The Google Play Awards, for those not familiar, are a celebration of the applications and games that “represent some of the best experiences available on Android.” Google selects the apps that are up for awards, but they also need to meet select criteria like a high Play rating or having launched a major update since April of last year.
Here are this year’s 2018 Google Play awards winners. :

1 Standout Well-Being App

The app from Simple Habit Inc is the app that empower people to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies. Simple Habit by Simple Habit, Inc.

2 Standout Indie

Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish. Old Man's Journey by Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH

3 Standout Startup

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

4 Best AR or VR Experience

Apps or games offering highly engaging and immersive experiences with optimal use of ARCore or Daydream UI. BBC Earth: Life in VR by BBC Worldwide (Ltd)

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5 Standout Build for Billions Experience

Apps or games with optimized performance, localization and culturalization for emerging markets. Flipkart by Flipkart

6 Best Breakthrough Hit

New apps or games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong organic install growth. Empires & Puzzles by Small Giant Games

7 Best Community Building Game

This category has games built to connect gamers, encouraging social interaction and community building. Episode by Pocket Gems

8 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).

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9 Best Accessibility Experience

Apps or games enabling device interaction that serves people with disabilities or special needs. Be My Eyes by Be My Eyes.

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