Google I/O is all about helping developers create great products for and using Google services and apps. The now yearly Google Play Awards is an event that is used to show off the very creme de la creme of the best apps created. Ahead of Google I/O, the Awards were held and winners announced across a range of categories.

There were nine awards handed out this year across a number of categories, with one winner an Australian developer, but we’ll get to that – so, without further ado, the winners are…:

Standout well-being app
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Simple Habit by Simple Habit, Inc.

Best Accessibility Experience
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Be My Eyes by Be My Eyes

Best Social Impact

Khan Academy by Khan Academy

Standout Indie

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Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH

Best Community Building Game


Episode by Pocket Gems

Best AR or VR Experience

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BBC Earth: Life in VR by BBC Worldwide (Ltd)

Standout Build for Billions Experience


Flipkart by Flipkart

Standout Startup


Canva by Canva

Best Breakthrough Hit
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Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games

The Australian winner was of course Canva, built by Sydney based developer Melanie Perkins (@melaniecanva).

You can check out all the nominees in the Google Play Awards 2018 on the Google Play Focus – there’s a bunch of great titles there to check out so head over and see what you think is the best in each category.

Source: Google Play.