Every year, Google announces the list of best apps in their own specific categories on the Play Store. At the final days of Google I/O 2017, the company revealed the list of winners which had dominated the store for this year.
The number of apps short-listed across the various categories stood at 57, which were subsequently whittled down to just 12 within their categories.
Google Play Award Winners
Below is a list of all the winners from the awards. As one can see, save for two, all the apps chosen for the honors are free.
- Best App: Memrise (free)
- Best Game: Transformers: Forged to Fight (free)
- Best Android Wear Experience: Runtastic Running & Fitness (free)
- Best App For Kids: Animal Jam – Play Wild! (free)
- Best Accessibility Experience: IFTTT (free)
- Best AR Experience: Woorld (free)
- Best Multiplayer Game: Hearthstone (free)
- Best Social Impact: ShareTheMeal (free)
- Best TV Experience: Red Bull TV (free)
- Best VR Experience: Virtual Virtual Reality ($8.99)
- Standout Indie: Mushroom 11 ($4.99)
- Standout Startup: Hooked (free)
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The award for Best Game went to Transformers: Forged to Fight.
VR Apps Making Headlines
There were new categories added to reflect the development happening in them in recent times. For Best VR Experience, Virtual Virtual Reality was chosen, a two-hour long game which works through any headset.
For Best AR Experience, the app chosen was WOORLD, which allows you to mess with your environment in a playful way through your phone’s display. The fitness app Runtastic got accolades in the Android Wear Experience category.
Red Bull TV, an app which shows clips from various events won Best TV Experience, while Animal Jam was declared the Best App For Kids. Popular game Hearthstone won the Best Multiplayer game accolade.
Best Accessibility Experience belonged to IFTTT while Best Social Impact went to World Food Programme-backed ShareTheMeal. Finally critically-acclaimed Mushroom 11 got Standout Indie award, while Hooked got the Standout Startup accolade.