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Google’s 12 best Android apps for 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, ‘ol Googs has finally revealed their top picks for apps of the year. If you’re expecting Holo-themed diamonds in the rough, you may be left wanting. Google said their pics were based on compatibility with both tablets and smartphones, and even a few veteran apps who recently found themselves redesigned made the cut.

While I don’t have any particular objections with Google’s picks for best of 2012, I was only a bit disappointed to find there weren’t really any surprises. See for yourself and let me know if you agree. In no particular order, Google’s best Android apps for 2012 are:

Zappos

 

Evernote

 

Pinterest

 

Grimm’s Snow White

 

Pocket

 

Expedia Hotels & Flights

 

Ancestry

 

Fancy

 

Mint.com Personal Finance

 

SeriesGuide Show Manager

 

Pixlr Express

 

TED

We, at Phandroid, will be throwing together our own list in the coming days but I have to say, I don’t think any of above apps will be making the cut. But — what say ye, Phandroids? Agree or disagree with Google’s list for 2012?




  • dreadnatty08

    Yawn.

  • itmustbejj

    Are these ranked in order of budgets spent to Google Ads? :p

  • Liquifire3D

    Zzzzzzzzzz……..

  • EasyEEE

    Link lazy? ;p

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Links are embedded in the titles :)

    • Bryan J Faber

      Reading lazy?

  • peter

    This list makes Google look like a big sellout. Pixlr is good though

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.frank.50 Steve Frank

    $Ancestry$…r$eally$..

  • Butters619

    Mint easily is the best app in the list

  • Dan Sabau

    “there weren’t really any surprises” <- you must be joking! this is like 95% useless apps :(

    I would have expected at least some classic contestants: like a keyboard, a launcher, some games or a decent office app.

    • ntegrit

      You’re quite right about the joking – if none of these will be making Phandroid’s list, they should all be considered surprises!

  • Joshhud

    Pageonce is so much better than mint

  • Crimsonshadow774

    Evernote is only app worthy of the list. Its functionality and design are fantastic.

    • Crimsonshadow774

      the only*

  • MK2

    Boooooring.

  • Splaktar

    Pocket is awesome. Don’t know about the rest.

  • tgryffyn

    I’m partial to TVShowFavs for TV episode tracking. Has lots of the same features/integration as SeriesGuide, maybe more. Worth mentioning at least:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tvshowfavs

  • ntegrit

    I don’t have any of them, and I don’t plan to.

  • BigCiX

    Amazing…….your very own phandroid app isn’t even listed.

  • blest

    This list is really bad.

  • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

    I really like the Fancy App!

  • jurrabi

    How can a app only usable in the US and Canada (Mint.com Personal Finance) be in the list of best Android Apps?

    Maybe if you call it best US Android apps it can fit. Otherwise it’s not a candidate for the list.

  • guitarist5122

    i saw this days ago on Google play and was highly disappointed. i really want to know who put that list together

  • Nick Aufdemorte

    Sucks that Fancy just got bought by Apple. I really love just looking over that app, so many cool things..

  • BLADESMAN1889

    The zappos app only appears in play store when directly clicked from this blog. When I open Google play separately zappos.com isn’t even displayed in the list – there are just 10 Best Apps. Instead it just shows another app from the dev, some gangnam wallpaper ?

  • No_Nickname90

    Maybe there’s a larger amount of people using their phones for business then there is people who use it for recreational usage. Or maybe I’m just trying to give this list some justice.

  • Michael Thompson

    I would describe the offerings as “tepid”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004852659257 John Bush

    I really like ArkMC application!

  • John R. Peters Jr.

    This is a horrible list. Especially since Series Guide isn’t as good as TV Show Favs.

  • Bryan J Faber

    Yawn is correct…any tegra zone apps or thd should’ve dominated. Tegra3 is only way to play on android.

    • Bryan J Faber

      Hbogo, amazon video oh wait that’s on ipad, hmmm lol

  • lorixie

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