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This Year’s Annual Google Play Awards With Two New Categories, Here are The Nominees

This is the third year for Google Play Awards and Google added new categories this time – augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The nominees are announced, so let’s take a look who will be ‘fighting’ for the gold in 2018.

This year’s annual Google Play Awards nominees have been announced by Google and the winners will be announced on May 7 at Google I/O Conference (Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California).

Here are the categories:

  1. Apps
  2. Best Accessibility Experience
  3. Gaming
  4. AR and VR experience

In the first category, you’ll find well-being apps or apps that “empower users to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies.”

  • Clue – period-tracking app
  • Lifesum – diet planet and calorie counter app
  • Headspace – meditation and mindfulness app
  • Fabolous – meditation, relax and sleep
  • Simple Habit – meditation, health and fitness

The “Best Accessibility Experience” apps are apps or games that can be helpful to those with disabilities or special needs.

  • Audio Game Hub – audio-based game
  • Be My Eyes – to help blind people with tasks through a video
  • Open Sesame – touch free
  • Voice Volume Catcher – control your voice

The third category, Gaming, is divided into two categories

  1. Standout Indie
  2. Best Community Building Game

The “Standout Indie” category is a category for independent developers. Here are the nominees:

  • Agent A
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Flipping Legend
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • OPUS: Rocket of Whispers

The second or “Best Community Building Game” is all about connecting mobile gamers in a way to complete tasks together and have fun while playing. In this category, we have the following nominees:

  • Clash Royale
  • Episode
  • Lineage 2: Revolution
  • Pokemon Go
  • PUBG Moblie

Let’s take a look at the numbers, even though we don’t know Google’s criteria:

  • Clash Royale – over 21 million downloads, 4,6 score from reviews, active for more than two years.
  • Episode – over 1,5 million downloads, 4,3 score from reviews
  • Lineage 2: Revolution – this is fresh meat, but a very cool game.
  • Pokemon Go – over 10 million downloads, 4,1 score from reviews, active for almost two years.
  • PUBG – over 1,5 million downloads, 4,4 score from reviews, active for less than 2 months.

If Google’s criteria include total downloads and how long the game has been active, then Clash Royale and Pokemon Go will fight for the gold. If not, Clash Royale could be walking out with the gold.

For last, there is also AR and VR experience category, “Best AR or VR Experience,” with the following nominees, as the best in this category:

  • BBC Earth: Life in VR
  • Porshe Mission E
  • Asteroids!
  • Brickscape
  • Figment AR

The winners will be announced on May 7, so until then stay with us and get the latest mobile news.

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Dejan Kacurov

Hey there, I'm Dejan! Let me take you through my life, where family, gaming, and CrossFit play prominent roles. Since day one, I've been surrounded by the love and support of my family. Growing up, every moment spent with my parents and siblings was filled with warmth and laughter, creating memories I hold dear. As a parent now, I've experienced a whole new level of love and responsibility. My two wonderful kids bring endless joy and a sense of purpose to my life. In the digital realm, I found my passion - gaming. Whether I'm conquering the world of Apex Legends or embarking on adventures in Pokemon Go, gaming fuels my sense of adventure and competition. Beyond the virtual world, I discovered the exhilaration of CrossFit. The challenging workouts, camaraderie with fellow fitness enthusiasts, and constant drive to push my limits have become an integral part of my life. Balancing family time, gaming, and CrossFit has been a journey of self-discovery. Each passion complements the other, bringing fulfillment and joy to my daily routine.

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