Best Applications of 2012

cyber world tip_mobile apps via groovypinkblog2012 – what a fantastic year. So many interesting applications we had a chance to test in 2012.

Mobile application (also called mobile apps), it is a term used to describe internet applications that run on smartphones, and other mobile devices. Mobile applications usually help users by connecting them to internet services, or help them by making it easier to use the internet on their portable devices. (source:

Here is a list of some useful applications you might want to test:

  • Google Maps – navigate your world with this application. Get accurate and easy to use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation, public transit directions. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and more. Local search and business reviews. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone. Detailed maps with 3D building. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • check on me – keeps you safe by letting the people who care about you know when you might be in trouble. You can set emergency contacts from your address book, then set an alarm. If yu don’t check in before the designated time, the application alerts your contacts. There is also a “panic button” in case of unexpected danger. Price: $0.99. Available: Apple and Android devices
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  • Instagram – another photo application that helps you not only share photos but also choose from several fantastic filtered effects. Share your photos (on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare) in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • TED – presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. Find more than 1200 TEDTalk videos and audios (with more added each week). Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
  • Angry Birds – need time to relax, here is a one of most popular mobile games. Price: free or $0.99. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • Brightest Flashlight – In case you need a bright flashlight, LED flashlight that is the coolest flashing app with the maximum flashlight output. Turns on all available light on the device. Price: free or $0.99. Available: Apple and Android devices.
  • Pinterest – discover, collect and share inspiration. Pinterest is a tool to find your inspiration and share it with others. Use it to collect things you love, organize and plan important projects, and more. You can “pin” images from around the web. Explore “pins” and boards you’re interested in. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • The Weather Channel – this application provides you with the most accurate and relevant weather information whenever, wherever, and however you want it. Severe Weather Push Alerts – from pollen alerts to help you escape allergy season to hurricane warning to keep you out of harm’s way. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
  • Facebook – keeping up with friends is faster than ever. See what friends are up to. Share updates, photos and videos. Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts. Text, chat and have group conversations. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • FlowFree – time to relax (again). FlowFree is a simple yet addictive puzzle game. Connect matching colors with pipe to create a flow. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle in FlowFree. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
  • Skype – make free Skype-to-Skype video calls (whether on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC), and call phones at Skype rates on the move. Send pictures, videos and files to any of your Skype contacts. Price: free. Available: Apple or Android devices.
  • Pandora internet radio – is a personalized radio service that streams music on your phone. Start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians, or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • Flipboard – brings together world news and social news. Once you pick a few topics, your Flipboard is built and you can instantly start flipping through the pages of news you care about and stories and photos friends re sharing. Flip through the news from your Twitter timeline as well as from outlets like the BBC, USA Today, and many more. You can search for people, topics, hashtags (from Twitter), blogs, your favorite sites – and flip through articles, updates, photos and videos in a magazine format. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
  • Kayak – Compare flights, hotels and rental cars, track flights, get cheap travel deals. Flight tracker and My Trips, so you have your itinerary at your fingertips. Check your baggage fees. Access airline numbers and airport information. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
  • Mint – this application allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place, so you see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open an account, add your bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts and Mint will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure and easy to keep your personal finances organized. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • Ancestry – build, update, and show off your family tree. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this user-friendly application makes finding and learning more about your heritage fun and easy. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.
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  • Evernote – is an easy to use application that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders – and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. Price: free. Available: Apple and Android devices.

What is your favorite mobile application?


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  1. Good list, Klaudia. My faves are Blogkeen (an app that allows users to create a list of blogs to follow that easily updates whenever new posts are uploaded), Zite (a competitor of Flipboard, but much more user-friendly IMHO), HBR Tips (a daily update from the Harvard Business Review with a management tip), and DailyArt (a daily museum visit to a featured piece of art – especially creative due to the light hanging above the artwork and the red rope protecting the art from museum visitors). Happy 2013!

    • Debbie Laskey Hi Debbie. Big thank you for your comment + list of favorite apps. I didn’t have a chance to try DailyArt – now it’s on my list 🙂 Have a groovy 2013 !

  2. HeatherJabusch

    Very interesting.  I had not heard of some of these.  I have been using Google maps on my phone when my GPS is not plugged in.  Or if it needs to be updated…which is has  been for some time now (ugh)! Love the idea of check on me….need to implement that into women safety tips.

  3. Great list Klaudia … I am sending this to my parents!!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing these great resources

    • CarlyAlyssaThorne thank you Carly 🙂 I know there are maaaaaaany mobile applications available and I know that it’s hard to choose the right one 😉

  5. Love all the apps you are mentioning!

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