With 2012 in its last ebb, let’s turn back and look at the 10 best Android applications of 2012. A lot has happened since the time we were engaged in conversations about the best apps of 2011. We even had a word or two on what to expect in 2012. Now, the time to make a list for the future has come once again.
Once living the life of a second fiddle to Apple’s cluttered App Store, Android’s Google Play has come a long way. Though it still is second to Apple on the app count, the fact that Google Play is fast catching up with Apple can’t be denied.
Below is a list of 10 of the Best Free Android Apps of 2012:
Yelp is the app to go to when you want to search and read reviews of nearby places to shop, drink, eat and relax. By using the comments and reviews of active community members and locals, Yelp becomes a comprehensive review tool. Although the reviews can be a matter of touch and go, Yelp is a great way of knowing where to go and what to miss when in not-so-familiar places. With the help of photos, Yelp goes a long way in helping local businesses gain popularity.
Bump your phones together and share photos, apps, videos, contacts and much more! You got the point! And the latest we’ve got on the Bump front is to bump your phone and computer together and send photos from the phone to the computer. It’s as simple as it gets. Bump lets you share your contact information, connect with your friends using Facebook, Twitter, find mutual friends on social networking sites, share apps and sync contacts and photos between devices. That’s a lot Bump can do. All it takes is a little nudge.
Dropbox is a free service that allows you to bring together all your files, documents, photos from anywhere. The minute you upload any file to your computer and save it on your Dropbox, the file gets saved automatically in all your computers, Android devices, and on the Dropbox site. That means, you now have the freedom to take all your documents and files everywhere you go.
WhatsApp Messenger is a great app available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phones and others. This app makes use of Wi-Fi or 3G, whichever available, to send messages, receive messages, photos, videos and audio notes. It doesn’t involve hidden costs, international messaging charges, pins or usernames, or logging in permissions. It is simply a useful messaging app that comes with customized notification sounds, wallpapers, chat history and the option of retrieving offline messages.
Are you game for news, trending topics and anything that’s making headlines around the world? Then Pulse is the app for you. A good application that makes catching up on news engaging and interesting. Pulse comes with options to view news stories in dual view, offline syncing, ability to save stories, the ease of sharing news items, integrating news with Google Readers through an RSS feed. This is a great way to get your daily dose of news from a single place.
Instagram is free, fun and fantastic. Coming with custom made filters, effects, front and back camera support, Instagram gives you the ability to instantly share to Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. It also helps you interact with friends by giving and getting likes and comments. With a single click of a button, you can check the creative side of your friends, family and the world over.
One of the most popular applications of 2012, Pinterest is one of the best apps that help you collect, discover, and share everything that’s ever interested and inspired you. Have a talent and want to share it with the world? Pinterest is the way forward. You can use Pinterest to collect, plan, organize and share everything you like. You can also pin images from websites, blogs and just about anywhere on the web.
Does music help you de-stress? Then music it’s going to be. Slacker Radio is a great free app that lets you listen to personalized radio on your phone. With this app, you can listen to more than 100 custom designed radio stations; store your favorite stations, browse through songs, lyrics and artists. You also get the ability to download all your favorite songs, create and personalize any station and even get music information in the form of reviews and artist bios.
When talking about best Android Apps, can we miss mentioning game apps? Temple Run has proven to be an addictive, fast and thrilling game. It has garnered over 50 million active players’ world over. It was also voted as the Game of the Week by TouchArcade Forums. Swipe, Run, slide, jump, and go as fast as you can, this is a treasure hunting game like no other. While you are at it, see if you can top your friends’ high scores!
Angry Birds Space:
Does this one even need introduction? Angry Birds Space comes with new and interesting interstellar levels to complete on planets and zero gravity places in space! New super powers, new galaxies to explore and new birds to play with, there is no limit to Angry Birds.
This is a guest post by Lance Goodman of dishtvoffer.com, a site that offers savings and current information on dish tv guide, as well as dish.com services.