Google has announced the nominees for this year’s Google Play Awards. The short list spans 9 categories (some are different from last year) and includes apps and games that offer outstanding quality, strong design, technical performance, and innovation. Several teams of experts chose the nominees based on their store ratings, Android vitals, and whether the title had had a launch or major update over the last year.
Standout Well-Being App
Apps empowering people to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies.
- Kinedu by Kinedu
- My Oasis by Buff Studio Co.,Ltd.
- Shine by Shine, Inc.
- SleepTown by Seekrtech
- Woebot by Woebot Labs
Best Accessibility Experience
Apps and games enabling device interaction in an innovative way that serve people with disabilities or special needs.
- Envision AI by Envision Technologies BV
- guiaderodas accessibility by guiaderodas
- Race Together! By digiXMAS
- TintVision by EM-Creations
- WheeLog! By PADM
Best Social Impact
Apps and games that create a positive impact in communities around the world (focusing on health, education, crisis response, refugees, and literacy).
- Bury me, my Love by Dear Villagers
- Plantix by PEAT GmbH
- Reblood by PT Gaya Hidup Sehat
- Think!Think! By Hanamaru Lab
- Wisdo by Wisdo LTD.
Most Beautiful Game
Games that exemplify artistry or unique visual effects either through creative imagery, and/or utilizing advanced graphics API features.
- Asphalt 9: Legends by Gameloft SE
- Badland Brawl by Frogmind
- Chuchel by Amanita Design
- Gorogoa by Annapurna Interactive
- Shadowgun Legends by MADFINGER Games
Best Living Room Experience
Apps that create, enhance, or enable a great living room experience that brings people together.
Apps and games that display a groundbreaking new use case, like utilize new technologies, cater to a unique audience, or demonstrate an innovative application of mobile technology for users.
- Cube Escape: Paradox by Rusty Lake
- Firework by Loop Now Technologies, Inc.
- Scripts by Language Drops
- Tick Tock by Other Tales Interactive
- Wysker by wysker GmbH
Standout Build for Billions Experience
Apps and games with optimized performance, localization and culturalization for emerging markets.
- Canva by Canva
- Cookpad by Cookpad Inc (UK)
- Garena Free Fire by GARENA INTERNATIONAL I PRIVATE LIMITED
- PicsArt Photo Studio by PicsArt
- Viki by Viki, Inc
Best Breakthrough App
New apps with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong growth.
- Dave by Dave, Inc
- Khan Academy Kids by Khan Academy
- Notion by Notion Labs, Inc.
- Slowly by Slowly Communications Ltd.
- Tasty by BuzzFeed
Best Breakthrough Game
New games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong growth.