Google Play reveals best apps and games of 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, Google Play has revealed the standout Android apps, games, and books of the year. Featuring Users’ Choice and various “Best for” categories, these lists are tailored to different regions.

This year, additional award categories have been introduced to acknowledge innovative apps leveraging cutting-edge technology, including categories like “Best with AI” and “Best Game for Good.” Furthermore, recognition extends to experiences that function across various devices, with notable categories such as “Best Multi-device App and Game” and “Best for Google Play Games on PC.”

In the US, ChatGPT claims the Users’ Choice App award, succeeding last year’s winner, BeReal. Previous winners include streaming services Paramount+ and Disney+. On the gaming front, MONOPOLY GO! takes the coveted Users’ Choice Game title.

Here, you can take a look at all the nominees for Google Play Users’ Choice Awards 2023.

Best Overall App and Game

Best App: Imprint: Learn Visually

“As our best app of 2023, Imprint: Learn Visually shares bite-sized lessons that use visual storytelling to bring concepts to life. Explore the worlds of psychology, history, health, technology and more in a brand new way.”

Best Game: Honkai: Star Rail

This sci-fi extravaganza takes the title of our best game of the year thanks to its excellent depth of content, stunning visuals and thoughtful design. By sprinkling lore and character backstories throughout the game, Honkai: Star Rail delivers lasting entertainment for role-playing game enthusiasts and newcomers alike.”

Best multi-device app and game

Best Multi-device App: Spotify

Whether listening to your favorite music in the kitchen, on the commute or out on a hike, Spotify shines when it comes to working smoothly across devices. We love how you can remotely control playback on another device, and download tracks or episodes for offline playback.”

Best Multi-device Game: OUTERPLANE – Strategy Anime

While we love its charming characters and captivating story, OUTERPLANE’s ability to easily work across multiple devices sets it apart from other turn-based strategy experiences on Play. From outstanding PC performance to flawless transition between screens on foldables, OUTERPLANE is visually stunning, technically impressive and just plain fun.”

Users’ Choice app and game

Users’ Choice App: ChatGPT

Users’ Choice Game: MONOPOLY GO!

Best apps of 2023

Best for Fun: Bumble For Friends: Meet IRL

Best for Personal Growth: Voidpet Garden: Mental Health

Best Everyday Essential: Artifact: Feed Your Curiosity

Best Hidden Gem: Aware: Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Best with AI: Character AI: AI-Powered Chat

Best for Families: Paw Patrol Academy

Best App for Good: AWorld in support of ActNow

Best for Watches: WhatsApp Messenger

Best for Tablets: Concepts: Sketch, Note, Draw

Best for Chromebooks: FlipaClip: Create 2D Animation

Best for Google TV: Max: Stream HBO, TV, & Movies

Best for Cars: Amazon Prime Video

Best games of 2023

Best Multiplayer: Farlight 84

Best Pick Up & Play: MONOPOLY GO!

Best Indies: Vampire Survivors

Best Story: Honkai: Star Rail

Best Ongoing: Stumble Guys

Best Games for Good: Pokémon Sleep

Best on Play Pass: Magic Rampage

Best for Tablets: Honkai: Star Rail

Best for Chromebooks: Minecraft

Best for Google Play Games on PC: Arknights

Best books of 2023

Written by Maya Robertson


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