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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Flora: maintenance and identification of plants (iOS and Android)
Do you have a green thumb and feel that an app actually insults your innate ability to care for plants? Well, chances are a lot of people have a hard time caring for their houseplants compared to those who are in tune with their green selves. The Flora: Plant Care & Identifier app has only one purpose: to help you save your plants from any unwanted accidents!
Flora offers the state-of-the-art Flora Snap feature, so if the plant in question has information about it stored in its database, then it will show you all the information you want to know about it! I walked around the office and took a snapshot of an isolated sheet, which gave the correct result!
The app will also help those who need reminders to water their plants with daily notifications, as well as additional care data. Prepare to receive recommendations on the amount of light, humidity, humidity, temperature, and even potting! Flora works best with a subscription which can get quite expensive in the long run (you can choose between a monthly or yearly subscription). I would only recommend this app to those who are really serious about their home plants.
- Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required (but recommended)
OYE Wellness (iOS and Android)
We live in a very stressful environment these days, where notifications constantly bombard our smartphones and computers and compete for our attention. The term “wellness” has already gained traction in tech circles, so here’s yet another app that wants to help you be more self-aware: OYE Wellness.
This app does more than the usual things like keeping track of your emotions (you’ll have to select the spot you like on the graph, of course), because it hopes to improve your mood through the clever use of the art of the AI. Yes, your emotions can actually be channeled into creative action, now what about progress? There is an emotional registration tool that actually allows you to name and identify your range of feelings.
This is all very new in nature, so if you are quite traditional in your religious beliefs and feel uncomfortable with such actions and vibes, feel free to let it go. If not, it might be worth checking out this weekend to get away from it all with mindful notifications that help foster perseverance, self-love, and responsibility to yourself. OYE Wellness offers two subscription plans (who says feeling good isn’t expensive?): $9.99 per month with a 7-day free trial or $59.99 per year with a 14-day free trial days.
- Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Obligatory
Kyupid (iOS and Android)
A couple that is productive together stays together. Wait a minute, is that okay? If you think your relationship has more or less lost some luster and you want to improve the synchronization between you and your partner, maybe Kyupid could help you. This is a productivity app that specifically targets couples.
I myself use a shared calendar app with my wife, but it only helps us see each other’s schedules. Sure, we can always schedule a calendar event like “Weekly Grocery Shopping” and leave a note for that event on the list of items that ran out in the pantry, but that’s so cumbersome. Kyupid helps streamline things with a shared, dedicated workspace that makes it easy to manage shopping lists, daily tasks, important events, routines, and notes between the two of us.
To generate additional interest in using this app, Kyupid lets you issue and trade Kyupons (yes, kind of sucks, but when you’re in a relationship, anything that makes you laugh is a bonus) so that you can show your gratitude to your partner.
All changes made to a list will be reflected in real time. I suppose the cheapest way to do things is to have a shared Google Doc that reflects the latest information at all times, but why miss out on the fun of trying out a new app? The Kyupons bit is cute, because you can use them to redeem cute little acts of love later.
- Price: Free / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: None / Account: Obligatory
My Soundtrack (Android)
Were there times when you wished you could listen to a particular song in a specific place? While on-demand music has become commonplace these days, thanks to streaming services like Spotify and YouTube Music, here’s an app that helps automate things better: MySoundtrack!
Imagine “Lady in Red” playing in the background when you meet your college sweetheart at the local coffee shop, where you both declared love! What if every time you walk past the cafe, you think about this event, now that you’re married and about to celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary? MySoundtrack does this job, where you can select virtually any place you like and choose from YouTube Music, Apple Music, YouTube and Spotify to play the songs you want.
Location access must be enabled for this app to work, and so far I haven’t encountered any issues. However, it would be a bit weird if you forget about the various locations you have scheduled and walk into them without a pair of headphones, only to have your phone blast the playlist for everyone to hear!
- Price: Free / Advertising: Yes / In-app purchases: None / Account: Not required (but recommended)
Football Manager 2023 Mobile (iOS and Android)
As an Arsenal supporter, I suffered long enough that every false dawn was carefully greeted with excitement and concern. There are also times when I thought the manager could have done better, and I heckle him from the TV. With Football Manager 2023 Mobile, I can now manage my favorite football team from the comfort of my smartphone.
Since this is a FIFA licensed game, there are no fake leagues and cup competitions to play, as you get the full set of works – the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League and UEFA Super Cup. I also love the Team Talks feature which allows me to chat with my players whenever they need a pep talk just to get that extra bit of performance out of them, or to ask them to hold the fort (and the head).
Again, you’ll have to pay more money to unlock in-game options like becoming unhackable, no matter how well your team performs, having a wealthy benefactor (which seems to be a recurring theme in real-life football nowadays, and an in-game editor). I find this rather unpleasant considering I’ve already paid money for this game upfront, and seeing additional options stay out of reach is just insane. Overall, you get some kicks (heh!) from your favorite team’s digital management, although the paywall options add a drag on the experience.
- Price: $9.99 / Advertising: None / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Required