Best Android Apps of 2012

Did you know that there are now more than 500,000 Android apps in Google Play? Because of this, looking for the good ones can be quite a chore. To make your search easier, here are a few suggested apps that we think you should try.

                        Flipboard

Frankly, Flipboard isn’t as essential as Facebook or Twitter; it merely unifies access to popular social networks into one app, which isn’t really a new concept. But once you experience Flipboard’s intuitive magazine-like presentation, you’d never ever want to go back to regular Facebook, Twitter or even New York Times.

                        Google Drive

Step aside Dropbox—Google Drive is here. Think of it as Google Docs on steroids. The difference here is you can store anything—music, photos, Photoshop files, whatever—in Google Drive. The service synchronises your computer and Android device, so if you modify anything in either machine, it would reflect in whatever other device you use.

                        Chrome

If you’re using Ice Cream Sandwich, then Chrome should be the browser that you’re using on your Android—especially if you’re also using it on your desktop. Why? Your mobile Chrome can access all your desktop Chrome bookmarks and browsing history. Android Chrome also supports private browsing, voice search, and other really cool features.

                        Smart Tools

There are a variety of apps that measure length, height, angle and direction. What makes Smart Tools different is that it does all of these, and does each really well. It even has a metal detector and flashlight. It’s like having a tool belt in your phone!

                        Friendcaster for Facebook

It may not be an official Facebook app, but Friendcaster actually works better. It features real-time notifications, a quicker and great-looking interface, multiple themes, the ability to tag more than one friend at a time in each post, higher-resolution photos, support for multiple accounts, and more.

                        Tasker

Prepare to be blown away. With the Tasker app, you can program your Android phone to do pretty much anything. You can automate your device to go on silent when you put it face-down or automatically play music when you plug in the audio jack. You can even have your GPS conveniently activated whenever you run any or all location-based apps. Tasker will change your life.

                        World Lens

World Lens is AMAZING. The app translates printed words from one language to another in real-time using your Android phone’s camera. It gets better: World Lens also displays the translated text using the same font, colour and perspective, as if the actual print was changed. And you don’t need any internet connection for the app to work.

                        Dictionary.com

With the Dictionary.com app, you don’t have to go online to search the meaning of a word since the data is stored locally (i.e. on your Android phone). You can get the free version, which has ads, or the ad-free premium version.

                        Wikipedia

There have been other third-party attempts to bring Wikipedia to Android, but the official Wikipedia for Android app does it better. It may not have an offline version, but it’s free and works like a charm.

                        WebMD for Android

Talk about useful. WebMD has an Android app that helps you find out more about your condition by keying in your symptoms. It also has a pill identification feature, a guide for first aid, and local healthcare listings. Have we mentioned it’s free?

About the Author:

This guest post was brought to you by Michael. Michael is a tech expert and has been reviewing mobile phones and technologies for many years. He is also a content writer for mobiles.com.au

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