From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s five free and paid Android/iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also check last week’s top 5 apps.
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CapCut (iOS & Android)
We live in a world where video conveys far more information than simple text or a simple photo ever could. The move away from text and image-based social media towards video short films is very evident, which has also fueled the camera as one of the main selling points of every new smartphone. A good camera is not good enough – you also need an appropriate video editing tool to accompany your captured video. CapCut is the official free video editor and video maker with music for TikTok that is not only versatile but also easy to use.
First, you get all the basic features like video editing, text, stickers, filters, colors, and music. In addition, CapCut offers free advanced features like keyframe animation, smooth slow-motion effects, chroma key, picture-in-picture (PIP), and stabilization, so you can create professional-looking videos on the go. Take your social media game to a whole new level with CapCut, where you can create fancy videos with unique features like trendy styles, automatic subtitles, text-to-speech, motion tracking, and background removal.
You may want to be more strict with the type of music you include if you don’t want to rely on the included music clips and sound effects, as copyright laws still exist for a reason. Best of all, you can easily share your finished work with a range of custom video export resolutions. It’s also future-proof to an extent, with the HD video editor supporting 4K exports at 60 fps and smart HDR.
- Price: Free (iOS & Android) / Advertising: none / In App Purchases: none / Account: Not required (but recommended)
Do you feel that your smartphone has become a bit slow? Maybe there are some features you can turn off to make your phone run faster, or you’ve already tried all of our tips and tricks just to have a slightly faster experience. Here’s another way to do it – by downloading and installing the Hermit app. This app literally tries to lighten existing Android apps by taking up almost no space on your handset. This makes it perfect for phones with low storage capacity.
Hermit makes sure these apps aren’t running in the background, and that goes a long way toward extending your device’s battery life. In fact, there are scriptlets that you can use to run your own custom extension scripts! You can also breathe easier when browsing supported apps or websites that would normally contain a lot of ads – since they have a content blocker that turns off ads, malware, misinformation and targeted propaganda. In fact, you can choose exactly what you want to block.
Far better than traditional browsers, each Lite app opens in its own persistent window without launching a brand new browser tab. Each individual Lite app has its own settings, permissions, themes, and icons that are saved for future reference. Such a sandbox environment makes it easier to keep your web browsing isolated in separate containers. We talked about Hermit more than half a decade ago and we’re glad it’s still alive.
- Price: Free / Advertising: Yes / In App Purchases: Yes / Account: Not required (but recommended)
Glitch Lab (Android)
Want to find some interesting shots in your photo gallery? Take a regular photo and use Glitch Lab to transform it into an immersive piece of visual art. With a simple and clean interface that pays homage to Android 12‘s Material Design style, it only takes a few taps to apply effects to your photos and images. There is a wide range of effects to choose from, with the different effects ranging from simple filters to complex distortions. To spice things up further, you can apply multiple effects at once. Best of all, all the effects are available for free, but you have to live with ad banners – which I don’t mind, for what I can do in return.
Most effects are applied and adjusted by swiping horizontally or vertically across the image. There’s also no limit to the number of saves you can make, and don’t fret about resolution degradation since everything is saved in the original resolution. You don’t even have to hide behind a paywall as there are no watermarks or other restrictions restricting your style.
Paranoid androids (heh!) can sleep easy knowing that this app is based on the latest Android APIs that allow you to interact with files and the camera without having to grant permissions.
- Price: Free / advertising : Yes / In App Purchases: none / Account: Not required
Journally is a tool that allows you to record your daily activities. Sounds pretty standard like any other journal app, right? Maybe, but it tries to bring together the nuances of a journal, journal, mood tracker, goal setter, to-do task manager, budget and expense tracker, and note-taking features. Security is further enhanced with a passcode lock to protect all your inputs. Data is not stored in the cloud but locally on the device for added security.
This has one downside – if you lose your device, that’s all. So, it is highly recommended to use the backup to excel feature as you like and transfer the excel file to another location. Each journal entry is easily accessed via year/photo thumbnail/calendar view navigation, and there’s even an annual review feature to help you remember what happened throughout the year.
The ads aren’t that intrusive in my opinion, and I can live with that. For those who feel like they want a really clean UI with no ads, you can always settle for $0.49 and $5.49 monthly or yearly payments respectively. This will give you access to all features, remove ads and unlock the ability to export to PDF to boot.
- Price: Free / Advertising : Yes / In App Purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
BeReal (iOS & Android)
I think there’s something the virtual world has lost over the years – the ability to be real and honest with each other. We all hide behind avatars and enhanced photos, so much so that our online personalities may be disconnected from reality. BeReal is an app that aims to break that limit by being a simple photo sharing app that allows you to share something happening in your daily life via photo once a day.
The keyword here is “a notification every day” where you and your group of friends take a photo every day at a different time within 2 minutes. The special BeReal camera is designed to take a selfie and a frontal photo at the same time. Woe to you if you shower in the bathroom, that would surely be a slippery situation, right? You can also comment on your friend’s BeReal and chat with all their friends as well as leave emojis as a reaction. Likewise, the interaction works in both directions.
BeReal doesn’t want you to be tied to your smartphone all day, doesn’t offer “false” display filters and will push the boundaries of your creativity. It certainly won’t make you famous, but it’s certainly something close friends and family members can indulge in.
- Price: Free (iOS and Android) / advertising: None / In App Purchases: None / Account: Not required
There you have it – our top 5 apps of the week. Quite an interesting mix, don’t you think? If you have something to critique or want to share your own suggestions, leave a comment section just below this article!