting zombies.
  • Neo Monsters ($0.99): Is it a Pokemon clone? Yes. Would it drain your money? Not really...
  • Hero's 2nd Memory ($0.99): A dungeon crawler where it is either you or the monsters. I chose the former!

Temporarily free iOS apps in the Apple App Store

These productivity/lifestyle iOS apps are temporarily free in the Apple App Store

  • bProgress ($0.99): Manage daily tasks with this app.
  • SpeechTok Pro ($1.99): Use your iOS device to transcribe speech into text!
  • DunDun Squats Counter ($0.99): Sometimes when exercising, you can lose track of your reps. This app makes sure you don't miss...squat!
  • Week Calendar ($1.99): Here is an alternative approach to the traditional calendar app.
  • Stocks Pro ($15.99): The world economy might come crashing down next year, keep track of your investments with this app!
  • Airdisk Pro ($2.99): An alternative file manager for your iOS device.
  • Thunderspace Rain Sleep Sounds ($2.99): Go to sleep with the sound of thunder in the background - minus actual rain!

The iOS games are temporarily free on the Apple App Store

  • Snake o.S. ($1.99): The original was found on Nokia phones, but here you are with a graphically updated version.
  • The Secret Elevator Remastered ($0.99): An adventure game with elements of horror included to keep you on your toes.
  • Don't be a Hypebeast ($0.99): Destroy all Hypebeast logos! Mindless but fun.
  • TargetTap ($0.99): A game that tests your reflexes.
  • Partyrs ($0.99): An adventure and puzzle game, all rolled into one, with extremely cute elements.

What do you think of our selection this week, which is the first week of 2023? Did you find other interesting applications or games on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store? Feel free to share your goodies in the comments.

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