As Google I/O kicked off, we hosted our third annual Google Play Award ceremony to recognize the best apps and games on Google Play over the past year. These apps and games battled it out across nine categories, and proved not only to deliver delightful experiences to fans, but also have larger positive impact in their communities.
Congrats to this year’s winners:
Standout Well-Being AppApps empowering people to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies.
Simple Habit by Simple Habit, Inc.
Best Accessibility ExperienceApps or games enabling device interaction that serves people with disabilities or special needs.
Be My Eyes by Be My Eyes
Best Social ImpactApps or games that create a positive impact in communities around the world (focused on health, education, crisis response, refugees, financial health and fundraising functions).
Khan Academy by Khan Academy
Standout IndieGames from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish.
Old Man's Journey by Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH
Best Community Building GameGames built to connect gamers, encouraging social interaction and community building.
Episode by Pocket Gems
Best AR or VR ExperienceApps or games offering highly engaging and immersive experiences with optimal use of ARCore or Daydream UI.
BBC Earth: Life in VR by BBC Worldwide (Ltd)
Standout Build for Billions ExperienceApps or games with optimized performance, localization and culturalization for emerging markets.
Flipkart by Flipkart
Standout StartupApps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.
Canva by Canva
Best Breakthrough HitNew apps or games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong organic install growth.
Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games