Our 5 free and paid Android / iOS apps of the...

From mobile games to productivity apps, here are the five free and paid Android / iOS apps that made their mark on NextPit in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store this week.

Bookmark manager: to manage all of your links

This is an application discovered by the NextPit community and shared on our forum. It’s a classic link manager. You can add links to videos and articles, in short, from any web source and put them in different folders. With a function, you can also create a shortcut to a link on the home screen of your smartphone. Unfortunately, this feature is reserved for the paid version of the app.

However, the app is temporarily free on the Google Play Store (as of this writing, Friday November 6th). Incidentally, Bookmark Manager is pretty complete in the free version, especially for an early access app.

Despite some paid options, the bookmark manager is still complete in the free version. / © NextPit

You can purchase the Bookmark Manager application from the Google Play Store.

HeyMelody: a companion app for your Oppo and OnePlus headphones

One of the main shortcomings of the genuine OnePlus Buds wireless headphones, which were introduced at the same time as OnePlus Nord, was the lack of an accompanying application on smartphones other than the manufacturer’s models.

HeyMelody allows you to do firmware updates and check the battery life of your OnePlus and Oppo earbuds on another brand of Android smartphone too. Unfortunately, I couldn’t test the application because I left the OnePlus Buds in the office and am currently working from home.

At the moment only the latest true wireless headphone models seem to be supported. No support for OnePlus Bullet etc. The list currently only includes Oppo Enco X, Enco W51, OnePlus Buds and OnePlus Buds Z.

The HeyMelody application only supports the latest Oppo and OnePlus headsets. / © NextPit

You can download the HeyMelody application from the Google Play Store.

PlayStation App: Finally Voice Chat!

You probably heard about the PlayStation app update last week. So I’m not going to dig into all of the new features like the new home screen that lets you quickly see what your friends are playing or the ability to get information on the latest games and view your own trophy list.

The most interesting thing here, and the reason I added this app to my pick this week, is to introduce the voice chat feature. This feature has been requested by the community for years. And his absence was particularly annoying on PS4.

On PS4, the Bluetooth protocol is so limited that compatibility is limited to a very small handful of headsets and headphones. Often times, you simply have to choose a proprietary Sony audio product. But my Sony WF-1000XM3, for example, was not supported either.

While they work perfectly on my smartphone. This voice chat feature therefore allows you to bypass the software restrictions imposed by Sony on its consoles. Voice party management is also much more intuitive as you don’t have to leave the game to add attendees from your console, etc.

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The voice chat function has long been in demand in the PlayStation application. / © NextPit

You can download the PlayStation app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Muviz Edge: a music viewer

Muviz Edge is a very simple user interface customization application. It is a music viewer that can be overlaid on most streaming applications or simple local players. It then streamed animated graphics, lined up around the edges of your screen to the rhythm of your music.

You can choose between different types of animation by setting the color code, animation speed, size, etc. Some animation options and designs are paid for and must be purchased through bundles to be unlocked.

I didn’t see any ads in the app, the user interface is ergonomic, and the menus are clear. This type of application naturally has an impact on the autonomy of your smartphone. However, the animations aren’t overly intrusive and look pretty cool when you plug your smartphone into a speaker in a slightly dark room.

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Some of Muviz Edge’s animations are paid for and only available through in-app purchases. / © NextPit

You can download the Muviz Edge application from the Google Play Store.

War of the Worlds: an interactive novel

We all know about War of the Worlds, whether it’s the novel or the movies. This is a storytelling game, or rather an interactive novel sprinkled with game mechanics. Specifically, the story unfolds in text blocks, similar to the dialogue in a role play.

The whole thing is interspersed with illustrations to contextualize the story and immerse it a little. The gamification is materialized through multiple choices at the end of some pages. You can then, to some extent, influence the story based on the choices you make.

Logically, the freedom of choice is far from complete and the options offered are necessarily designed so as not to distort the original story. But I think the concept is nice, the illustrations are well done, and it’s a great way to playfully immerse yourself in a cult novel if you haven’t read it and escaped the 2005 film with Tom Cruise and Rachel Ferrier (I always have another PTSD from her violent and incessant screaming throughout the film).

Ah yes, and the game is free with no ads!

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You can influence the story with several choices. / © NextPit

You can download the game The War of the Worlds: An Interactive Customization Game from the Google Play Store.

What do you think of this selection? Have you had a chance to try out some of the applications on this list? What would your apps of the week be? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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