You don’t have to go to great lengths to find out what are some of the best Android appsaround 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):
- Grimm’s Snow White
- Expedia Hotels & Flights
- Seriesguide Show Manager
- Pixlr Express
- TED Conferences
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).