And the nominees for the Google Play Award 2018 are…
Google lives in the world of its own. The world of apps and games in this world is mesmerizing enough to let the users dwell for hours. And, when there are impressive apps, the outside world must know the same. Although the technical world is prompt enough to have all the related knowledge, a recognition is worth to get all the eyes on the offerings and the excellence that giant recognizes as Google Play Awards. The write-up has been developed to cover the nominees for 2018 Google Play Awards.
Different teams at Google giving emphasis on quality, design, and technical performance along with the apps having a high star rating and adhering to Android vitals (addition of more features on Android platform) analyze the apps to offer Google Play Awards. To be considered as an apt nominee, the app needs to achieve a major update since April 2017 or must have launched after that.
This year Google has categorized the awards in nine different categories that are way different than the previous year as Google is focusing on elements like well-being, accessibility, and social impact, more than platforms. There are awards for combined AR and VR category, some of the carryovers from the last year as Standout Indie and Standout Startup. Both of these categories are now joined by Standout Well-Being App and Standout Build for Billions Experience. Meanwhile, five different awards are there in the categories including AR/VR, Accessibility Experience, Social Impact, Community Building Game, and Breakthrough Hit.
The awards for all these categories will be announced a day before Google I/O 2018 conference and till then check out the nominees in these nine different categories.
Apps that are providing exceptional ARcore experience with exceptional UI interface have been nominated under this tagline. Here is a brief on the nominees:
ASTEROIDS! by Baobab Studios: The app is all about a dark space mission where the users need to save the crew from space bugs, unplanned challenges, and death-defining asteroids.
BBC Earth: Life in VR by BBC Worldwide (Ltd): The app is only on daydreaming. It takes the users much closer to BBC Earth VR experience.
Brickscape by 5minLab: The app has a huge compilation of brain-teasing puzzles that will help you exercise your brain the proper way. The games have been categorized as per difficulty level.
Figment AR by Viro Media: The app turns your world into the augmented funhouse. The imaginative screens take you out of the world and let you interact with playful objects.
The apps are for people with special needs and disability. These apps make it possible for such people to interact successfully with devices. Following are the apps under this category:
Audio Game Hub by Sonnar Interactive: The game for Android doesn’t offer anything new but the features have been altered a bit to offer extended experience to the users. Sensational sound experience is worth mentioning.
Be My Eyes by Be My Eyes: The app enables live video connection to users so that they can lend their eyes to the disabled. The app takes your small act of kindness to another level.
Open Sesame by Sesame Enable: With this application, the users get the ability to control their entire smartphone with the head movement owing to the algorithms embedded in the app.
Universal Copy by Camel Corporation: Universal copy game for Android takes the pain away of copying text from the app. Just install Universal copy and copy text effortlessly.
Games with exceptional design, impressive user experience, engagement and retention, and strong organic install growth have been nominated under this category. And, the nominees are:
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp by Nintendo Co., Ltd.: Animal Crossing gets you closer to nature where you are appointed as the campsite manager to take care of nature.
Cooking Craze by Big Fish Games: The world of amazing hotels awaits an experienced chef and Cooking Craze gives you the option of exploring your cooking skills at different restaurants.
Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games: The game is a completely new take on RPG games. The puzzle games have been divided into different categories to offer a wide range of challenge to the users.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition by SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.: Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition takes the fantasy world there at your palm. Just download the game and start playing the same.
PUBG MOBILE by Tencent Games: This app takes the original Battle Royale game on your device. The game features high-quality audio and impressive graphics.
This category includes the games that help users interact socially, connect with gamers and build community thereafter. And, the participants for this category are as follows:
Episode by Pocket Gems: The app offers you an opportunity to live your stories. Choose your characters and change anything you wish to. Users can become a creator to write their own stories.
Lineage 2: Revolution by Netmarble Corporation: Lineage 2 is a fantasy world where you live stunning visuals and inside a world having an open combat. The battles are taken in real time on single screen.
