And the 12 Winners of the 2017 Google Play Awards Are...
Article by George Norman
On 19 May 2017
Drum roll please! The winners of the 2017 Google Play Awards, the annual ceremony that recognizes outstanding developers and games, have just been announced.

As you might remember, 60 apps across 12 categories have been nominated for the 2017 Google Play Awards. The 12 apps to win the category they were nominated for are...

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Standout Indie – Mushroom 11



"As life struggles to gain a foothold in a devastated world, a new lifeform emerges from the rubble. Mold yourself into any shape as you explore this strange, challenging landscape. The eerily beautiful visuals are complemented by the ethereal music of electronica legend The Future Sound of London."

Mushroom 11 is $4.99 on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Mushroom 11 for PC, Mac and Linux is $14.99 on Steam.


Standout Startup – Hooked



"HOOKED lets you read amazing chat stories on your phone. These are gripping, edge-of-your seat thrillers that will keep you reading for hours. Or, write your own story and get lots of fans! Every HOOKED story is told as a bite-sized text message conversation, as if you were reading someone else's chat history. We love reading, just like you, but we know it can get BORING when stories are too long. So we created this app to make reading snappy, spooky and fun."

Hooked is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best Android Wear Experience – Runtastic Running & Fitness



"Reach your fitness goals & boost your running training with the free Runtastic GPS Running & Fitness app. Let us be your go-to fitness tracker (distance, time, speed, elevation, calories burned…) - for activities like running, jogging, biking & walking. It’s the best running app, walking app & running trainer for all your running routes – even marathon training!

Runtastic is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Runtastic Pro is $4.99 on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best TV Experience – Red Bull TV



"Red Bull TV is a global entertainment platform that explores the exciting worlds of music, sports and events. We aim to inspire the next generation through premium, easy access streams on all devices, wherever and whenever you want."

Red Bull TV is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best VR Experience – Virtual Virtual Reality



"Put on VR headsets in VR to escape your manager and explore deeper realities in this two hour game. In the near future, most human jobs are automated. What is the purpose of humanity? Activitude, the Virtual Labor System, is here to help. Your artisanal human companionship is still highly sought by our A.I. clients. Strap on your headset. Find your calling."

Virtual Virtual Reality is $8.99 on Google Play.


Best AR Experience – Woorld



"A unique and friendly augmented reality experience, WOORLD lets you decorate your space with fantastical objects and then see how they interact in silly, playful ways. Get to know the adorable characters and help them explore your creation with a simple touch interface. Build a WOORLD, and then share it with friends! Help the lost Explorer find friends and eventually - find its way home. The sky’s the limit with this magical, creative play experience - exclusively built for Tango-enabled devices."

Woorld is free on Google Play.


Best App for Kids – Animal Jam – Play Wild



"Become your favorite animal and join your friends in the wild world of Jamaa! Show off your style with animal characters that express the real you. Design your own den and invite your friends to parties in your virtual home. You’ll explore a lush and beautiful 3D world, meet and chat with new friends, and play great games for FREE!"

Animal Jam – Play Wild is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best Multiplayer Game – Hearthstone



"Pick up your cards and throw down the gauntlet! In Hearthstone, you play the hero in a fast-paced, whimsical card game of cunning strategy. In minutes, you’ll be unleashing powerful cards to sling spells, summon minions, and seize control of an ever-shifting battlefield. Whether it’s your first card game or you’re an experienced pro, the depth and charm of Hearthstone will draw you in."

Hearthstone is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best App – Memrise



"Unlock your language learning superpowers with Memrise! Next-generation mobile learning technology and content that is helping over 15 million people all around the world: every day, 2 million words and phrases are learned with a rich variety of games, chatbots and over 30,000 native speaker videos."

Memrise is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best Game – Transformers: Forged to Fight



"Join Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Waspinator, Rhinox, Grimlock, Soundwave and many more of your favorite bots in the battle for supremacy where Transformers universes collide. This exciting action-fighting RPG brings the heroic storytelling and spectacular action from over 30 years of Transformers history to your mobile device!"

Transformers: Forged to Fight is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best Accessibility Experience – IFTTT



"Applets bring your favorite services together to create new experiences. Over 400 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive, Twitch, Weather Underground, Instagram, Gmail, and devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your Android."

IFTTT is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.


Best Social Impact – ShareTheMeal



"ShareTheMeal is the charity app by the World Food Programme that allows you to feed a child in need with one tap on your phone. Every year, hunger kills more people than malaria, HIV and tuberculosis combined. But it costs only $0.50 to feed a child for one day. There are 20 times as many smartphone users as hungry children. If every one of us gives just a little, we can make this world a better place!"

ShareTheMeal is free on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.




Tags: Google Play Awards, Google, Android, Google I/O, Mushroom 11, Hooked, Runtastic, Red Bull TV, Virtual Virtual Reality, Woorld, Hearthstone, Transformers: Forged to Fight, IFTTT, ShareTheMeal
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