By Jimmie Geddes email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 31, 2012 09:36 PM EST
I wanted to put together my top 5 free Android apps of 2012 to share with you and want you to share with me and other Mobile & Apps readers in our comments section below.
It'll be great to share my list and read your list because there are thousands of apps available in the Google Play Store and if you're like me you're always on the lookout to download and find a favorite new app.
The Google Play Store has practically caught up with Apple's App Store in its offering of apps and now we've got many to choose from. Some of my favorite Android apps are also some of my favorite iOS apps because most developers are no longer choosing to launch on iOS first and then follow up with an Android app. It's great to have the same apps and excellent features on both platforms.
When it comes to Android, I currently use a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE. All of the apps I'm listing are free because it's much easier to try out a free app when you're reading someone's opinion of their favorite apps.
Here are my top 5 free Android apps of 2012:
#1. Pocket is my favorite "Read it later" app for Android. I'm constantly coming across articles on my MacBook Air that I would like to read later especially during my daily commute to work which keeps me underground in the NYC subway. Thanks to Pocket, I always have something interesting to read on my Galaxy Nexus before I make my way above ground.
#2. ROM Manager is my favorite custom ROM Manager. If you're like me and like to root your device to make it do things the original OEM never intended it to do, ROM manager is the app you want. You can find countless ROMs created by developers who add amazing features to your Android device. ROM Manager allows you to manage all of your custom ROMs in a very handy UI. It also allows you to perform backups of your device in case there's an issue with a ROM you installed and would like to restore from a backup you created with ROM Manager. This is a must have app for root users!
#3. Songza is my favorite music streaming service. It has replaced Pandora on my Galaxy Nexus. This app is amazing as there are no audio advertisements and no listening limits, unlike some other free music streaming services. Songza was even named "Editor's Choice" by Google Play, so that should tell you that this is a quality app that should be on your device. Songza allows you to browse playlists organized by activity, genre, decade, time of day, mood and many more. You need to install this if you haven't already.
#4. Wunderlist is my favorite task management app on Android, as well as iOS, and Mac. It allows me to add tasks from whatever device I'm using and syncs it to the cloud so I always have what I need to do regardless of what device is in front of me. It's the ultimate to-do list in my opinion.
#5. Pulse is my favorite RSS/newsreader app on Android. I also use it on iOS as well. It syncs my RSS feeds and displays them in a panning story bar view that makes it very easy for me to tap on the news I want to read without wasting any time digging through stories that don't interest me. Pulse is always updating the app and adding new features and that's why it continues to be my favorite Android and iOS newsreader.
Please share your favorite Android apps in the comments below; I'm looking forward to reading what your favorite apps are!