Google just held its inaugural Play Awards at its IO developers conference to highlight some of the best apps from around the world.
The company chose one winner in each of ten different categories, with the final decision made by a panel of Googlers who paid attention to factors like user experience and high star ratings.
In other words, if you have an Android phone you should download these apps:
Houzz, which is like Pinterest for home design, snagged the top award.
The app lets you browse through tens of millions of high-resolution photos of home interiors, chat with designers, overlay products in your own space using your device's camera, and buy items that really catch your eye.
Google honored World Around Me for its use of augmented reality to help users discover new places and get around, blending features of Yelp and Google Maps with an AR twist.
When you open the app, you'll see virtual signs through your camera's image of the real world which will suggest nearby places, like bars, ATMs, or bus stations. You can also search for a spot and get AR-guided directions.
Thinkrolls helps kids get smarter by letting them guide little rolling creatures through a series of challenges while exploring concepts of physics like force, acceleration, and gravity.
The logic puzzle game says that it's 'moulding the next generation of scientific geniuses.'
The New York Times made a splash last year when it sent Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets to all its print subscribers.
With its VR app, The New York Times experiments with a beautiful and immersive new way to experience the news and has already created VR stories about the refugee crisis, mourning in the wake of the Paris attacks, and the presidential campaign.
The Google Play team offers a bunch of different tools to make game apps better, and Table Tennis Touch clearly used a lot of them.
The game is visually stunning, intuitive, and sure to entice anyone who loves a little friendly competition.
If you love travelling, you need to download Hopper immediately. The app analyses billions of flight prices daily to predict how they will change and will send you push notifications when a desired flight hits its most rock-bottom price.
For this award, Google picked through a selection of new developers with strong app install growth.
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