After Google selected several contenders for its first ever Google Play Awards, it has finally highlighted the winners for the best apps and games at its 1/O 2016 event held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Using metrics such as innovation, application of material design, app quality and even how best apps make use of its Google Play services, the search giant picked out a couple of apps and games to fill its various Google Play Awards categories.

Clash Royale Best Game app

The popular multiplayer game app Clash Royale, which was facing some pretty fierce competition from awesome apps such as Marvel Future Fight , Clash of Kings, Alphabear and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, has been honored with the award for the best game. On the other hand, the Houzz app which is focused on interior design has been crowned the best app, defeating apps such as TuneIn Radio, BuzzFeed News, Yummly and Colorfy. The interior design app offers users interested in designing their home an easy way of finding inspiration, with features such as an ability to see how furniture will look in their homes by making use of their phone cameras.

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Alphabear app

Though Alphabear lost the Best Game Title, it got recognition with the Best Standout Indie Award.

robinhood material design

Under the category of the app that best makes use of Material Design guidelines, Google acknowledged Robinhood, a stock trading app, as the winner. Google also took note of the apps that make the most of their Google Play Services, with the award going to Table Tennis Touch.

Hopper, an app that offers users time details on the best flights, as well as provide tickets at the lower cost rates, came out tops as the Best Standout Startup.


Virtual Reality is currently one of the hottest trends right now and was also a hot topic at this year’s I/O with Google’s new Daydream feature set to take center stage. Honoring the theme of innovation and VR, the Play Store Awards honored a VR-focused app with the award for Most Innovative going to New York Times’ NYT VR.

pokemon shuffle

According to Google no app is more global than Pokemon Shuffle Mobile, taking home the tittle of Go Global. Go Global focuses on innovative developers with an app or game creation that has a broad appeal. Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle was fellow nominee in this category.

Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:

Best App: Houzz

Best Game: Clash Royale

Best Families App: Thinkrolls 2

Best Standout Startup: Hopper

Early Adopter: World Around Me

Most Innovative: NYT VR

Best Standout Indie: Alphabear

Best Go Global: Pokemon Shuffle Mobile

Best Use of Google Play Game Services: Table Tennis Touch

Best Use of Material Design: Alphabear

The Google Play store is a major part of the Android platform, hosting and offering billions upon billions of apps from a wide a range of fields and categories to users. According to Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, the past year alone has seen more than 65 billion apps downloaded from the Google Play store. The demand for Google Play store is evident, as the Chrome OS will also see the Play Store launch on its platform later on this year.

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