Well, the world didn't end in 2012, but that's ok. Now you can combine your New Year's fitness resolution with a pretend zombie apocalypse thanks to our top app of the week, Zombies, Run! 5k Training. We've also got the latest app from the GO Launcher Dev Team, an interesting new way to watch YouTube videos, a visually awesome new task manager, and a brand new app that helps you hunt for the best wines in town. Here are the top Android apps to kick off 2013.
Zombies, Run! 5k Training ($0.99)
The original Zombies, Run! was a wonderful and popular fitness app. Using your headphones, it told a fairly well (though sometimes hilariously badly) acted original story that had you running away from the grotesque shambling hordes of the undead. 5k Training simply builds on the original with a new regimen and new stories, and while it can also be used by beginners, it's meant for more serious 5k marathon training. Maybe the gamer in me just couldn't resist the zombie aspect of this app, but the original was very successful, and this one surely will be too.
GO Media Manager (Free)
The creators of GO Launcher EX, an Android launching app that has been used by millions of people, have made a rather questionable move with this one. Essentially, they took some of the functionality from Go Launcher EX, removed it, modified it, and re-released it as an additional plug-in. The GO Media Manager makes it easier than ever to manage your music, pictures, and videos. Unfortunately this initial release has seen a lot of bugs and glitches, but knowing the devs, those will surely be ironed out sooner rather than later.
Now this is a concept I can get behind. WinePoynt gives us a lovely and stylish way to search for all kinds of wine. Using GPS, it finds nearby wine shops for you. As you visit and rate them, the app will learn what your preferences are and provide more personalized recommendations in the future. Unfortunately, a lot of smaller stores are not yet in their database, so how well the app works depends a whole lot on where in the world you live. Still, the features and functions available here are quite impressive, and hopefully this app gets better and better.
Here's a kind of odd one.9x9.tv seeks to turn the Internet (namely YouTube) into a more traditional TV watching experience. You can flip between YouTube channels just as you would TV channels, and the main channels always cycle out based on the time of day. It's a really cool idea, especially if you like to browse random videos and not just stick to your subscriptions, but the execution here needs some work. The app is very buggy, it's hard to find any specific content, and while randomly surfing channels is nice, I'm sure everyone would love some YouTube account/subscription support. Still, they get a high marks for innovation.
What better way to keep track of your 2013 resolutions than with this slick new task manager/calendar app? It's a promising new app from MobiSysteme, offering a lot of functionality that we're all familiar with, but showing it to us in a new way. The unique interface is great looking, and features like 3-D timelines show it off well. As with a lot of apps on this list, the initial release is a bit buggy, with certain items not saving on the right dates, which is kind of a deal breaker, but there is a great foundation here, and I can't wait to see where this app goes next.