Here are the best Android apps and games from Google Play Awards 2016

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Google, during its I/O developers conference, hosted the inaugural Google Play Awards, a celebration of the most outstanding achievements in games and apps over the last year.

Although there are tons of apps and games on the Google Play Store, the fact remains, that some stand out from the others. Google has helped us to differentiate the best from the rest by picking 10, each from a different category, ranging from games to productivity.

Here’s a run down of the Google Play Awards 2016 winners;

Best game: Clash Royale

Quite similar to the popular and addictive Clash of Clans, Clash Royale is a real-time multiplayer card battle game. You build up a deck of cards featuring the Clans characters and use them to defeat others online. Made by Supercell, the game reached 1 million downloads after launching. Download free here.

Most innovative: NYT VR (New York Times VR)

With Virtual Reality becoming very popular, NYT VR has made its way as the most innovative. It presents news and has daily virtual reality video stories from the New York Times. Now news will be more personal with the new virtual reality trend with a more in-depth, immersive experience. Download free here.

Best early adopter: World Around Me

WAM, short for “World Around Me” uses augmented reality to help users find places within their current location. It does this by using your smartphone’s camera to see your surroundings and overlays virtual signboards and directions over your view to help you get to where you want to go and also inform you of interesting areas, establishments, and more. WAM covers over 200 countries. Download free here.

Best standout startup: Hopper

Hopper is a travel and flight app, well  not like many others, Hooper predicts flight prices and lets you know the cheapest when you next want to book a trip. It also lets you book a flight quickly and easily. Download free here.

Best families app: Thinkrolls 2

Thinkrolls 2 is an educational app, a puzzle game for kids ages 3 to 9. In Thinkrolls 2 kids navigate cute characters through increasingly more complex mazes, using logic and basic physics as they proceed. Thinkrolls 2 is  both entertaining and educational. Buy for £2.29 here.

Best go global: Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

Who can resist Pokemon titles? formerly on other platforms and now on mobile, Pokemon shuffle is a match-three game where you collect cute monsters and battle using them so as to collect other Pokemon along the way. Download free here.

Best use of Google Play Game services: Table Tennis Touch

Table Tennis Touch is a ping pong game for mobile that gets difficult as you progress. It features career modes, plus mini games and multiplayer online action. The game offers both single player and multi player modes also it allows you to challenge friends over the net or locally. Buy for £2.29 here.

Best standout indie: Alphabear

Alphabear is a mix of Scrabble and word puzzle game. In this game, you spell words through letter bricks seen on screen, this then turns into bears when successfully chosen. When words are selected next to each other, they turn into bigger bears, which earns higher scores. You win a igital bear as a collectable when you get a specific score. Download free here.

Best use of material design: Robinhood

Robinhood is a Stock market app, it offers free trading. Unlike other services, with Robinhood you don’t have to pay a commission on buying and selling stocks. A nice looking app, thats why it made its way to the Best Use of Material Design. Download free here.

Best app: Houzz

Houzz gives access to millions of pictures of interior design ideas including places to buy furniture and fittings, it also enables users to place and draw objects onto photos so you can have a view of how an item would look like in your house. This helps especially if you intend to redesign your home or have recently moved. It has an easy to use interface, minimalistic style, and beautiful design. Additionally it enables you to connect to millions of design professionals and also share thoughts with them. Download free here.

There you have it, although there are millions of apps in Google Play Store, these top 10 apps for 2016 will at least irect your focus on which to download based on what you intend to achieve. Comments? feel free to share.


Google is an American multinational technology company founded on the 4th of September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D students at Stanford University. The company specializes in Internet-related services and products such as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. The Google Play, is a digital distribution platform operated by the company. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android SDK and published through Google.


Google I/O is an annual software developer-focused conference held by Google in San Francisco, California. Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more. Google I/O was started in 2008. The “I” and “O” stand for input/output, and “Innovation in the Open”. The format of the event is similar to that of the Google Developer Day.



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