Google’s Android Excellence program bestowed praise on apps and games on what was 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. The award recognizes the best applications in various categories. With nominees first announced last month, these are the top Android apps and games as chosen by Google employees throughout the company.
There are nine categories with criteria including quality, design, and technical performance. All the apps have a high star rating on the Play Store and follow the Android’s stringent guidelines. Additionally, these apps either launched or have had a major update since April 2017.
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!
As Google focused on areas like well-being, accessibility, and social impact, there was no Wear OS or TV category in 2018. However, the reduced focus on platforms did not apply to the burgeoning augmented and virtual reality field, with one combined award. Additionally, there was no outright award for best app or game.
Standout Build for Billions Experience
In the ‘Standout Build for Billions Experience’ category, the app from India’s online shopping giant – Flipkart has been named the winner. These are apps or games with optimized localization, performance and culturalization for emerging markets.
- Flipkart by Flipkart
Standout Well-Being App
- Simple Habit by Simple Habit, Inc.
Best Accessibility Experience
- Be My Eyes by Be My Eyes
Best Social Impact
- Khan Academy by Khan Academy
- Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH
Best Community Building Game
- Episode by Pocket Gems
Best AR or VR Experience
- BBC Earth: Life in VR by BBC Worldwide (Ltd)
- Canva by Canva
Best Breakthrough Hit
- Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games