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I try every week to bring you the best possible apps that aren’t personal data traps or microtransaction nests. To my own findings, I also add the apps unearthed by the NextPit community and shared on our forum, which I invite you to consult.

From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s 5 free and paid Android/iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also consult my 5 apps of the last week.


Free Game – Dinosaur Park
Create your own Jurassic Park

GoneMAD (Android)

This local music player for Android is apparently quite famous, but I’ve only just discovered it. The application is paid but you can download a trial version to test it for free for 14 days without creating an account or providing payment data.

GoneMAD can scan your storage to detect and add your songs. And you can change the scan path according to the folder where you store your music. You can then personalize each of your songs, rename them, add an artist name, album name, illustration etc… You can create albums, playlists and list them.

The player applies a dynamic theme based on the album cover of the song you are listening to. It supports many different audio formats: aac(mp4/m4a/m4b), mp3, ogg, flac, opus, tta, ape, wv, mpc, alac, wav, wma, adts, and 3gp. GoneMAD is compatible with Chromecast and Android Auto. The app also offers a two to ten band equalizer, plenty of presets for volume, your headphones and even a timer to stop the music when you fall asleep.

In short, the app is very complete, the interface rather ergonomic although very provided with several very nice widgets. The developer indicates that it does not collect or transmit any personal data.

  • Price: €4.99 (14-day free trial) / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not necessary / French language: yes

The drive scans your storage to find your songs and you can change the scan path depending on the folder where you store your songs / © NextPit

Counter (Android)

This app is as simplistic as the name suggests. It is a counter without ads, without in-app purchases (except a button to donate to the developer, nothing mandatory), without data collection and above all without fuss.

A plus button, a minus button, one to reset the counter, that’s it. The developer insists on the neomorphic design of the interface and in the era of Material Design at all costs, it is visually refreshing. The counter is clearly visible and the “+” and “-” buttons are big enough to spam the count without missing each other.

I literally had a blast banging the plus button for 5 minutes to see if it had a limit number and stopped at 1304 after questioning my life choices. The developer does not specify if the counter has a limit, perhaps it is set at 1305, I’ll let you test.

  • Price: €4.99 (14-day free trial) / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not necessary / French language: no
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The developer does not specify if the counter has a limit / © NextPit

FKeyboard (Android)

This alternative keyboard for Android has the particularity of launching animations each time you tap on a letter that scrolls the letter in question upwards, a bit like champagne bubbles.

The whole thing reminds me a little of that scene in the movie Very Bad Trip where Allan turns into Rain Man at the Casino and a whole bunch of mathematical formulas appear on the screen to illustrate the card counting he is doing to do.

Personally, I find that the animations are not visually noticeable enough. It is difficult to perceive the floating letters, especially with the night mode. You can choose from three different themes, all major Indo-European and Anglo-Saxon are supported. There are some in-app purchases but they don’t limit the user experience.

Android will show you a warning when installing this keyboard and granting it the necessary permissions. Google tells you that the app has the ability to collect the data you write and that it can be dangerous. I don’t know if this alert fires for all alternate keyboards. Anyway, a quick scan on exodus-privacy shows that the app doesn’t contain any trackers. The developer indicates that it does not collect or transmit any personal data.

  • Price: free / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: yes (€1.09 to €9.99 per item / Account: not necessary / French language: yes
FKeyboard app screenshots

I find that the animations are not visual enough, personally / © NextPit


Free Game – Animal Zoo 2
Take care of all your animals

Drinkable (Android)

This application offers cocktail recipes to make yourself. You can choose from a selection of ready-made recipes and consult the correct dosages (metric and imperial system). You can also adapt the recipes according to the number of glasses you plan to serve.

The application can also offer you recipes based on ingredients that you have added yourself. This allows you to get a little pick-me-up that you didn’t know existed with what’s lying around in your closet funds. On the other hand, Drinkable didn’t offer me a Biercola, a world-famous recipe that mixes beer and Coca-Cola. But I forgive him this affront.

The interface is minimalist but clear and readable. The application does not contain in-app purchases or advertisements and the developer indicates that it does not collect any personal data.

  • Price: free / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: not necessary / French language: no
Drinkable app screenshots

The app offers recipes based on what you have left in your cupboard funds / © NextPit

Before Your Eyes (Android & iOS)

I hesitated to integrate this game because it is a Netflix title and you must therefore have a subscription to the SVOD service to be able to play it. But I find the concept really nice and original, so I’ll let you get angry in the comments against the dictates of the web giants of which I am allegedly in the pay.

Before Your Eyes is a narrative game whose gameplay relies on blinking your eyes. You are in subjective view and you can move your “gaze” by scrolling your finger on the screen. But to interact with the environment, or advance the story, you literally have to blink.

It’s the same principle as a point and click except that you point with your fingers and click with your eyes. The game uses your selfie camera to determine whether you blink or not. It will first be necessary to calibrate the application before launching a game so that it only records intentional blinks.

I very quickly tested and I found it rather funny. Some reviews on the Play Store complain that the blink detection is too sensitive. But personally, I haven’t had any problems during my very short gaming experience. The graphics aren’t transcendent, but the visual style has its charm.

You play as a soul in the afterlife who sees his life flash before his eyes. The story is multiple-choice, so you control the outcome and you won’t have to blink at the wrong time.

  • Price: free (but overpriced Netflix subscription required) / Advertising: no / In-app purchases: no / Account: required / French language: yes