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2018 Google Play Award nominees are out ahead of I/O

Android’s rise to dominance around the world shouldn’t be owed only to the companies that created phones and tablets for Google. Developers helped make it the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Since the company knows that, Google’s been hosting an awards ceremony recognizing the hard work developers put in to create quality apps and games for Android. This year, the Google Play Awards are back with new categories and nominees.

The third annual Google Play Awards are set to take place during I/O 2018 next month, and the nominees have been shared with the public. While the winners are selected internally, users helped give the nominees visibility.

Google picks the nominees by examing high star ratings, Android vitals, and major updates. Various teams within the company look at a list of potential nominees and then engage in discussion to bring the list down to five apps or games per category.

Without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2018 Google Play Awards.

Best Breakthrough Hit:

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp by Nintendo
Cooking Craze by Big Fish Games
Empire & Puzzles by Small Giant Games
Final Fantasty XV Pocket Edition by Squre Enix
PUBG Mobile by Tencent Games

Standout Startup:

Astro Mail by Astro Technology
Canva by Canva
Drops by Language Drops
Kredivo by FinAccel
N26 by N26

Standout Build for Billions Experience:

Cricbuzz by Cricbuzz.com
Flipkart by Flipkart
Mercado Libre by Mercado Libre
Moovit by Moovit
Viki by Viki

Best AR or VR Experience:

ASTEROIDS! by Baobab Studios
BBC Earth: Life in VR by BBC Worldwide
Brickscape by 5minLab
Figment AR by Viro Media
Porsche Mission E by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porchse AG

Best Community Building Game:

Clash Royale by Supercell
Episode by Pocket Gems
Lineage 2: Revolution by Netmarble Corporation
Pokémon Go by Niantic
PUBG Mobile by Tencent Games

Standout Indie:

Agent A by Yak & Co.
Bridge Constructor Portal by Headup Games
Flipping Legend by Noodlecake Studios
Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules Interactive
OPUS: Rocket of Whispers by Sigono

Best Social Impact:

Forest by forestapp.cc
Khan Academy by Khan Academy
Otsimo by Otsimo
Tala by Tala Mobile
TODXS by TODXS

Best Accessibility Experience:

Audio Game Hub by Sonnar Interactive
Be My Eyes by Be My Eyes
Open Sesame by Sesame Enable
Universal Copy by Camel Corporation
Voice Volume Catcher by Litalico

Standout Well-Being App:

Clue by BioWink
Fabulous by TheFabulous
Headspace by Headspace
Lifesum by Lifesum
Simple Habit by Simple Habit

The company will announce its winners for all of the categories above on May 7. Between then and now, you can visit a special Google Play Awards section on the Play Store to get these apps and games on your mobile device.

After the winners are announced, we’ll pass along the list to you.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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