At Google I/O 2017, the 2nd annual Google Play Awards were announced, showcasing the best in apps from across the Google Play eco-system. There were 12 categories in total, spanning categories including Best Android Wear Experience, Best TV Experience and of course with the renewed focus on VR/AR this year – Best VR and Best AR Experiences, plus loads more. So who were the winners?
In the Standout Indie category, which focuses on ‘Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish’. In this category, Mushroom11 from Untame took the gong. The description for Mushroom11 reads:
Want to try it out, you can check it out on Google Play now:
For Standout Startup which showcases ‘Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth’ the winner was HOOKED by Telepathic. What is HOOKED?
You can grab HOOKED from Google Play right now:
Of course with Android Wear 2.0 rolling out, we want great apps and for Best Android Wear Experience, Runtastic Running & Fitness by Runtastic fulfilled the brief of a ‘New wear 2.0 apps offering great design, user delight and functionality’. If you aren’t familiar with Runtastic, it essentially tracks your running – or as Runtastic says:
Want to see what’s so great about Runtastic? Check it out on Google Play:
For Best TV Experience, RedBull TV took the prize for being the best App or game built for the large-screen format to provide an intuitive experience. It looks pretty good, but I’ve not used it much, so RedBull says:
Install it on your Android TV by searching for it on the Android TV App Store, or from the web:
Of course VR is big and for Best VR Experience Virtual Virtual Reality by Tender Claws – and after checking this out at the VR sandbox here at I/O I can tell why it took out the award. It’s fantastic and fits the bill of being ‘Highly engaging and immersive experience with optimal use of Daydream UI’.
What is Virtual Virtual Reality?
I seriously loved this game, and it’s on-sale for $5.99 at the moment. Check out the trailer and if you want to grab it, hit the link below:
And in the AR category, which looks at ‘Apps or games harnessing the creative and imaginative technology of AR’ Funomena picked up the win for Best AR Experience with WOORLD, whimsical sandbox game that lets you transform everyday space into a virtual world of full of playful characters and toys.
You can grab it from Google Play here:
The Best App for Kids was won by Animal Jam – Play Wild! by WildWorks. The category looked at ‘Apps or games with family-friendly design that encourage creativity, exploration and education’ and it looks pretty decent from the description – although any ‘Kids’ app with IAP is a bit of a worry. Still, the description sounds like loads of fun for kids:
Of course the Best Multiplayer Game went to Hearthstone. What is Hearthstone I hear you ask?
For Best App, which Google says showed ‘A true representation of beautiful design, intuitive UX and high user appeal’, Memrise: Learn a new language got the nod for their language app. Memrise actually sounds pretty awesome, and may be useful for brushing up on my Spanish for Mobile World Congress next year:
Want to start learning a new language? Check it out on Google Play:
I’m intimately familiar with the winner in the Best Game category with my son a huge fan of TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight by Kabam. The Best Game winner has, according to the judges ‘strong mechanics, stellar graphics and strong engagement and retention tactics’ – and I agree on the retention tactics, it’s hard to pull my son away.
Why is this game popular with kids and adults alike? Well, read this for a description:
Want to get addicted? Check it out:
In the Best Accessibility Experience we here at Ausdroid completely agree with IFTTT taking the award as we’re big users of their service. Haven’t used IFTTT before? Well, it’s a great automation service, which the name denotes: IF This Then That…IFTTT. It’s simple programming on the web to automate your life. Still not convinced:
Over 400 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive, Twitch, Weather Underground, Instagram, Gmail, and devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your Android.
Last, but by no means least is the award for app which has the Best Social Impact, or as Google says ‘Apps that create meaningful social impact for a broad spectrum of people around the world’. The winner this time around is ‘ShareTheMeal’:
Download it and start contributing now:
So, that’s it. That’s all the winners. Want to see which apps came close in each category? Google has setup an App Focus in Google Play with all the nominees and winners which you can find at g.co/play/gpa2017.