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Vote 2013: Google wants you to tell them the year’s best apps and games

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Want to help get your favorite apps and games the attention you think they deserve? Google is now giving you the opportunity to do so by opening up a “Player’s Choice Awards” contest, where you get to choose the best apps and games of the year. There are 6 categories, three for games and three for apps, which each category having eight nominees. If you don’t like Google’s choices, you are permitted to suggest something else.

The categories, and the nominees for each, are:

I Can’t Quit You (Best addictive games)

  • Angry Birds Star Wars II
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Clash of Clans
  • Deer Hunter 2014
  • Dots
  • Knights & Dragons
  • Megapolis
  • Tiny Death Star

Old School, Still Cool (Best franchise games)

  • Bejeweled
  • FIFA 14
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Pacman
  • Prince of Persia
  • Raiden Legacy
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • The Sims

Lights, Camera, Action (Best games based on a movie)

  • Despicable Me
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • The Hobbit
  • War of Heroes
  • Temple Run Brave
  • Thor
  • Transformers Legends
  • Turbo Racing League

Quietly Brilliant (Best apps for enhancing the everyday)

  • Duolingo
  • Endomondo
  • FxGuru
  • Photo Editor
  • Snapchat
  • Timely
  • TripIt
  • Umano

At Your Service (Best apps for booking and buying)

  • Airbnb
  • Eventbrite
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Just Eat
  • Flixster
  • Takeaway
  • Uber
  • Zipcar

I <3 Google (Best Google apps)

  • Chrome for Android
  • Google Keep
  • Google Maps
  • Play Games
  • Play Music
  • Google+
  • Google Search
  • YouTube

To get voting, visit this link.




  • tdub

    Please no one vote for Chrome, Chrome sucks. The original Android browser was so much better.

    • Raveesh Bhalla

      Personally, I think Google search takes the cake because of the number of ways I use Now. Having said that, i don’t have Play Music All Access, which i’ve heard a number of people rave about (and it actually came out this year)

      • Chris Eager

        Agreed…I think Search/Now is #1 gapp. Comes in handy for me everyday….reminders are a blessing.

    • master94

      Couldn’t agree more. Chrome is the worst thing about Android right now. It lags and sometimes even fails to display the web pages correctly. Stock Android browser FTW.

      • Lou_Sasshole

        Never had the problems you mentioned.

      • Chris Eager

        Stay off the porn sites :P

        • snapper.fishes

          I think you will be surprised by the browser compatibility of porn sites.

    • Dan

      I actually like chrome, but candy crush…

      • melhiore

        You not the only one…

      • WhoaManWtF

        candy crush blows chunks.

    • xanok

      I have zero issues with Chrome on my HTC One.

      • Lou_Sasshole

        Yep works great on my G2.

      • Chris Eager

        No problems on my N4 either.

    • setspeed

      Chrome fails so badly. No text reflow, what a joke. I honestly cannot think of one area where it is better then the old AOSP browser.

  • ineptone

    I can’t believe more people didn’t vote for Google Keep. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

    • Raveesh Bhalla

      everyone has different use cases

  • Trysta

    They don’t have any of my favorite apps! Even for Google apps my favorite is Google books.

    • Raveesh Bhalla

      vote them in

  • therealness

    Where is battle run!!

  • toomuchgame441

    wtf really uses Play Games? Google Drive should replace it. This list kinda sucks honestly. Maybe it should have my categories

  • setspeed

    I’m glad they didn’t have the audacity to list Google Now, since that thing has to be the worst app going (after Facebook, of course). Effing drains the sh*t out of my battery so badly that I had to turn it off.

    • Dan

      odd, does not drain battery noticeably on mine

      • Chris Eager

        No, battery drainage on my gnex 4 is minimal with Now and full location settings wide open.

    • Chris Eager

      Well that’s the app though, isn’t it?…sending location. Don’t most of us know there’s extra battery drainage going into it? If I know I’m not going to need Now on a particular day and battery usage may be an issue, I turn off Location. But IMO, saying it’s worse than Facebook, when subjectively speaking, it’s probably one of the most innovative app ever (especially within this last year), has gotta be exaggeration.

      • Lou_Sasshole

        I think you can go so far as to say that even objectively it’s one of the most innovative apps ever. Really its fantastic.

  • Subzer0

    all these fucking apps suck

    • fourthletter

      You can pick a different app, try clicking the link.

  • Tao Jones

    Peter North’s Decorator. Hands down (or up, if you want to protect your face).

  • Livin’ Large

    Need best root apps list too

    Titanium Backup
    Viper4Android
    Xposed Installer
    Root Explorer
    Etc….

    • Dan

      thanks for the tip, had never heard of Viper4android before

      • Livin’ Large

        Great app for audiophiles.

  • steveb944

    These lists suck.

    Where’s aCar, Llama, gReader, GasBuddy? Just to name a few.

    • fourthletter

      You can “write in your pick” for any app not just the ones of the list, before complaining you could have clicked the link first you know.

      • steveb944

        I read the article, clicked the link, then commented FYI. It still doesn’t negate the fact that the pre determined apps suck and won’t push people to try new actually useful apps but rather add more fluff to the popular ones.

  • Segroukin

    No real racing 3, tasker, Nova launcher, Swiftkey, mSecure- password, poweramp? jokes