Google has taken to the Play Store to post the top Android apps from the past year and the list contains a few surprises. Despite the fact that 2012 saw the release of Instagram on Android, the previous iPhone exclusive app didn’t make the list, even though it has racked up over 50 million downloads. Instead, it looks like the list is full of apps that make life easier, as opposed to a lot of content creation apps. Here’s a quick breakdown of Google’s picks:
Zappos: An online retailer specializing in clothes and shoes.
Evernote: The all-in-one app for keeping you life, photos and notes organized.
Pinterest: The app that allows people to share everything from “Do-it-Yourself” tips to recipes and hot items.
Grimm’s Snow White: A cool interactive storybook based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale
Pocket: Formerly known as “Read it Later,” Pocket is an offline reader for content that you can’t always read right away.
Expedia: Book hotels and trips all in this well executed app.
Ancestry: A mobile version of Ancestry.com’s website, that allows users to view their genealogy tree with a gorgeous UI.
Fancy: This is an app that lets users share their personal style, fashion and even shop.
Mint: An app by Intuit, that helps users keep their financials in check with an easy to use interface with robust features.
Seriesguide Show Manager: An app that allows users to have a second-screen experience for TV.
Pixlr Express: A new photo app that looks to give Instagram a run for its money, it features filters too, but also contains more dynamic photo editing options.
TED: This is an app that allows people to view lectures from some of the world’s brightest people.
So those are the top apps on Android for the 2012 year. I was a little surprised myself, not to find apps like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which I feel mimicked the console version to the tee, then there was Temple Run, which isn’t my favorite, but still made a massive impact when it launched on Android this year. And who can forget about the creative and unique title, Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery, which I believe really needs to be added to the list. Either way, I’m sure we all have our favorites which didn’t make Google’s list, so if you have an app that you loved this year and want to share it with us, let us know in the comments below.