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

Best accessibility experience

Best social impact

Standout indie

Best community building game

Best AR or VR experience

Standout build for billions experience

Standout startup

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 where you can see and download all of the nominated apps in one place.

Andrew Martonik

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