Google announces the winners to this year’s Google Play Awards at Google I/O 2018

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: Clue, Fabulous, Headspace, Lifesum, Simple Habit

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: Audio Game Hub, Be My Eyes, Open Sesame, Universal Copy, Voice Volume Catcher

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: Forest, Khan Academy, Otsimo, Tala, TODXS

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

Standout Indie: Agent A, Bridge Constructor Portal, Flipping Legend, Old Man’s Journey, OPUS: Rocket of Whispers

Standout Indie

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: Clash Royale, Lineage 2: Revolution, Pokémon GO, PUBG MOBILE

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: ASTEROIDS!, BBC Earth: Life in VR, Brickscape, Figment AR, Porsche Mission E

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: Cricbuzz, Flipkart, Mercado Libre, Moovit, Viki

Standout Build for Billions Experience

Apps or games with optimized performance, localization, and culturalization for emerging markets

Winner: Flipkart by Flipkart

Standout Startup: Astro, Canva, Drops, Kredivo, N26

Standout Startup

Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.

Winner: Canva by Canva

Best Breakthrough Hit: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Cooking Craze, Empires & Puzzles, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, PUBG MOBILE

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

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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!

There’s a lot to come out of Google I/O, so stay tuned and keep checking back for more posts as the event progresses forward.

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.