Top 10 Basic and Useful Android Apps of 2012

It’s that time of year where everyone is busy wrapping things going into the flashback of 2012 and making a forecast of things that are likely happen in the coming year 2013. Today I was using my android phone (Samsung galaxy) and I started wondering about the good and the bad apps that I installed, tried and retained a few of them and uninstalled quite a few others. For me the good apps means which have a purpose to serve and a problem to solve (games are included too since they are the biggest friends when it comes to solving the problem of loneliness and boredom). They must be user friendly and error free. Most importantly which do not adversely affect the life of the battery.  Free apps are always welcome but there are also paid apps that are quite awesome and give value for money.

Here is the list of top ten apps that made to my list:

1.    Temple Run

Temple run for android

Have been playing temple run on my iPad but playing the same on every other device is great. This addictive game is now out for Android and the run for life begins after stealing the cursed idol from the temple. This is an interesting game and escaping from the evil Demon Monkeys tests our reflections. Jumping and sliding to avoid obstacles, swiping to turn, collecting to buy power ups and unlocking new characters is all fun.

Temple Run Google Play
Price Free

2.    What’sApp Messenger

What's App Messenger Android

One of the best apps for SMS freaks! Endless chat with friends is made fun with the introduction of group chat for this app. WhatsApp can be used to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes and video messages over the traditional SMS.

What’s App on Google Play
Price FREE first year ($0.99/year after)

3.    ezPDF Reader PDF

PDF Reader for android

It is a multipurpose reader enriched with Audio & Video Multimedia PDF Reader, Annotate, Listen, and Fill out PDF Form features. It is the Best Selling and Most Commented Multimedia PDF viewer.

ezPDF Reader Pro on Google Play
Price: You get it in two versions Lite and Pro and the price range from $1 to $5.

4.    Chrome for Android

Chrome for android

Google’s browser chrome made its mobile debut in 2012. The newest feature allows you to sign in to sync your personalized Chrome experience from your computer to bring it with you anywhere you go. The icing on the cake is that its superfast and well polished.

Chrome for Android on Google Play
Price Free

5.    Evernote

evernote for android

The credits won by this app includes New York Times ‘Top 10 Must-Have App’, Winner: TechCrunch Crunchies, Mashable Awards and the Webbys. It is believed to be the best productivity app of 2012 which helps organize bringing together your life scattered on various other devices. Evernote allows you to sink your account on various devices so that you never miss it again whether you are at home or office or on the go.

Evernote on Google Play
Price Free

6.    Any.DO

anydo to-do list maker android

One of the best to-do list maker with voice recognition feature which means it is possible to set tasks with the help of your phone’s mike. Things that can be done with the help of this app are possibly endless. Seamless cloud sync, Alerts, Snooze tasks, Google Task Sync, Notes, Sub tasks, Rep eating / Recurring Tasks, Missed call, Auto complete, In app actions, Gesture support & it’s not over yet. If you want to know more then just download it.

Any.DO on Google Play
Price Free

7.    Google Drive

Google drive android

This incredible android app encourages you to save and share anything and everything! This app which gives you 5GB storage space for free (with an option to pay and get more) can sink files with your PC, work offline without the need for internet and can upload files directly from your android device. You can use this Android app to access your photos, documents, videos and other files stored on your Google Drive.

Google Drive on Google Play
Price Free

8.    Instagram

instagram for android

Yet again iOS exclusive made it’s enrty to Android world this year, it’s fast, free and fun really. This facebook owned app is just the right fit in today’s sharing era where every click of a photo is up on social media in no time. Share your photos with friends and follow them in a simple way and get photo updates instantly.

Instagram on Google play
Price Free

9.    Flipboard

flipboard for android

I have been longing to use this app on my android smart phone as I always did on iPad and here it is. This app has been released for android and it’s just too good. You can read news and also connect your social media accounts to access them in the form of a magazine. This is an award winning experience to flip through the news from your Twitter timeline as well as from outlets like the BBC, USA Today, The Verge and not to forget the amazing time seeing the photos and feeds from friends and family on Facebook and Instagram.

Flipboard on Google Play
Price Free

10.    Robin

robin virtual assistant for android

She can tweet for you, provide parking information (real-time), needless to say she is capable of providing navigation directions, and many things endless. This super virtual assistant is endorsed by TechCrunch, CNET, Wired, Lifehacker, etc is worth giving a try.

Robin Virtual assistant on Google Play
Price Free

I find these apps not only useful but also technically fit for smooth performance to the best of my knowledge.

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