Whether it’s an app that teaches kids to code or provides assistance to refugees, or a game that lets you explore future lifeforms, the high-quality apps and games on Google Play touch lives of people across the globe.
During a special Google Play Award ceremony tonight at Google I/O, we honored 12 apps and games that give their fans delightful and memorable experiences. With more than 85 billion apps and games downloaded on Google Play over the past year, these were some of the experiences that captured our imagination. Congrats to this year’s winners!
Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish.
Mushroom 11 by Untame
Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.
HOOKED by Telepathic
Best Android Wear Experience
New wear 2.0 apps offering great design, user delight and functionality.
Runtastic Running & Fitness by Runtastic
Best TV Experience
Apps or games built for the large-screen format to provide an intuitive experience.
Red Bull TV by Red Bull
Best VR Experience
Highly engaging and immersive experience with optimal use of Daydream UI.
Virtual Virtual Reality by Tender Claws
Best AR Experience
Apps or games harnessing the creative and imaginative technology of AR.
WOORLD by Funomena
Best App for Kids
Apps or games with family-friendly design that encourage creativity, exploration and education.
Animal Jam - Play Wild! by WildWorks
Best Multiplayer Game
Games built to connect gamers in competitive and engaging multiplayer experiences.
Hearthstone by Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
A true representation of beautiful design, intuitive UX and high user appeal.
Memrise by Memrise
Games with strong mechanics, stellar graphics and strong engagement and retention tactics.
TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight by Kabam
Best Accessibility Experience
Apps or games enabling device interaction to serve people with disabilities or special needs.
IFTTT by IFTTT
Best Social Impact
Apps that create meaningful social impact for a broad spectrum of people around the world.
ShareTheMeal by United Nations
Check out this year’s winners and the other finalists across each of the categories at g.co/play/gpa2017.