Antoine was browsing the Google Play Store and Apple AppStore again this week in search of new apps for iOS and Android. You can read what he found in this post.
As with every week, this Sunday you’ll find five app suggestions that caught my eye in the past few days. And as you know, these apps should not contain any data trap or force you into crazy micro-transactions. From mobile games to Android/iOS apps for everyday use, here are five tips from this week. And if you like, you can also look at the five apps from the previous week again.
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Madhur AI: TTS TTS (Android)
We’ll start with an Android app that is accessible and reads text in multiple languages using text-to-speech. You can scan your texts or import them in printed form, as a PDF, e-book or similar, and simply copy them using OCR (Optical Character Recognition).
You can then choose from 127 female and male voices in 27 different languages (the app cannot translate your text). You can also specify the speech rate for an out sound. The app is free and contains no ads, but you have a limit of 400 scanned words. For an unlimited number, you have to pay €2.99 per month, €20.99 annually or a one-time purchase price of €29.99.
- Price: Free / Ad: No / In-app purchases: Yes (€2.99 to €29.99) / Account: Not required / German language: No.
Couch: Downtime Organizer (iOS)
The productivity app for iOS is designed to improve your efficiency not at work, but while relaxing. If you are lying on the sofa or in bed and playing or reading, you can organize this.
What’s life if you don’t know what game to play on the weekend, right? There are many problems. With Sofa, you can plan your relaxing moments by listing, prioritizing, and planning which book you want to read, movie to watch, or video game to play.
With the paid version, you can also customize your listings (cover photo, description, etc.), create notes for specific items, get more detailed statistics about your activities, get a news feed of all the items listed, etc. But at €3.99 per month or €35.99 per year for a single-person subscription, I find that quite expensive.
- Price: Free / Ad: No / In-app purchases: Yes (€3.99 to €35.99) / Account: Not required / German language: No.
Dinosaur Park – Primitive Zoo, Play for Free
Recreate the wonderful wildlife with prehistoric creatures!
This Android app pretends to be able to ‘count’ the period of nostalgic music and suggests many distinct pieces to remind you of the good old days.
Specifically, the app simply looks at periods between 10 and 20 years, depending on your birth year. The idea is that it’s more nostalgic for songs that were released when you were a teenager or in your twenties.
Unfortunately, the app didn’t give me 21st century anthems like Hey ho! by Tragedy, Façon Sex by Tribal King or Femme Like U by K.Maro.
- Price: Free / Ad: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required / German: No
coffee percentage (Android)
Anything, really anything could fit in with its own community of purists. Everyone has their own kick and who am I to judge? The coffee ratio is aimed at espresso aficionados and other elite baristas who want their drink to perfection.
The app calculates the amount of coffee based on the total brewing volume (ounces, ml), even if you mix two different types of beans. It also offers an easy-to-access timer at the top of the screen. You’ll get an estimate of how much coffee you’ll need if you’re in a hurry and can’t reach the scale.
The app is paid, there are no ads or in-app purchases, and the interface is very easy to understand. It’s invaluable for someone taking care of their Nespresso capsule machine while grinding your beans imported straight from Colombia with the cast iron grinder your grandfather inherited.
- Price: €1.09 / Ad: No / In-app purchases: No / Calculation: Not required / German: No
Zoo 2: Zoo – your animals, your success, your zoo game
Play for free in browser and mobile
Love… in the little things (Android and iOS)
As a single, my biggest passion is watching other people be happy. This is really great and very good for my morale. Oh no no, what a beautiful love! But I don’t have time for that, I have a golden camo that I can unlock in Call of Duty Mobile. In short, I have a life.
But I exclude from my busy life the game of love … in the little things. It is a puzzle and visual mind game in the style of comics and watercolor. The story is about love, partnership and emotional health. The soundtrack of the game is very relaxing I find.
Line up the pictures that are black and white pencil drawings that you have to “color”. To do this, you have to find a series of elements – numbers, shapes, or symbols – scattered throughout the image and more or less hidden. Just imagine “Where’s Walter?” Before. Every time you find a hidden item, you revive a part of the picture and develop the story.
The game offers 300 levels in 30 chapters, but the game contains ads that you can get rid of by purchasing the full version for 5.49 euros.
- Price: Free / Ad: No / In-app purchases: Yes (5.49€) / Account: Not required / German: No