Best Hidden Gems of 2018

Last updated: November 30, 2018

These apps are new to the scene and quietly building a fanbase – from newcomers on the brink of getting big to our favorite niche platforms.
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Slowly reimagines snail mail for the digital age: Send notes to pen pals, with delivery time based on the physical distance between you and your pen pal. If you’re craving new global connections or nostalgic for the days of stamps and delayed gratification, this is your app.

Unfold — Story Templates

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Bring a cohesive, stylish look to your social stories, tying photos and videos together with smart templates and elegant fonts. Each of your story pages are saved to your phone, so you can hang onto them and share away.
Draw on the world around you with this refreshingly simple, surprisingly delightful app. You’ll mark your environment with a white line – on your own or with a friend – and capture your augmented reality creations in a short, shareable video.
Luci’s namesake mascot is your purple dream guide, here to help you experience lucid dreaming. You’ll embark on this journey with tools to help you remember your dreams, a sleep recorder, and a personal dream journal (doodling space included!).

Learn Spanish through music with Lirica

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Offers in-app purchases
Learn Spanish with one of the world’s greatest language-teachers: music. Lirica’s vocabulary and grammar lessons are tied to current and classic Spanish-language music videos — from Enrique Iglesias to Elvis Crespo.
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