Here are 2018’s Google Play Award winners

Google Play Award

Ahead of Google I/O this year, the search company has unveiled its the top Android apps and games as chosen by Google employees throughout the company.

The company announced the nine categories with all of the nominees last month.

All of the apps and games chosen have high star ratings on the Play Store and follow Google’s Android vitals specifications and launched or been updated since April 2017.

Below are all nine categories and their descriptions donned by Google.

Standout well-being app

“Apps empowering people to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies.”

Best Accessibility Experience

“Apps or games enabling device interaction that serves people with disabilities or special needs.”

Best Social Impact

“Apps or games that create a positive impact in communities around the world (focused on health, education, crisis response, refugees, financial health and fundraising functions).”

Standout Indie

“Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish.”

Best Community Building Game

“Games built to connect gamers, encouraging social interaction and community building.”

Best AR or VR Experience

“Apps or games offering highly engaging and immersive experiences with optimal use of ARCore or Daydream UI.”

Standout Build for Billions Experience

“Apps or games with optimized performance, localization and culturalization for emerging markets.”

Standout Startup

“Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.”

Best Breakthrough Hit  

“New apps or games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong organic install growth.”

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