Google names its favourite Android apps of 2012

Google names its favourite Android apps of 2012
As the year draws to an end, Google names some of its favourite Android apps of 2012.

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It's not a trivial matter to pick a dozen of apps from the ocean of content that emerged during the course of 2012. To make things more complicated, you'd also have to re-consider older apps that saw drastic changes via the impromptu updates. Last but not least, compatibility between different Android devices is also a thing - a well made Android app should feel at home on a 3.5 inch Sony Xperia U just as much as on a 10 inch screened tablet.
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Coming from this, it's not hard to explain the reasoning behind Google's recently published list of top apps. It features some of our personal long-time favourites, such as Evernote, a cloud-based organiser that stores all your memos, or Pocket, another must-have app that lets you easily save web pages for offline viewing.
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Google also tried to balance out the list with some lesser known contenders with the likes of Ancestry, a unique genealogy app, and Fancy, a well-designed app that brings a fresh perspective to the world of online shopping and fashion. As another new entry this year, Pixlr Express brings along an unparallelled amount of photo editing and enhancing features to the mobile screens.

In no particular order, here are Google's top picks for 2012:

•    Evernote
•    Pinterest
•    Grimm’s Snow White
•    Pocket
•    Expedia
•    Ancestry
•    Fancy
•    SeriesGuide Show Manager
•    Pixlr Express
•    TED

While serial app-a-holics probably won't find many surprises here, the list is well thought out and gives credit where credit is due. Ideally, however, we would love to see Google come up with an additional list, where it would expose Android users to some of the hidden gems of Play Store, including games.

In case you missed it, here at Fonehouse we were also quite busy sharing our favourite apps to help you discover new ways to enhance your smartphone. As part of the FoneGuide series, we not only went into detail about best photography applications, but we've also discussed web browsers, GPS tracking, and Android keyboard apps.

If you had to recommend one app that was released this year, which one would you pick?


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