Best of 2012: 10 Apps Google+ Users Can’t Live Without

by: Derek RossDecember 31, 2012



A few days ago we showed you the 2012 best apps on Google Play, at least according to Google. According to Google, these apps really make Android shine. They are some of the best apps available for your favorite Android tablet or smartphone.  While some have launched over the past year, others received updates that offered great utility, beauty and accessibility. Sure, these apps are great, but what about apps that you simply just cannot live without? Your daily drivers. I took to Google+ and asked users just that. The results aren’t too surprising. It seems Google’s “best” and what users can’t seem to go without produce quite a different list.

1: Google+. This makes sense, as we did ask on Google+. No surprises here, I only saw Facebook listed once.

2: Google Now. While technically, this is Google Search, everyone seems to love automated information at your fingertips.
Google Search / Google Now

3: SwiftKey. Will we see the same in 2013 or will Google’s own gesture typing be a thorn in SwiftKey’s side next year as Android 4.2 rolls out to more devices?

4: Gmail. Android users use Gmail? Shocking!

5: Evernote. This one made Google’s best of the best list. It’s a great note taking application and so much more.

6: Google Play Music.  While not available everywhere, Play Music is a great service. In 2012, Play Music’s content grew leaps and bounds.
Google Play Music

7: Google Chrome. Many users still prefer the stock Android browser as it renders some web pages faster. However, the tab syncing ability makes Chrome shine.

8: Spotify. If you’re not drinking the Google kool-aid, Spotify is a great alternative.

9: Dropbox. The Dropbox application is top dog when it comes to file sharing. As Google fans, we hope in 2013 Drive gets some of these features.

10: Flipboard. Last, but not least, we have the social news reader which just came to Android this past year.

How’s this list stack up for your daily apps? Did any of your apps not make the cut? Let us know in the comments.


  • Fred Blue

    How about Google Drive? I cannot live without this app…

    • Hartley (Buck) Macklin

      I second Google Drive.

      • th3d

        To both of you, this is not about Google users, but Google+ users, G+. For Google+ you dont need Google Drive that much, i hope. If you do then ok, but i dont wanna know why.

    • Ivan Budiutama

      agree, the 2012 updates on Android for Google Drive make it even more useful. Can’t live without one.

  • Bryan Spellman

    oh wow look! The same list EVERY Tech Blog is posting! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone do a list of great apps you SHOULD be using not the ones that 98% of them come preinstalled on your phones…

    I expected better AA!

  • James Sarino

    I guess it depends on personal taste, but I prefer Pulse over Flipboard.

    • gPhone

      Doesnt matter as both are gay. This is an iphone user dilemma, “do i use the one with the most gay name, or the most gay features?”

      • jae

        Google reader. Not cuz it’s Google but it’s simple and clean

      • Mark Mann

        what about using the one with the most straight name or the most straight features?

    • polo

      me too. Pulse makes browsing news much faster. Recently I prefer Google Current to Pulse tho

      • James Sarino

        I like Current, but unless there’s been some recent changes, it tends to be a bigger resource hog than Pulse.

  • th3d

    Happy to say i am not using any of these, but thats because i dont use G+ maybe…

    Google Now is interesting anyway, its already 12 years ago i worked 2 years (as a server programmer) on making something like that, but noone wanted it. I hope they still dont want it, coz our take on it was much more sophisticated and complete, with many information sources, not only web hits, and no paid ads where pushed to the end user, only legitimate relevant stuff, no “enter credit car number to proceed”. But the licensing fee was $700 per user, maybe thats why we sold only a few hundred licenses ahaha.

  • th3d

    By the way, i dont like that it seem to be a trend that you must use google services when you use android. I use android despite of it being a google products, not because its a google product. Ideally we would not use anything from google, the way they are commercializing the web is just horrible, they are to the web what Microsoft is to PCs. Heres to Google and MS going down the drain eventually, cheers.

    (Exclusive Debian Linux user since 2004, but i admit i use Microsoft at work, my MS expertise is whats paying my salary, but i dont let their crap infect my personal usage, i may be a MS whore but they can never take my soul (and neither can google). My heart belongs to Debian.)

  • Fast for facebook!

  • whitering

    well yeah this is for g+ user, I’m not an active g+ user..
    as a google user I only need gmail and latitude app.

    agree with swiftkey btw..

  • Roshan Kumar

    I think Pulse is extremely good

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