Pokémon GO by Niantic, Inc.: Play the game and discover amazing offerings that await the users. The new and improved versions of the game have extra offerings for the users.
PUBG MOBILE by Tencent Games: The original battle game is now available on your device through this game. High-quality graphics and HD audio make the game more prominent for users.
The category is for the apps that create a social impact on the environment across the globe.
Forest by forestapp.cc: The forest features a way that helps users win over their phone addiction just by planting a seed inside the app and see it grow gradually. In case, users will leave the app, the tree withers away.
Khan Academy by Khan Academy: This game in the Google Play Store let the users learn everything to widen their knowledge dimension. Be it Maths, Science or any other subject, Khan Academy makes it easy to learn everything.
Otsimo by Otsimo: This is an awarded education game for the Android application having an impressive set of features for the users. The app is an offering for the children born with learning disorders.
Tala by Tala Mobile: The app is known prominently as Kenya’s #1 financial app. The credits are made available for the users at their fingertips with easy repayment scheduled.
TODXS by TODXS: The mission of this application is to empower the LGBT community. The app endeavors to educate people on the life and situation of these people in Brazil and other countries.
The apps that offer optimized experience have been nominated under this category:
Cricbuzz by Cricbuzz.com: One of the best apps to follow live cricket updates. The app offers superfast commentary and score ratings.
Mercado Libre by Mercado Libre: Mercado Libre lets you buy and sell everything you wish to. It offers the best experience to the users.
Moovit by Moovit: The app takes your transportation stress away from offering the option to commute easily to the workplace and back.
Viki by Viki, Inc: Viki brings you the shows and other popular series beyond those that your cable offers. There are dramas, movies, popular series and more inside the app.
These games are from Indie developers inside a series of categories including artistic design, gameplay mechanism and more. Following are the offerings inside this category:
Agent A by Yak & Co: The game has already been selected as a Google Play Android Excellence Game of 2018 and includes a series of puzzles and games.
Bridge Constructor Portal by Headup Games: The app offers a unique combination of classic Portal™ and Bridge Constructor™ games to the users who are new employees at Science test lab.
Flipping Legend by Noodlecake Studios Inc: the Android gameplay is all about the pattern-based adventure that helps hone your reflexes.
Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH: The app offers the vision from an old man’s eyes to let the users experience the pain, hope, and sorrow all at the same time.
OPUS: Rocket of Whispers by Sigono Inc.: The Google Android app takes you to a world covered with snow and ice.
The apps having strong organic installs have been featured in this category. Here come the nominees:
Astro by Astro Technology: From Mashable to Techcrunch and to the Wall Street Journal, the app has been featured on all of these platforms for its exceptional offerings.
Canva by Canva: The designing artwork becomes fun when you use Canva for creation. You need no technical skills to use the application.
Drops by Language Drops: Drops is there for you to learn different languages like a pro. Just install the Android application and there you go.
Kredivo by FinAccel Pte Ltd: It is an award-winning application that gives you the option to earn credits by evaluating your creditworthiness to shop online.
N26 by N26: This app is your mobile bank. The app has earned the tag of being Europe’s very first mobile bank trusted by more than 850.000 customers.
These are the apps that empower people by demonstrating impressive engagement strategy:
Clue by BioWink GmbH: It is the period tracker app for women that uses users’ history to demonstrate their unique menstrual cycle.
Fabulous by TheFabulous: The app is a habit tracker for the users. Being a science-based application, the app motivates users to improve their fitness.
Headspace by Headspace, Inc.: This is the meditation application that brings the fitness into your daily routine. It teaches you the ways to meditate.
Lifesum by Lifesum: The Android app is your diet planner and calorie counter. It gives you goals to keep in mind while focusing on the calories you consume.
Simple Habit by Simple Habit, Inc.: The app has already been awarded Google Play Best Apps of 2017 Winner and is known as one of the best meditation apps.
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