Google Play Awards 2018 nominees revealed ahead of Google I/O

google play awards 2018 nominees(L-R) Headspace, PUBG Mobile, BBC Earth: Life in VR, Bridge Constructor Portal. Google has announced the nominees for the third annual Google Play Awards, and the shortlist is a who’s who of stellar apps and games that either launched or enjoyed a major update since April 2017. Much like last year, the winners will be revealed just before the start of Google I/O — the Mountain View company’s yearly developer-focused event — on May 7.Editor's PickGoogle names 20 best indie games for Android ahead of Play Store contest It’s no secret that the Google Play Store is a bit of a minefield when you're looking for a new mobile game to sink your teeth into. The charts are usually filled with throwaway freebies … If you’ve been keeping tabs on the awards, you might notice from the nominee list that there has been a significant shake-up in terms of categories. The nine awards include returning categories such as Standout Indie, and Standout Startup, as well as entirely new ones covering the biggest breakthrough hits, well-being apps, and games that have built strong communities, such as Pokémon Go and PUBG Mobile. One obvious casualty is the category for Best Android Wear app, although there’s no replacement for the recently rebranded Wear OS ecosystem. The dedicated TV category has also been removed, while VR apps are now bundled together with AR experiences spanning both Daydream and ARCore platforms. Below are all of the categories in full with links to each app on the Play Store (or head here for Google’s dedicated awards section). Best Breakthrough Hit Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Cooking Craze Empires & Puzzles Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition PUBG Mobile Standout Startup Astro Canva Drops Kredivo N26 Best Community Building Game Clash Royale Episode Lineage 2: Revolution Pokémon Go PUBG Moblie Best AR or VR Experience Asteroids! BBC Earth: Life in VR Brickscape Figment AR Porsche Mission E Standout Indie Agent A Bridge Constructor Portal Flipping Legend Old Man’s Journey OPUS: Rocket of Whispers Standout Well-Being App Clue Fabulous Headspace Lifesum Simple Habit Best Accessibility Experience Audio Game Hub Be My Eyes Open Sesame Universal Copy Voice Volume Catcher Best Social Impact Forest Khan Academy Otsimo Tala TODXS Standout Build for Billions Experience Cricbuzz Flipkart Mercado Libre Moovit Viki Are any of your favorite apps up for an award? Let us know in the comments!

date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:00:14 +0000