Google I/O 2018 is taking place on the west coast of the US in San Francisco, California this week, and Google has now announced the winners of its third annual Google Play Awards. See the full results and give the best apps a whirl on your Android smartphone or tablet.
At last year’s Google I/O conference, Google held a similar ceremony for its Google Play Awards. This has become tradition after just two years of being held during the company’s annual event in Mountain View at its headquarter campus. The formal ceremony honors some of the best apps and games submitted in the last year to Google’s Play Store by developers that come from all over the globe, and this year has been no slouch when it comes to great services especially those for entertainment. The purpose is to give back to the developer community that makes what Google does possible, who is rarely given any reward or recognition for their work. Many of this year’s nominees traveled a long distance to attend the event in person, which was a very exclusive event keeping much of the media outside the entrance.
Google held the beautiful ceremony during its Google I/O Developer Conference on May 7th, a surprising one day before its opening keynote address rather than afterwards. There were five candidates for each category, and the winner of the category took home the prize and a plaque. This year’s variety of categories included Standout Well-Being App, Best Social Impact, Standout Indie, Best AR or VR Experience, and Best Breakthrough Hit. Some were new for this year’s award show and others were in past award shows. However, all the apps and games are new and came out in the last year. Technology evolves and goes places in a year’s time, which is why new categories are added each year. This year’s winners were chosen by a team at Google like in year’s past, which I still don’t really understand. Perhaps next year the public will get to chime in their own opinion and select the winners. I think this would be more exciting and get people more involved. What do you think?
The winners are now official and we have them for you below. Some names might be familiar to you if you’re reading this because we’ve spoken about them in our daily news. Some of these also hit the ‘top lists’ section on Google’s Play Store during course of the year. But in the case you have not heard of any and would like to try them out on your Android device, we have included the download links for both the entries and winner of each category below, courtesy of Android Developers. Browsing through, I think I can say each of the contenders rightfully deserved to be considered for an award, more so than some of the ones last year.
You can see all the app and game nominees in a dedicated section on the Play Store here along with the winners.
Standout Well-Being App
Apps empowering people to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies
Winner: Simple Habit by Simple
Best Accessibility Experience
Apps or games enabling device interaction in an innovative way that serves people with disabilities or special needs
Winner: Be My Eyes by Be My Eyes
Best Social Impact
Apps or games that create a positive impact in communities around the world (focused on health, education, crisis response, refugees, financial health & fundraising functions)
Winner: Khan Academy by Khan
Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics, and overall polish
Winner: Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH
Best Community Building Game
Games built to connect gamers, encouraging social interaction and community building
Winner: Episode by Pocket Gems
Best AR or VR Experience
Apps or games offering highly engaging and immersive experiences with optimal use of ARCore or Daydream UI
Winner: BBC Earth: Life in VR by BBC Worldwide (Ltd)
Standout Build for Billions Experience
Apps or games with optimized performance, localization, and culturalization for emerging markets
Winner: Flipkart by Flipkart
Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.
Winner: Canva by Canva
Best Breakthrough Hit
New apps or games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong organic install growth
Winner: Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games
Do you agree with any or all the winners? Let us know your opinion in the comment section and we’ll be down there to join in!
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