Our top 5 Android and iOS apps of the week
From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s five paid and free Android/iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also check the Top 5 apps from last week.
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CapCut (iOS and Android)
We live in a world where video conveys far more information than plain text or a single photo ever could. The move away from text and image-based social media towards video shorts is very apparent, which has also boosted the camera as one of the main selling points of any new smartphone. Having a good camera isn’t enough – you’ll also need a corresponding video editing tool to go along with your recorded video. CapCut happens to be the official free video editor and music video maker for TikTok which is not only versatile but also easy to use.
First, you get all its basic features such as video editing, text, stickers, filters, colors, and music. Moreover, CapCut offers free advanced features such as keyframe animation, smooth slow motion effects, chroma key, picture in picture (PIP) and stabilization so you can produce videos professional quality 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 trending styles, automatic captions, text-to-speech, motion tracking, and noise removal. the background.
You might want to be stricter with the type of music you put in if you don’t want to rely on included music videos and sound effects, because copyright laws are always there for a reason. Best of all, it’s easy to share your finished work with a range of custom video export resolutions. It is also scalable to some extent as the HD video editor supports 4K 60fps exports and Smart HDR.
- Price: Free (iOS and Android) / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required (but recommended)
Do you feel that your smartphone has become a little slow? Maybe there are some features you can turn off to make your handset run faster, or you’ve already tried all of our tips and tricks for a slightly faster experience. Here’s another way to do it – by downloading and installing the Hermit app. This app literally tries to simplify existing Android apps by taking up almost zero space on your handset. This makes it perfect for phones with low storage capacity.
Hermit guarantees that these apps won’t run in the background, which will go a long way in preserving your device’s battery life. In fact, there are Scriptlets that allow you to run your own custom extension scripts! You will also be able to breathe easy when browsing supported apps or sites that normally contain lots of ads because it has a content blocker that blocks ads, malware, misinformation, and targeted propaganda. In fact, you can select only what you want to block.
Much better than traditional browsers, each Lite app opens in its own permanent window without launching a whole new browser tab. Each individual Lite app will have its own saved settings, permissions, themes, and icons for future reference. Such a sandbox environment makes it easy to isolate your web browsing into separate containers. We talked about Hermit over half a decade ago, and we’re glad he’s still alive.
- Price: Free / Advertising: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required (but recommended)
Glitch Lab (Android)
Want to create interesting shots in your photo gallery? Take an ordinary photo and use Glitch Lab to transform it into a striking piece of visual art. Featuring a clean and simple interface that pays homage to the Material Design style as found in Android 12, all it takes to apply effects to your photos and images are just a few clicks away. There is a wide range of effects to choose from, where the different effects include simple filters and complex distortions. To make things even better, you can apply multiple effects simultaneously. Best of all is that all effects are available for free, but you’ll have to live with banner ads – which I don’t mind for what I’m able to do in return.
Most effects are applied and adjusted by swiping the image horizontally or vertically. There’s also no limit to the number of saves you can make, and don’t worry about resolution degradation since everything will be saved in the original resolution. You don’t even have to cower behind a paywall as there are no watermarks or other restrictions to restrict your style.
Paranoid Androids (hey!) can rest easy knowing that this app is powered by 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 helps you record your daily activities. Seems pretty normal like any other diary app, right? Maybe, but it tries to pull together the nuances of a diary, planner, mood tracker, goal setter, task manager, budget tracker and expense and note-taking features. Security is further enhanced with a password lock to protect all your entries. Data is not stored in the cloud but locally on the device for added security.
There’s a downside to this – if you lose your device, that’s it. Therefore, it is highly recommended to take advantage of the Backup to Excel feature according to your preference and transfer the said Excel file elsewhere. Each diary entry is easily accessible by yearly/photo thumbnail/calendar navigation, and there’s even a yearly rollback feature to remind you of what happened during the year.
Ads aren’t that intrusive IMHO, and I can live with them. For those who crave a really clean interface without ads, you can always settle for monthly or annual payments of $0.49 and $5.49, respectively. This will get 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 and Android)
I think there is 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 persona might be out of touch with reality. BeReal is an app that aims to break that boundary, being a simple photo sharing app that lets you share something happening in your daily life once a day via a photo.
The keyword here is “One notification every day”, where at a different time each day, you and your group of friends will take a photo within 2 minutes. The special BeReal camera was designed to simultaneously take a selfie and a frontal photo. Woe to you when you’re in the bathroom taking a shower, that would definitely be a slippery situation, wouldn’t it? You can also comment on your friend’s BeReal and chat with all their friends, as well as leave emojis in reaction. Likewise, the interaction works both ways.
BeReal doesn’t want you to be glued to your smartphone all day, nor does it offer any filters to make a “fake” representation, and will push the limits of your creativity. Sure, it won’t make you famous, but it’s definitely something close friends and family members can all 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. It’s a rather interesting mix, don’t you think? If you have something to criticize or want to share your own suggestions, leave a comment section right below this article!