Google announces the winners to this year’s Google Play Awards at I/O 2017!

It’s Google I/O 2017 week and the tech giant has just announced the winners for its second annual Google Play Awards! Click here to see the full results and download the apps yourself.


Last year, at Google I/O 2016, Google held its first-ever Google Play Awards Ceremony during the three-day-long event in Mountain View, San Francisco at Google’s CA headquarters. The ceremony which honors the best apps and games submitted to Google’s Play Store over the course of the year is to be a new annual tradition. Google is doing a great thing to give back to the developer community that spans across nations all throughout the world. Many of the nominees came a long way to actually attend the event in person, though press and all else were not invited inside. You can, however, watch Google call up each of the winners to the stage in the video that was once a live-stream at the bottom of this post.

Like last year, Google held the ceremony during its I/O Developer Conference, but on May 18th. The tech giant released five candidates for each award, but only one each was able to take home the prize. This year’s categories, as shown below, included Standout Indie, Standout Startup, Best Android Wear Experience, Best TV Experience, Best VR Experience, Best AR Experience, Best Accessibility Experience, Best Social Impact, Best App for Kids, overall Best App, and overall Best Game. Some of these were new for this year’s award show, and as technology evolves, we expect other categories to be made for future competition. Winners are chosen by a team of Google employees, but perhaps next year, the public will be given an opportunity to chime in!

Google announced the winners, and we have them for you down below. You’ll probably be familiar with at least a few of the apps or games if you’re reading this, but if you’re not, we have included the download links shall you want to try any of them out. Some hit the top lists on Google’s Play Store during course of the year, but others may not have. If you take a look though, each of the contenders rightfully deserved to be considered for an award. The below comes from Android Developers.

Standout Indie

Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish. And the nominees are……
Awards category: Standout Indie

Winner: Mushroom 11 by Untame

Standout Startup

Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth. And the nominees are……
Awards category: Standout Startup

Winner: HOOKED by Telepathic

Best Android Wear Experience

New wear 2.0 apps offering great design, user delight and functionality. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best Android Wear Experience

Winner: Runtastic by Runtastic

Best TV Experience

Apps or games leveraging innovative features for the large-screen format while providing an immersive and intuitive experience. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best TV Experience

Winner: Red Bull TV by Red Bull

Best VR Experience

Highly engaging and immersive experience with optimal use of Daydream UI. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best VR Experience

Winner: Virtual Virtual Reality by Tender Claws

Best AR Experience

Apps or games harnessing the creative and imaginative technology of AR. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best AR Experience

Winner: WOORLD by Funomena

Best App for Kids

Apps or games with family friendly design that encourage creativity, exploration and education. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best App for Kids

Winner: Animal Jam – Play Wild! by WildWorks

Best Multiplayer Game

Games built to connect gamers in competitive and engaging multiplayer experiences. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best Multiplayer Game

Winner: Hearthstone by Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best App

A true representation of beautiful design, intuitive UX and high user appeal. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best App

Winner: Memrise by Memrise

Best Game

Games with strong mechanics, stellar graphics and strong engagement and retention tactics. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best Game

Winner: Transformers: Forged to Fight by Kabam

Best Accessibility Experience

Apps or games enabling device interaction in an innovative way that serves people with disabilities or special needs. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best Accessibility Experience

Winner: IFTTT by IFTTT

Best Social Impact

Apps that creates meaningful social impact for a broad spectrum of people around the world. And the nominees are…
Awards category: Best Social Impact

Winner: ShareTheMeal by United Nations

Do you agree with the winners Google selected? Let us know your opinion in the comment section and we’ll be down there to join in!

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