Google Play will give awards to the Best Android Apps on May 18 according to their performance and popularity. This award day is scheduled during Google I/O 2017. Google will distribute awards to various categories of Apps. This year Google added Four new categories as well. Now there are total 12 categories, in which Best Android Apps will have been selected for awards according to their category. These apps will be selected on the basis of their performance as well as new updates and unique features. Only those apps will be eligible for Google’s Best Android Apps award, which has been updated at least one time since April 2016.
Along with these features, there are also certain features according to their category, which an app must have to take part for the Best Android Apps award by Google. The best thing is that the award is not stuck to only a particular region, but the reward will be given according to the global performance. The winners of awards will not only featured on Google Play Store but also be given a physical trophy.
These are the four new categories included for 2017 Google awards:
- VR/AR Experience
- Best Multiplayer Game
- The Best Social Impact, and
- Best Accessibility Experience.
Followings are the categories and nominees of those categories:
1. Standout Indie: Indie developers created these apps as it is clear from the name. From this category, five games are selected as Reigns, Kingdom: New Land, Mars: Mars, Causality, Mushroom 11. These games are selected on the basis of their design, quality, and performance.
2. Standout Startup: These apps were developed by some new developers. Besides this, these apps are performing well. They are offering the unique factors. There are four nominees from this category: Chat Stories, Discard – Chat for Gamers, CastBox – Best Podcast and Audio, Simple Habit Meditation.
3. Best Android Wear: The apps of smartwatches which having user base and functionality. And also updated to wear 2.0, those are eligible for nomination under this category for Best Android Apps. From this category, these 5 apps are nominated for the best android apps award and are Lifesum – Healthy lifestyle app, Runtastic Running & Fitness, Foursquare City Guide, Bring! Shopping List and Seven – 7 Minute Workout
4. Best TV Experience: These apps provides the full fun of big screen on android mobile. Here three apps are selected for the nomination under Best Android apps award and by using these apps you will get the best experience of TV. Nominated apps are Netflix, Red Bull TV, Haystack TV: Daily News.
5. Best VR Experience: This is a new category and offers the content related to Daydream. Here are five nominated apps Virtual Virtual Reality, The Arcslinger, Mekorama VR, Gunjack 2: End of Shift, The Turning Forest.
6. Best AR Experience: This is also the new category introduced this year and offers content related to Augmented Reality. The nominated apps under this category for the Best Android Apps award are Dinosaurs Among Us, HOLO, WOORLD (beta), Crayola Color Blaster.
7. Best App for Kids: These apps basically focused on the entertainment and learning contents for kids. And also provide nature contents for the family. Here are five nominated apps from this category: Hot Wheels – Race Off, Animal Jam – Play Wild!, Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go, Toca Life Vacation, Think! Think!
8. Best Multiplayer Game: From this category, those apps are selected which are best for multiplayer games and ranked well in play store. The five nominated apps for the Best Android Apps award are FIFA Mobile Soccer, Lords Mobile, Hearthstone, Modern Strike Online, Dawn of Titans.
9. Best App: These apps are those apps which stand out on every parameter set by google play for the Best Android Apps reward. Five nominations from this category are Quik – Free Video Editor, Memrise – Learn languages Free, Fabulous – Motivate Me!, Money Lover – Money Manager, City Mapper.
10. Best Game: This category is that kind of category which needs no elaboration. Thus we’ll tell you straight the nominees for this category, which are Choices: Stories You Play, Pokemon Go, TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight.
11. Best Accessibility: These apps are a special kind of contents which fulfills the special needs of individuals. The nominations for this categories includes IFTTT, A Blind Legend, Eye-D –for visually impaired, SwiftKey Symbols, Open Sesame! Touch Free Access.
12. Best Social Impact: These apps focused on social activities and brings a change in social life. There are five nominees from this category, which are ProDeaf Translator, Charity Miles Walk&Run Tracker, Sea Hero Quest, ShareTheMeal – Help Children, Peek Acuity.ProDeaf Translator, Charity Miles Walk&Run Tracker, Sea Hero Quest, ShareTheMeal – Help Children, Peek Acuity.
Above these apps are the nominees for the Best Android Apps by Google Play 2017. The winners will be announced on 18th May. Till that you must have to know about the nominees and winners for the last year.
