Top 10 apps of 2012 from Time

The holiday season’s top 10 lists are not the exclusive domains of gadgets thanks to the apps available on smartphones and tablet PCs.

Time released its list of the top 10 apps at the start of December as part of its “Top 10 Everything of 2012” series.

Only apps from the Android and iOS ecosystems made it onto the list with nary a mention of Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

Time’s list does not contain any games, likely because it put together a separate top 10 list for the video games released in 2012.

Counting down from 10, the list is as follows:

10. Figure – iPhone

Figure app screenshots
Figure app screenshots

A music generation app that lets even the musically inept put together an instrumental loop.

9. Current caller ID (Android)

Current Caller ID Android app
Current Caller ID Android app

Need help to make conversation? There’s an app for that.

8. Burner (iPhone)

Burner iPhone app
Burner iPhone app

Generates “burner” phone numbers to hand out to those you don’t fully trust with your real number… at a price.

7. Instagram (Android)

Instagram for Android
Instagram for Android

Another app that made its name on iPhones first. The (in)famous Instagram, now on Android.

6. Paper (iPad)

Paper iPad app
Paper iPad app

A free paper simulation app that sells you virtual stationery.

5. Chrome (iOS, Android)

Chrome for mobile
Chrome for mobile

The Google Chrome browser for your tablet PC or smartphone.

4. iTranslate (iPhone, iPad)

iTranslate
iTranslate

Another step on our way to the universal translator so many science fiction stories depend upon.

3. Flipboard (Android)

Flipboard for Android
Flipboard for Android

A news-reading app that made its name on iPhone and iPad before making its way to Android.

2. SwiftKey 3 (Android)

SwiftKey 3
SwiftKey 3

One of the great features about Android is being able to replace core system elements with third-party software, including the on-screen keyboard.

SwiftKey is a keyboard that learns your writing style from your social networks, emails, and even blog posts. Its predictive text engine also continually learns as you use it.

1. OnLive Desktop (iPad, Android tablets)

OnLive running on iPad
OnLive running on iPad

Run a Windows desktop that’s hosted online on your iPad or Android tablet without having to set up the environment yourself. Handy if you want a separate walled off Windows instance with basic functionality.

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