12 March 2019
It is almost the end of 2018 which means it is time for annual Google Play awards where we get to know about the year's best apps and games. Google has officially released the Best of 2018 list featuring best apps, games, movies, and eBooks/audiobooks of the year. It has excluded best songs from this year's list which were listed last year.
Starting with the best app and game, the award went to Drops: Learn 31 new languages and PUBG Mobile respectively. Google introduced User's Choice awards this year where winners vary for each region. In the United States, YouTube and PUBG Mobile emerged as the best User's Choice app and game. For India, Google Pay (formerly Google Tez) won the app category and PUBG Mobile was declared victorious once again for the gaming category.
It further announced TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) as the Most Entertaining app of the year. Similarly, Unfold - Create Stories won the Best Hidden Gems category, Home Workout - No Equipments won the Best Self-Improvement category, and Otter Notes won the Best Daily Helper category.
As for games, Ludo King emerged as the Best Casual game of the year. Battleland Royale was judged as the Most Innovative game, Real Cricket 18 as the Most Competitive game, and Alto's Odyssey as the Best Indie game. It is worth noting that both these additional category winners are for the Indian Play Store. The actual winners of these particular categories are likely to vary depending on the region you are from.
For movies, the best movies of 2018 on the Play Store include Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Justice League, and Deadpool 2. Similarly, for eBooks, the list includes the likes of Calling Sehmat, How to Make Money in Intraday Trading, The Richest Man in Babylon, and The World As I See It. Lastly, some of the best audiobooks of the year are Sherlock Holmes: The Collection, 12 Rules for Life, The Science of Getting Rich, and The Art of War.
If interested, you can check out the complete list of all these categories by using the Play Store application on your Android smartphone/tablet or visiting the website on the desktop.