5 Android and iOS applications to install on your smartphone without hesitation

It’s Sunday and like every week, we offer you our selection of the 5 best new Android and iOS apps to download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store on your smartphone.

This top 5 is not like our selections of free apps that we offer you twice a week. Here, we install the apps on our own smartphones and test them. We check if there are not too many in-app purchases, ads, and if the apps more or less respect your personal data.

We try to select useful apps, whether it’s for productivity, customizing your interface, or digital well-being. And, our top 5 always includes at least one mobile game. The apps can be free or paid, with or without a subscription. But that will always be indicated!

We take questions about in-app purchases and ads seriously. That’s why we mention them in the descriptions of the relevant apps.

Phoenix 2 (Android and iOS)

Have you ever wondered what a space shooting game looks like? Phoenix 2 proves that the old is gold. This game made its debut on iOS nearly eight years ago. It is now available on the platform. I’m pleased to note that there has been no drop in performance, the processing power has even made giant strides.

I like the graphics, even a mid-range device is more than capable of handling everything the game asks of it. What’s interesting is that iOS and Android users can play with each other without any problem!

Price: Free / Ad: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required

Sweet Farm: Cake Baking Tycoon (Android)

A life simulator on a mobile device? This is definitely a way to either gain or lose time, as long as it’s interesting enough to capture your attention. Sweet Farm is captivating enough that I keep coming back to it, forgetting real life and getting carried away in the digital life.

You’ll find a mix of Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley here, even though the game takes place in a candy factory. You have to help your grandfather rebuild a candy factory, where there’s a lot to learn, including the art of making cakes, pies, and producing all kinds of sweet and savory things! There are little assistants all around the factory to help you with your task.

  • Price: Free / Ad: Yes / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required

Sea of Conquest (Android and iOS)

For example, Sea of Conquest allows you to spend in-game currency (not necessarily money, but materials like wood) to upgrade, then wait a few days in real time before the upgrade is complete. You can also pay a small amount of money. It’s a free country.

Even though the game mechanics are quite interesting for those who want to sail the seven seas and build a base, navigating through tough characters and using your wits to get out like a rose, it would have been nicer to have a paid title without waiting time and without in-app purchases.

I don’t have the patience to endure such long waiting times, but others may be willing to wait and occupy themselves with other games.

  • Price: Free / Ad: No / In-app purchases: Yes / Account: Not required
The game can be quite slow if you’re not the type to part with your money for in-game purchases. / © nextpit

Kitchenese (Android)

Ever had leftovers in your fridge without knowing what to do with them? Kitchenese is here to help. I must say that this app is very practical, as it allows me to maximize all the products in my fridge and get tasty dishes.

In other words, Kitchenese helps you match what you have in your fridge or pantry to find a recipe that minimizes waste and allows you to eat well.

It merges recipe search with tracking food inventory, allowing you to make the most of your meat, vegetables, fruits, and other basic pantry ingredients.

  • Price: Free / Ad: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Optional
Make the most of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge with this app. / © nextpit
Make the most of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge with this app. / © nextpit

Rewind: Music Time Travel

Who said it was impossible to travel in time? If you listen to music streaming apps like TIDAL and Spotify, you know that the huge music catalog can sometimes be overwhelming. Most of us “progress” rarely beyond certain musical eras (as opposed to genres), and that’s where Rewind: Music Time Travel comes in handy.

What does this app do? You can select any year between 1959 and 2010 and explore the music of those decades. This is akin to launching TIDAL, Spotify, or other streaming music apps on your smartphone and listening to a specific playlist based on the year or decade.

This app also integrates AI to enhance your overall listening experience. It’s worth checking out if you’re a millennial curious about what your parents and grandparents were listening to.

  • Price: Free / Ad: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Optional
Curious to see what music from the past looks like? Find out with this app! / © nextpit
Curious to see what music from the past looks like? Find out with this app! / © nextpit

Did you discover an interesting app this week that you would like to recommend? We look forward to your reactions in the comments and hope you have a great weekend!

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