Google names best Android apps of 2016 in first Play Store Awards

The best apps category on the Google Play Store has been around for quite a while, but for a first time this year, Google has decided to take an Apple-like route and announce its own 'Google Play Store Awards' to single out the finest applications out there.

Instead of having separate categories for phone, tablet and smartwatch apps, however, Google is instead breaking apps down in 10 categories. So who are the winners?

The award for the best overall app in 2016 goes to (drumroll)... Houzz! The home decor and renovation application is one of our favorites as well: it has a fast and smooth interface, features tons of design ideas and is overall designed to a very high standard. It's our go-to app for ideas about home renovation.

The other winners by categories are as follows:

You can tap/click on the name of each app to check it out at the Google Play Store. What's your personal favorite out of this selection?



1. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Cheaply made and cheap prize apps. Don't expect to be excellent, but standard.

2. TerryTerius unregistered

Nah, Houzz is the ish. Without it I would've probably been unable to decorate my apartment the way I saw in my head.

3. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

Cheaply made!! WTH do you mean by cheap?? Well what do you expect??

6. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

IOs or Windows based like. I'd pay $15 and above for superior quality. Not cheap $5.

9. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Utter BS!!!!!!!!!

4. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

A bit early in the year for the best of anything for 2016.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Expect a protest from dark-themed apps icons any minute now. Got my oscar reference ? No? Okay

7. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Speaking of good apps, and past conversations of how poor mobile gaming still is. I was pretty addicted to Tower Madness 2 last night. It works and looks nice, and the payment system isn't annoying or detrimental to the game play.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

XPrivacy is one of the best apps on any Android IMO, can't dare to use an Android device without it.

10. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I'm sorry but while I like it Clash Royale doesn't deserve best game

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