As the end of the year approaches, it’s time for year-end reviews, and Google Play has the top Android applications and games for 2021. These rankings, including Users’ Choice, are localised, and you can find them by touching the “Best of 2021” banner at the top of the Play Store and selecting your country.
Users’ Choice 2021
The results below are for the United States, with Paramount+ getting the Users’ Choice app award — Disney+ won last year — and Garena Free Fire MAX taking the gaming prize.
Best Android apps of 2021
Balance, on the other hand, is the finest app of 2021, according to Google’s editorial team. “Personal growth apps are in high demand,” it continues.
The winners of this year’s competition came up with innovative, and often meditative, ways to help users learn more about themselves. Balance encourages people to rediscover their centre through tailored meditations; Moonly teaches users how to synchronise their lives by using the lunar calendar; and Laughscape uses humour to help people reach a meditative state.
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“Best for Tablets” (Canva, Concepts, Houzz), “Wear” (Calm, My Fitness Pal, Sleep Cycle), and “Popular on Google TV” (Disney+, ESPN, Tubi) are also included.
Best Android games of 2021
Meanwhile, for “its dynamic gameplay and cross-platform experience,” the Play Store team picked Pokémon UNITE as Android’s Best Game of 2021.
Meanwhile, an influx of indie developers has been providing unique and inventive gaming experiences that we didn’t even realise we needed. Bird Alone is a game created by independent developer George Batchelor that challenges you to find friendship with the world’s “loneliest bird.” In Donut County, a physics-based puzzle game developed by Annapurna Interactive, you play as an expanding hole.