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45 Android apps and games up for 2018 Google Play Awards

45 Android apps and games up for 2018 Google Play Awards

Google has revealed the 45-strong nominee list for the 2018 Google Play Awards.

The nominees will fall into nine categories this year instead of the 12 from 2017. New additions to the category list include well-being, accessibility and social impact.

Nominees were selected by various teams across Google with criteria including a high star rating, a launch or update since April 2017 and Android vitals, which is one of Google’s latest security initiatives which displays the last time an app was scanned for anything malicious.

The process also focused on overall quality, design, technical performance and innovation.

The winners will be announced a day before the Google I/O 2018 developer conference kicks off on May 8th.

You can see the full list of nominees below:

Standout Well-Being App

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

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

Best Social Impact

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

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 Media
• OPUS: Rocket of Whispers by Sigono

Best Community Building Game

• Clash Royale by Supercell
• Episode by Episode Interactive
• Lineage 2: Revolution by Netmarble
• Pokémon GO by Niantic
• PUBG MOBILE by Tencent Games

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. Porsche AG

Standout Build for Billions Experience

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

Standout Startup

• Astro Mail by Astro Technology
• Canva by Canva
• Drops by Language Drops
• Kredivo by FinAccel Pte Ltd
• N26 by N26

Best Breakthrough Hit

• Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp by Nintendo
• Cooking Craze by Big Fish Games
• Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games
• Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition by Square Enix
• PUBG MOBILE by Tencent Games

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Iain is a freelance writer based in Scotland with a penchant for indies and all things Nintendo. Alongside PocketGamer.Biz, he has also appeared in Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and VG24/7.

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