A new post in the Google Play store by merchandising manager Tavares Ford outlines the top 12 Android apps for 2012 in the eyes of the search giant. Those of you that picked up a new Android handset or tablet this holiday will likely want to pay close attention as part of the fun with a new connected device is discovering the latest and greatest apps that everyone is using.

The best part about Google's list is that all of the apps listed below are completely free! Here's Google's list from top to bottom with a brief description from Google Play:

  1. Zappo's - The best in mobile shopping with a great selection, free shipping and returns as well as an elegant new UI for phones and tablets.
  2. Evernote - Stay on top of every element of your life, from anywhere. Take notes, capture photos and record memos with this amazing organizer.
  3. Pinterest - Take full advantage of your Android device and set pins from anywhere using the built-in sharing system. Share and enjoy!
  4. Grimm's Snow White - A deceptively simple and well-executed storybook that serves as a perfect introduction to the world of Grimm's fairy tales.
  5. Pocket - A full-featured offline reader that is constantly adding new capabilities like site subscriptions that let you save articles on paid sites.
  6. Expedia Hotels & Flights - A beautiful and well-designed app that sets the bar for globally relevant travel tools with a rich and detailed tablet experience.
  7. Ancestry - A unique and full-featured genealogy app that delivered a stunning design overhaul which also delivered new functionality.
  8. Fancy - Fancy lets you share your personal style with style and brings a fresh perspective to the worlds of online shopping and fashion.
  9. Mint.com Personal Finance - One of the most robust, feature-rich and intuitively designed tools available to help you master your personal finances.
  10. Seriesguide Show Manager - Enjoy a great second-screen experience for TV that features an attractive, practical and well-planned design aesthetic.
  11. Pixlr Express - A relatively new photography app that provides an amazing array of editing and photo-correction tools for both phones and tablets.
  12. Ted - Enjoy talks and lectures from some of the world's most fascinating mavericks, gurus and legends.

Which apps do you use the most on your Android (or iOS / Windows) handset?