Google will be handing out awards for the best apps and games at Google I/O


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Developers are the unsung heroes of smartphones. Let’s be honest, your phone would be pretty boring without the multitude of apps and games. Google knows how important developers are, which is why at Google I/O this year they will be handing out some awards.

The 2016 Google Play Awards will be divided into 10 categories, each with five nominated apps or games. The apps were selected by a panel of experts on the Google Play team. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a user vote. These are apps that Google likes. The awards will be given out on May 19th at 7PM. Check out the full list of categories and nominees below.

Standout Startup

  • Dubsmash
  • Hopper
  • Robinhood
  • Vrse

Standout Indie

  • Alphabear
  • Alto’s Adventure
  • Fast like a Fox
  • Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
  • Prune

Best Families App

  • Card Wars – Adventure Time
  • LEGO Jurassic World™
  • My Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Thinkrolls 2
  • Toca Nature

Best Use of Material Design

  • Bring!
  • Robinhood
  • The Fabulous
  • Todoist
  • Vevo

Best Use of Google Play Game Services

  • Sea Battle 2
  • Table Tennis Touch
  • Tapventures
  • TowerMadness 2
  • Zombie Highway 2

Early Adopter

  • Glide
  • Mechanic Escape
  • Minecraft: Story Mode
  • World Around Me
  • Zumper

Go Global

  • Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle
  • Freeletics Bodyweight
  • Memrise
  • Musixmatch
  • Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

Most Innovative

  • Fast like a Fox
  • NYT VR
  • SmartNews
  • The Fabulous
  • This War of Mine

Best App

  • BuzzFeed News
  • Colorfy
  • Houzz
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Yummly

Best Game

  • Alphabear
  • Clash of Kings
  • Clash Royale
  • MARVEL Future Fight
  • Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes
Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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