With 2012 almost at an end, the top xxxxx lists of the year are in full swing and now Google is getting in on the action. Google’s list of the best apps of 2012 seems surprisingly or unsurprisingly depending on your point of view less dependent on looks and features and more on apps that are “…Available globally and offer a great user experience on both tablets and phones. From excellent tools to objects of beauty, each of these applications represents the best of Google Play.”
So here’s your top apps of 2012 in no particular order, according to the Play Store editorial team:
The best in mobile shopping with a great selection, free shipping and returns as well as an elegant new UI for phones and tablets.
Stay on top of every element of your life, from anywhere. Take notes, capture photos and record memos with this amazing organizer.
Take full advantage of your android device and set pins from anywhere using the built-in sharing system. Share and enjoy!
A deceptively simple and well-executed storybook that serves as a perfect introduction to the world of Grimm’s fairy tales.
A full-featured offline reader that is constantly adding new capabilities like site subscriptions that let you save articles on paid sites.
A beautiful and well-designed app that sets the bar for globally relevant travel tools with a rich and detailed tablet experience.
A unique and full-featured genealogy app that delivered a stunning design overhaul which also delivered new functionality.
Fancy lets you share your personal style with style and brings a fresh perspective to the worlds of online shopping and fashion.
One of the most robust, feature-rich and intuitively designed tools available to help you master your personal finances.
Enjoy a great second-screen experience for TV that features an attractive, practical and well-planned design aesthetic.
A relatively new photography app that provides an amazing array of editing and photo-correction tools for both phones and tablets.
Enjoy talks and lectures from some of the world’s most fascinating mavericks, gurus and legends.