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.
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.
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.
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How about Google Drive? I cannot live without this app…
I second Google Drive.
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.
agree, the 2012 updates on Android for Google Drive make it even more useful. Can’t live without one.
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!
Then make your own list and quit whining
I guess it depends on personal taste, but I prefer Pulse over Flipboard.
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?”
Google reader. Not cuz it’s Google but it’s simple and clean
what about using the one with the most straight name or the most straight features?
me too. Pulse makes browsing news much faster. Recently I prefer Google Current to Pulse tho
I like Current, but unless there’s been some recent changes, it tends to be a bigger resource hog than Pulse.
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.
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.)
Ignorant user making ignorant comment, way to go
Super ignorant user, trolling on AA.
Fast for facebook! http://goo.gl/FJPrH
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..
I think Pulse is extremely good
I really enjoy Picsay Pro. Its my favorite photo editor. Been using it since the original MyTouch debuted. I love that I can get into serious detail, pixel by pixel. The distortions and effects are awesome.