By Keerthi Chandrashekar / ( | First Posted: Dec 27, 2012 10:28 AM EST

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As end-of-the-year lists begin pouring out in a torrential wave of nostalgia, Mountain View-based Google has released its own list of the best Android apps of 2012. Here's what they are, along with some of my favorites. 

Topping the list was the Zappos app, followed by Evernote, and Pinterest. Grimm's Snow White and Pocket rounded out the top five. Rounding out the bottom of the list, which contains 12 apps, are SeriesGuide Show Manager, PIXLR Express, and finally TED. 

"Some launched in 2012 while others issued updates that achieved a great combination of utility, beauty and accessibility. Almost all of them are available globally and offer a great user experience on both tablets and phones. From excellent tools to objects of beauty, each of these applications represents the best of Google Play," reads Google Play.

The list was not ordered in any numerical order, as in #1 to #12, and is instead presented as a series of tiles. The order written above was meant to reflect reading each row left to right. 

Read the full article at Google Play

There are some other apps not on the list that deserve a special mention that I found myself using more often than not. Flipboard is a fun-to-use news app, and I have yet to find a more comfortable Facebook app than the official one. Basics like YouTube and Google Maps should be on everyone's Android, and having cloud-based apps like Google Drive allows for easy mobile editing. My personal favorites, however, are an easy to use gStrings guitar tuner and a Happy Hours app from Village Voice that can find me the closest, cheapest drink specials. 

What are some of your favorite Android apps? Let us know in the comments below.  

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