Every weekend we meet at NextPit for a selection of 5 free or paid mobile applications and games that caught our attention in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Just like my colleague Antoine Engels does every week, I bring you the best possible apps that aren’t data mining traps or microtransaction hells. In addition to our own finds, I also included apps recommended by the NextPit community and shared on our forum.

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 and you can check out Antoine’s recommendations for last week’s list of 5 apps at this link.

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Erase.bg (Android and iOS)

Erase.bg (for “background”, not Bulgaria) is an easy-to-use web app for Android and iPhones to easily remove background elements from your photos. This suggestion came from Luna in the French community (thanks!) and would have saved me a few seconds of editing the opening image for this page had I discovered it sooner.

You can upload files from your phone’s gallery or use the camera to take a photo. After a short upload and analysis, the app shows the resulting image with a link to download the transparent PNG file, without watermarks, ads, captchas or artificially imposed wait times.

Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.

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The results were better than I expected. Ben’s photo was tricky, with the shoes out of focus / © NextPit

Bath timer (iOS & Android)

Ok, I’m cheating a bit on this one. Bathtimer was suggested a few weeks ago, but has now arrived with iOS. Isn’t that a good excuse to show it again? Especially given the threat of rising energy prices around the world – thanks to attention-seeking-decadent-governments!

Set (realistic) goals for each step of your bath, type in how much time you currently spend in the shower, and then Bath Time will suggest a timeline to reach your goal, taking a few seconds of parts of your shower routine and offering a timer to track your progress. The Play Store listing states that the app has ads, but we didn’t see them during testing.

Price: Free / Ads: No (Yes, according to Play Store) / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.

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The interface has changed a bit since Antoine first suggested it / © NextPit

Chameleon (Android)

Another tip from the French forums, Chameleon is a simple app for Android that suggests palettes based on a color you select. The combinations include complementary, staggered, analog, shades or shades.

You can save favorite colors to come back to later and also generate random palettes that can be exported as an image. There are no ads or in-app purchases. I wish it provided an export tool to save the suggested combinations – shown only in hexadecimal – in different formats.

Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.

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Another app that could have possibly improved the header. Am I detecting a pattern here? / © NextPit

Wake On Lan (Android)

This suggestion is admittedly super niche, but since Antoine will be back from the Bahamas in a few weeks, I won’t have enough time to ruin this column with more apps like this one, or maybe someone will find Wake on Lan useful.. In short, This app allows you to enable compatible devices in your local network with a quick tap on the phone.

Setting up the app isn’t that easy, even though it offers a network scanner that detects available IPs: you need to pass the MAC address of the device, type in a name, and the broadcast address (the default one should work). After that, just tap the button to turn on the device. In addition, you can set a shortcut in the Quick Settings.

Price: Free / Ads: No / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.

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Left Out (Android & iOS)

This isn’t a particularly new game, and it was even featured in NextPit’s weekly list of free apps months ago. Still, I’m a fan of minimalist puzzles, like Andrey Spencer’s, Hamster on Coke, and Rainbow Train, the last studio responsible for this week’s game suggestion.

With (REALLY) simple mechanics, Up Left Out requires you to free blocks from the playing field. The game doesn’t keep score and it’s impossible to die, so the only challenge is to discover the new possibilities that arise as you progress and to complete stages with as few moves as possible, or faster. There’s a soothing (optional) soundtrack and almost no interface, just the option to replay previous stages.

Price: $0.99 / Ads: None / In-app purchases: No / Account: Not required.

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