These are the best Android apps of 2018 nominated for a Google Play Award

There are millions of great apps on the Google Play Store, so it can be tough for apps to get noticed and pick up the traction they deserve. That's one of the reasons why Google runs a yearly "Google Play Award" system, where it picks a couple dozen apps to highlight for outstanding design, user experience, performance, innovation and overall quality. Google just released the full list of nominees for the award, which in itself is a huge deal for these developers, but at Google I/O 2018 we'll see the actual award winners.

Here are all of the nominated apps, divided up by category — there are nine categories in total, and five nominees for each one.

Standout well-being app

  • Clue (opens in new tab) by BioWink GmbH
  • Fabulous (opens in new tab) by TheFabulous
  • Headspace (opens in new tab) by Headspace, Inc.
  • Lifesum (opens in new tab) by Lifesum
  • Simple Habit (opens in new tab) by Simple Habit, Inc.

Best accessibility experience

Best social impact

  • Forest (opens in new tab) by forestapp.cc
  • Khan Academy (opens in new tab) by Khan Academy
  • Otsimo (opens in new tab) by Otsimo
  • Tala (opens in new tab) by Tala Mobile
  • TODXS (opens in new tab) by TODXS

Standout indie

Best community building game

Best AR or VR experience

Standout build for billions experience

  • Cricbuzz (opens in new tab) by Cricbuzz.com
  • Flipkart (opens in new tab) by Flipkart
  • Mercado Libre (opens in new tab) by Mercado Libre
  • Moovit (opens in new tab) by Moovit
  • Viki (opens in new tab) by Viki, Inc

Standout startup

  • Astro (opens in new tab) by Astro Technology
  • Canva (opens in new tab) by Canva
  • Drops (opens in new tab) by Language Drops
  • Kredivo (opens in new tab) by FinAccel Pte Ltd
  • N26 (opens in new tab) by N26

Best breakthrough hit

We'll see the awards for each category handed out on May 7 at Google I/O, but you don't have to wait until then to check out these awesome apps. Google has created a handy link to the Play Store (opens in new tab) where you can see and download all of the nominated apps in one place.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

3 Comments
  • I enjoy Clue and Forest, but I'll check out the other apps in those categories as well.
  • Nothing there I use.
  • Just wondering if play store is having issues. I have done all the trouble shooting on my end but still can't get apps to download or update on strong internet connection or wifi. Any response would be greatly appreciated.