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:







Grimm’s Snow White




Expedia Hotels & Flights




Fancy Personal Finance


SeriesGuide Show Manager


Pixlr Express



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?

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  • dreadnatty08


  • itmustbejj

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

  • Liquifire3D


  • EasyEEE

    Link lazy? ;p

    • 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

  • Steve Frank


  • 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


  • 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:

  • 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.

  • Mitch Samuels

    I really like the Fancy App!

  • jurrabi

    How can a app only usable in the US and Canada ( 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..


    The zappos app only appears in play store when directly clicked from this blog. When I open Google play separately 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”.

  • 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