The best Android apps and games revealed in 2018 Google Play Awards

2018 Google Play Awards

It's not long since Google's Android Excellence program bestowed praise on apps and games on what were considered to offer a high quality experience. Now the company has used Google I/O to reveal the winners of the 2018 Google Play Awards.

Google says that the aim of the ceremony is to "recognize the best apps and games on Google Play over the past year", and it's a great way to discover something new to try.


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Divided into a number of categories, the awards serve to promote the highlights of Google's app store. The company says: "The Google Play Awards highlight developers that strive for quality and drive innovation on Android. This year's nominees span nine different categories, but all have shown a dedication to creating unique experiences for users to enjoy. Congratulations to our 2018 winners!"

The winners are as follows:

  • Standout Well-Being App
    Apps 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 Experience
    Apps or games enabling device interaction that serves people with disabilities or special needs.
    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 and fundraising functions).
    Khan Academy by Khan Academy
  • Standout Indie
    Games 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 Game
    Games built to connect gamers, encouraging social interaction and community building.
    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.
    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.
    Flipkart by Flipkart
  • Standout Startup
    Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.
    Canva by Canva
  • Best Breakthrough Hit
    New apps or games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong organic install growth.
    Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games

You can read more about all of the finalists by heading over to the 2018 Google Play Awards section of the Google Play store.

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