2018 Google Play Award Winners Revealed: What are the Best Apps & Games this Year?

Recently, Google announced the results of the "Google Play Awards 2018" which listed the best Android apps and games in 2018. iOS users may also find the list useful because many of the apps on the list are also available on the App Store. Google first introduced Google Play Awards in 2016, and the list covers all categories including apps, games, TV shows, movies, books, and audiobooks. This year, Google also added ‘User's Choice Awards,’ which is entirely based on user votes and reviews.

Best App of 2018

Google's Best App of 2018 goes to Drops, a language-learning application featuring 31 different languages. To take “boring” out of language learning, Drops present learners with colorful graphics, drag-able bubbles, and floating text. It only takes 5 minutes a day to learn new words by doing microgames.

Best Game of 2018

Best Game of 2018 goes to PUBG MOBILE, an online multiplayer Battle Royale game developed by Tencent Games from China. PUBG MOBILE is not the only excellent application developed by the Chinese studios, we can see many excellent Chinese applications like Tik Tok, Keep and DIDI starting to draw worldwide attention this year.

2018 Google Play Award Winners


● Best Accessibility Experience : Be My Eyes

● Best AR or VR Experience : BBC Earth: Life in VR

● Standout Startup : Canva

● Best Breakthrough Hit : Empires and Puzzles

● Best Community Building Game : Episode

● Standout Build for Billions Experience : Flipkart

● Best Social Impact : Khan Academy

● Standout Indie : Old Man’s Journey

● Standout Well-Being App : Simple Habit

This year's awards differ greatly from 2017. Awards like Best Multiplayer Game, and Best App for Kids are cancled this year, and the AR and VR categories are merged into one.

YouTube TV and PUBG Mobile were elected as "Fan Favorites of 2018" in the US, while Reddit and PUBG Mobile were the choices of UK. In Korea, Japan, and Mexico, Tik Tok was elected as User's Choice App.

As stated by Google, “The Google Play Awards highlight developers that strive for quality and drive innovation on Android.” Here's the full list of the best apps that have excelled in different categories, and we're looking forward to more interesting and amazing applications in the future.

Full list of Best Apps 2018

● Best App of 2018

Drops: Learn 31 new languages by Language Drops

● Most Entertaining Apps

VIMAGE – cinemagraph creator & live photo animator by vimage

No.Draw – Colors by Number 2018 by Creative APPS

Neverthink: The TV of the Internet by Neverthink

Tik Tok – including musical.ly by musical.ly

Scout FM – Podcast Radio by Scout FM

● Best Self Improvement Apps

Mimo: Learn to Code by MimoHello GmbH

Drops: Learn 31 new languages by Language Drops

10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by 10% Happier

Keep Trainer – Workout Trainer & Fitness Coach by Keep Inc

MasterClass: Learn How To Cook, Sing, Act and More by MasterClass Inc.

● Best Daily Helper Apps

Otter Voice Notes by AISense Inc.

Tasty by BuzzFeed

Sift – Get Automatic Refunds When Prices Drop by ShopInbox Team

Canva: Post, banner, card maker & graphic design by Canva

Notion – Notes, Tasks, Wikis by Notion Labs Inc.

● Best Hidden Gem Apps

SLOWLY by Why Interactive

Unfold – Create Stories by Unfold Creative LLC

Just a Line – Draw Anywhere, with AR by Google Creative Lab

Luci – Lucid Dream Journal by Sam Ruston

Learn Spanish with Lirica: Music Language Learning by Lirica

● Best Game of 2018


● Most Competitive Games

PUBG MOBILE by Tencent Games

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War by Pixel Toys

Dragon Ball Legends by Bandai Namco Ent.

Asphalt 9 by Gameloft

Badland Brawl by Frogmind

● Most Innovative Games

Gorogoa by Annapurna

Umiro by DevolverDigital

Hero Hunters by Hothead Games

Battlelands Royale by FuturePlay

Life is Strange by SQUARE ENIX Ltd

● Best Indie Games

Alto’s Odyssey by Noodlecake Studios

Reigns: GoT by DevolverDigital

Cube Escape Paradox by Rusty Lake

Returner 77 by Fantastic, yes

Evoland 2 by Playdigious

● Most Casual Games

The Sims Mobile by EA

Orbia: Tap and Relax by JOX Development LLC

Murder in the Alps by Nordcurrent

Candy Crush Friends Saga by King

Faraway 3 by Snapbreak