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A big awards ceremony is always a big draw card, Google dipped their toes in the water with their Material Design awards, but this year they’re going all in, announcing the inaugural Google Play Awards.

The event will take place on the first day of Google I/O, on Stage 7, with 10 categories of awards to distribute. The range of categories, and the nominees have been announced with Google announcing that ‘Nominees were selected by a panel of experts on the Google Play team based on criteria emphasizing app quality, innovation, and having a launch or major update in the last 12 months’.

Google has summed the nominees up into a special focus on Google Play for you to check out, but also listed the categories and nominees they’ve been nominated in:

Standout Startup

Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong install growth. And the nominees are…


Standout Indie

Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, high quality and innovative gameplay. And the nominees are…

Alto’s Adventure
Fast like a Fox
Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

Best Families App

Apps or games with family friendly design that encourage creativity and exploration. And the nominees are…

Card Wars – Adventure Time
LEGO Jurassic World™
My Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thinkrolls 2
Toca Nature

Best Use of Material Design

First-class implementation of material design concepts that deliver an immersive and innovative user experience. And the nominees are…

The Fabulous

Best Use of Google Play Game Services

High quality games with several strong GPGS feature implementations. And the nominees are…

Sea Battle 2
Table Tennis Touch
TowerMadness 2
Zombie Highway 2

Early Adopter

Early adopter of a nascent technology or platform, providing a delightful user experience. And the nominees are…

Mechanic Escape

Minecraft: Story Mode
World Around Me


Go Global

Apps or games with great localization and culturalization, or subject matter appeal, across multiple regions. And the nominees are…

Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle
Freeletics Bodyweight

Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

Most Innovative

Apps or games offering a highly engaging novelty experience or unique benefit. And the nominees are…

Fast like a Fox

The Fabulous
This War of Mine

Best App

A true representation of beautiful design, intuitive UX and high user appeal, quality and rating. And the nominees are…

BuzzFeed News

TuneIn Radio

Best Game

Games with strong mechanics, informative tutorial, broad appeal and tasteful design. And the nominees are…

Clash of Kings

Clash Royale
MARVEL Future Fight
Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes

Google will be live streaming the awards show, so tune in on the live stream to check out the winners.