Google Play announces the best Android apps and games of 2021

Google Play has announced the winners of Google Play’s Best of 2021, a collection of Android apps and games that made positive contributions to culture this year. Unlike previous years, Google expanded this year’s awards to apps and games on tablets, plus apps on Wear OS and Google TV. 

While Pokémon UNITE won Best Game for its dynamic gameplay and cross-platform experience, Balance earned Best App of 2021 award. 

Also Read: Best Android Apps and Games of 2020

Best Android Games of 2021

Pokémon UNITE was the winner of the 202q best Android game award. First announced in February and released in September on mobile, Pokémon UNITE has surpassed 25 million downloads on mobile and Nintendo Switch as of October.

Meanwhile, Google also announced the bests of five additional categories:

Best Competitive

League of Legends: Wild Rift
MARVEL Future Revolution
Pokémon UNITE
Rogue Land
Suspects: Mystery Mansion

Best Game Changers

Knights of San Francisco
Tears of Themis

Best Indies

7 Billion Humans
Bird Alone
Donut County
My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge
Puzzling Peaks EXE

Best Pick Up & Play

Cats in Time
Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Best for Tablets

Chicken Police — Paint it RED!
League of Legends: Wild Rift
My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge
The Procession to Calvary

Best Android Apps of 2021

Meditation and sleep app Balance has become the best Android app of 2021. 

“We are deeply honored that Google chose Balance as its Best App of 2021,” said Jesse Pickard, Founder and CEO at Elevate Labs. “We built Balance with the individual in mind. No two people are the same, and we wanted to create a personalized mental wellness program that could reflect and support those special differences. I also want to thank our customers for their help in our journey. Your engagement and feedback has allowed us to build a truly wonderful product together.”

Best Apps for Good

Empathy – an app that gives you the guidance and support you need to get through when you lose someone you love.
Mentor Spaces – an app that provides a mentorship community for underrepresented professionals
Speechify – a text-to-speech app

Best Everyday Essentials

Blossom – Plant Identification App
PhotoRoom – Photo Editor
Rabit – Habit Tracker and Planner

Best for Fun

Clubhouse – Social Audio App
Noobly – A social networking app designed to help gamers find gamer pals
Whatifi – Interactive Movies App

Best Hidden Gems

Laughscape – a comedic relaxation app which helps people relax from their day to day stressed without the seriousness of traditional ‘guided meditation’
Moonbeam – Podcast Discovery App
Moonly – Moon Phase Calendar, Cycles and Astrology App

Best for Personal Growth

Balance – Meditation and Sleep App
Clementine – hypnotherapy app for busy women who want to find their inner calm, reduce anxiety, ditch self-doubt and get a great night’s sleep
Uptime – 5-min Books, Courses, Documentaries

Best for Tablets

Canva – Design and video editing app
Concepts – Sketch, Note, Draw
Houzz – Home design and remodel app

Best for Wear

Calm – An app for meditation and sleep
MyFitnessPal – Calorie counter app
Sleep Cycle – Sleep tracker for Android

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Written by Jordan Bevan


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