"Some launched in 2012 while others issued updates that achieved a great combination of utility, beauty and accessibility," Google Play merchandising manager Tavares Ford wrote when announcing the list.
Continuing, he said, "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".
Here's a look at some of the apps:
- Evernote: An app designed for taking notes and organizing documents. Also syncs across multiple devices. (Free to download)
- Pinterest: Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. (Free to download)
- Expedia: Like the Expedia website, this Android app can help you book and manage your travel plans. (Free to download)
- Pocket: An app that saves articles, videos and other pieces of content to read and view later without an Internet connection. (Free to download)
- Grimm's Snow White: A storybook-style app that introduces Grimm’s fairy tales. (Download here but not free)
- Series Guide Show Manager: Enjoy a great second-screen experience for TV that features an attractive, practical and well-planned design aesthetic. (Free to download)
- Pixlr Express: A photo-editing app that includes quick-fixes like red-eye reduction and cropping. (Free to download)
- TED: This Android app allows you to view TED's riveting talks by some of the world's most remarkable people. (Free to download)
- Ancestry: Not new this year, but Google says this genealogy app delivered "a stunning design overhaul" featuring useful new functionality. (Free to download)