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Top 20 Android Apps for 2012

by Dilawer Soomro

You might have noticed our Top 20 Best iPhone apps list, but that doesn’t mean we will forget about my favorite platform, yeah, Android. Android is the world’s #1 mobile OS and almost 65% of the smartphone users own an Android device. So, if you’re looking for some cool apps then you’re probably in luck, as we’ve just compiled the Top 20 Android apps for 2012.

No more wait, below is the complete list of the apps that we think are the best apps for the ending year.

Pocket

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(Google Play: Free)

Pocket is one the few apps available on Android that let you view your web content later when you’re offline. It allows users to save web pages, articles and even videos for later viewing at a suitable time. With a simple and user friendly UI, Pocket is definitely one of the top apps for this year.

Evernote

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(Google Play: Free)

Ah! nobody likes it when they miss out on something important, be it your GF’s birthday or an important meeting with a client; forgetting something is a real pain in the [Beep]. Well, Evernote makes sure that you never forget anything important by taking notes or creating memos for you. You can capture photos, make schedules or memos to remind you of stuff that you want done. It sure deserves a spot in the list.

Sketchbook Pro

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(Google Play: $4.99)

You love DrawSomething, don’t you? Well, this app will make DrawSomething feel like a 9 year old kid’s game to you. Sketchbook Pro is the perfect drawing/painting companion. Even if you draw for fun or as a profession, this app will help you in either situation. The quality of the app is same as its desktop counterparts, so you’re in safer hands with your creations. Perfect for Tablets with 7” or larger display.

Google Maps

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(Google Play: Free)

Yes, of course we’ve included Google Maps in our list. Most of the time it comes pre-installed on all Android devices, but if for some reason it isn’t then you should download it right now. You can’t deny the fact that this is the best Navigation app out there except for the “REVOLUTIONARY” Apple maps. (Sarcasm)

Dead Trigger

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(Google Play: Free)

You can’t make a Top 20 list without including some solid games in it. Dead Trigger is the best zombie shooter available for Android. The game sports console-like graphics and the gameplay is highly entertaining as well. Nothing beats the satisfaction that you get when shooting the cr*p outta some Brain-eating living deads.

Swiftkey 3

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(Google Play: $4.79)

The only app I happily paid nearly $5 for and never regretted that decision ever. Swiftkey 3 s the perfect keyboard for your Android device. Don’t stick to those crappy Stock keyboards that come pre-installed on your devices. Give it a try and you’ll definitely fall in love with this intelligent keyboard. A must have for every Android user.

Flipboard

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(Google Play: Free)

Flipboard combines the power of social networks and world news together. Flipboard brings you the latest news from your favorite news sources like BBC, CNN, The Verge, etc and also shows you the latest posts from your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc in a very beautiful magazine design. A must have app for people who want to keep tabs on the latest happenings around them and the world.

Beautiful Widgets

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(Google Play: $2.58)

The best thing about Android is its openness. You can customize as much as you want and make it suit your style. Well, Beautiful Widgets will help you do that. With this app you can make your device more personal and give it a unique look that matches your taste. There are so many different styles within the app to choose from and express yourself. Give it a whirl and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it.

Hotspot Shield

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(Google Play: Free)

We all want to make our web browsing more secure and private. This is where Hotspot shield comes into play. It does exactly the same, makes you’re browsing more secure and also reduces your data usage by using Bandwidth compression technique. Hotspot Shield is the most downloaded VPN across all platforms. With over 100 million downloads backing it up, Hotspot Shield is one of the best apps we’ve come across this year.

Nova Launcher Prime

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(Google Play: $4.00)

The best homescreen replacement for your Android device. Nova Launcher is the best bang for your hard earned buck. Get rid of your stock launchers and install Nova, you’ll definitely fall in love with it. It is fast, smooth and on top of everything, it is beautiful.

SinglesAroundMe (SAM)

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(Google Play: Free)

Launched recently, this app has become one of my favorite in a short time. This is one of the few dating apps that give you accurate information about Single people around you. You can look at single people within 100 feet to 100 miles of your location and share your information anyone you like. If you’re single and looking to mingle, then SAM is a must have for you.

WhatsApp Messenger

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(Google Play: Free)

Ever wondered why BB-users love their old school Blackberry devices? Well, honestly because of BBM service. If you want to have a taste of BBM on your Android then WhatsApp is the perfect alternative for the service. It lets you use your phone number as your ID, you can send texts, share files with your friends on WhatsApp and ditch SMS for good.

Office Suite Pro 6.5

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(Google Play: $14.99)

Of course, that’s quite a massive price tag for just a mobile app, but Office Suite is worth each penny. It lets you do all your productive work on the go from making simple documents to creating spreadsheets, it does it all. Integration with cloud storage services like, DropBox, Google Drive, etc helps users to easily manage their files on the go.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

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(Google Play: $5.88)

One of the most played games across all platforms; Minecraft has made quite a name for itself. With over 1 million downloads on Android alone it is definitely one of the most popular games available on Android. Everyone loves Minecraft, you build everything from scratch, whatever you want from a house to a city just name it. A highly addictive game and a must have for Minecraft lovers who don’t want to miss out on the game even on the go.

PowerAMP Music Player

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(Google Play: $5)

The #1 paid music player app on Google Play is definitely going to be on our Top 20 list. PowerAMP is the best music player out there. With features like Gapless play, a powerful equalizer and support for almost all the music formats, this has got to be the best Music player app. For a limited time, the developers are offering 50% off on PowerAMP, so don’t miss out on this great deal.

Ingress

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(Google Play: Free)

Though still in closed Beta this app has already proved its worth. Ingress is an augmented reality game created by Google. The game transforms the real world around you into a game. Where you can search for portals and embark on a Futuristic journey with your smartphone. Love the concept? Go ahead and Install the app, you’ll need an invite to start playing the game though.

HootSuite

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(Google Play: Free)

Using a different app for each social network can be a big hassle for some people. This is where HootSuite comes into play. It lets you use all your social networks at one place. Whether you want to tweet, comment on a status or check-in at a restaurant, HootSuite lets you manage Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, etc with just one app. No need to install dedicated apps for each Social network when you’ve got HootSuite.

Scramble with Friends

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(Google Play: $0.99)

If you love playing Scrabble with your friends and family then Scramble with Friends is the perfect game for you. It is an enhanced version of Scrabble and you can play with your friends online. Make as many words as you can before you run out of time. Compete with friends, top the leaderboards and share your achievements on Facebook.

SoundHound

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(Google Play: Free)

Move on, Shazam! SoundHound is in the house. Yes! SoundHound is the best alternative to Shazam. It recognizes and finds songs for you that you keep forgetting. Just sing a few lines, hum it or even a whistle would do the trick and it will automatically find out what song you’re looking for 9/10 times. SoundHound also provides you with live lyrics for your favorite songs.

myWeather Mobile

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(Google Play: Free)

Everyone wants to keep tabs on the current and upcoming weather changes. myWeather makes sure that you get up-to the minute weather reports for your area (or any area). It provides enhanced reports, forecasts and temperature. You need to have this app on your Android if you’re planning a golfing trip or a picnic.

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