You don’t have to go to great lengths to find out what are some of the best Android apps around in our views, but if you want a more informed opinion Google has come out with a pretty interesting top ten.
And when I say interesting, I mean bizarre as much as unexpected, because, to be frank and blunt, the list contains quite a few duds. There are even a couple of apps there some of you will hear for the first time about, but then again this is no ordinary chart.
First off, you have to keep in mind that these are the “best apps of 2012”, so Google has focused on brand new products or apps that have gotten major “life-changing” updates during the past 12 months.
It’s equally as important to note that the list is not based on number of downloads, direct user votes or reviews, but more on the apps’ potential of offering a “great user experience on both tablets and phones” and their combination of “utility, beauty and accessibility”. In Google’s view, of course.
Now, without further ado, here are the best apps of the year (in no particular order):
So, is the list diverse? I’d say. But as ridiculous as some of the names might sound (I’m thinking of you, Snow White), there are also those that you can’t argue very much with.
Pinterest for one has topped five million downloads in its first four months of Google Play existence, and, with a cool 4.7 star average in over 200,000 reviews, it’s definitely on a lot of people’s own best lists (mostly of the fair sex, but still).
Meanwhile, Evernote can brag with even more impressive stats, having reached the 10 million download mark some time ago and enjoying the same awesome 4.7 star average in almost 500,000 Google Play reviews.
Though they’re not as popular as Pinterest and Evernote for Android, we can’t say we’re very shocked to see Pocket and TED making the cut. We’ve been fans of the Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences for years, and despite a rather bumpy start, the Android app has grown to be quite fluent and useful. Pocket is another awesome app, being probably the number one offline reader you can find in Google Play.
Now, for the other side of the coin. Snow White is definitely the most exotic name on the list, especially that it’s the only paid app in the bunch, but almost equally as puzzling are Ancestry and SeriesGuide Show Manager's presences in the top. Don’t get me wrong, the former is pretty nifty and fun, while the latter has a very friendly user interface, but are they really some of the best around? I think not.
Do you guys agree? Are you as surprised as I am to see names like Snow White and Ancestry next to Pinterest and Evernote on this list? How about your personal top ten lists – would any of the above apps make the cut? Who would you put instead?