Followings are the nominees and winners of Best Android Apps 2016
Last year, 50 apps from 10 categories were nominated for the best android apps. These apps were nominated on the basis of their major updates, quality, and innovation.
1. Best Game: The games having broad appeal, strong mechanics, informative tutorial, and tasteful design were nominated from this category and are Alphabear, Clash of Kings, Clash Royale, MARVEL Future Fight, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. The winner was the game Clash Royale.
Clash Royale is as the Clans before it. But in this game players in the real time battle using strategic cards. And if you are good enough then you will surely win against the opponent. This game is very much different from Clash of Clan’s base building.
2. Best Use of Material Design: The apps who have the First-class implementation of material design concepts and also delivers an innovative user experience nominated for this category. And the nominees were Bring!, Robinhood, The Fabulous, Todoist, Vevo. And the winner of the Best Android Apps award from this category was Robinhood
This app won because it is playful and interesting rather boring financial stats.
3. Best Use of Google Play Game Services: The games Sea Battle 2, Table Tennis Touch, Tapventures, TowerMadness 2, Zombie Highway 2 were nominated for the Best Android Apps award from this category. Because these apps have several strong GPGS feature implementations and are of High-quality games.
The winner apps were Table Tennis Touch, this game becomes very popular because of its unique features. You want to play the game, but your friends refuse to play then no problem because this game will choose some random stranger using Google Play Game Services for the match. If you have no partner to play this game then you can always challenge the computer to a quick match.
4. Standout Startup: These apps belong to new developers and offers a unique experience. The nominated apps from this category were Dubsmash, Hopper, Musical.ly, Robinhood, Vrse.
Hopper won the Best Android Apps award from this category. This app won because of its best services which are also different from other apps. Hopper will send you alerts for trips for which you entered and also alert you about the drops and go ups of prices. Thus it helps in saving a lot of money.
5. Standout Indie: As the name tells, these apps are from Indie developers and offers high quality, artistic design, and innovative gameplay. The nominees from this category for the year 2016 were Alphabear, Alto’s Adventure, Fast like a Fox, Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector, Prune.
Alphabear was the winner of the Best Android Apps award from this category. If you are an independent developer then achieving success is a tough process. So what should they have to do to achieve success? Not a big problem! The developers just released a very good and cute game Alphabear.
The main objective of this game is to spell words as many as can you using various letters on the game board. Which helps to bears grow. The points you earns from each level helps you to unlock various types of bears.
6. Most Innovative: The apps which offer highly novelty experience or benefit were nominated in the year 2016 from this category. The nominated apps were Fast like a Fox, NYT VR, SmartNews, The Fabulous, This War of Mine.
NYT VR was the winner of Best Android Apps award under this category. You can use Google Cardboard to go inside the news if you are the user of this app. But if not, then you can still use NYT VR to view interactive videos.
7. Go Global: The apps which have great centralization and localization and also a great subject matter appeal along with multiple regions were eligible for this nomination. And the nominees were Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle, Freeletics Bodyweight, Memrise, Musixmatch, and Pokemon Shuffle Mobile.
Nothing will be more global than Pokémon Shuffle Mobile. Thus this app won according to google. This app won Best Android Apps award because of its broad appeal, and also because this app is offered in localized languages.
8. Early Adopter: The nominated apps from this category were Glide, Mechanic Escape, Minecraft: Story Mode, World Around Me, and Zumper.
World Around Me won the Best Android Apps award under this category. With this amazing app, you can have X-Ray vision.
9. Best Families App: The apps having family friendly designs and offers exploration and creativity were eligible for the nomination. The nominees for this category were Card Wars – Adventure Time, LEGO Jurassic Park, My Very Hungry Caterpillar, Thick rolls 2, and Toca Nature.
Thinkrolls 2 won the Best Android Apps award because this is a quality app which provides comfort while using.
10. Best App: The apps having high user appeal, quality, and rating and also beautiful design, and intuitive UX were eligible for this nomination. BuzzFeed News, Colorfy, Houzz, TuneIn Radio, and Yummly were the nominees from this category.
Houzz won the Best Android Apps from this category for the year 2016. This app gives puts you in touch with the designers and contractors directly within the app.
So above these are the winners of Google Play’s Best Android Apps award of the year 2016. According to you which apps will win these reward this year?
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