The Google Play Awards coming to Google I/O

Posted by Purnima Kochikar, Director, Apps and Games Business Development, Google Play

Google Play has seen tremendous growth over the past year, reaching more than 1 billion Android users across 190 countries. As a way to recognize our incredible developer community and highlight some of the best apps and games, we’re kicking off our first-ever Google Play Awards.



The program will showcase five nominees across 10 award categories and feature them in a dedicated collection on Google Play. 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. The winners of each category will be announced at Google I/O in May.

The full list of categories and nominees are below:



Standout Startup


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


























Dubsmash


Hopper


Musical.ly


Robinhood


Vrse














Standout Indie


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


























Alphabear


Alto’s Adventure


Fast like a Fox


Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector


Prune














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...

























Bring!


Robinhood


The Fabulous


Todoist


Vevo














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


Tapventures


TowerMadness 2


Zombie Highway 2














Early Adopter


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




























Glide


Mechanic Escape



Minecraft: Story Mode


World Around Me



Zumper














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



Memrise


Musixmatch


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


NYT VR



SmartNews


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


Colorfy



Houzz


TuneIn Radio


Yummly














Best Game


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


















Alphabear


Clash of Kings



Clash Royale


MARVEL Future Fight

Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes













Join us live at the ceremony on May 19th at 7:00 pm PDT on stage 7 at Google I/O or via the live stream. You can also track the conversation on Twitter and G+ using the hashtags #io16.

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