Google Play has seen tremendous growth over the past year, reaching more than 1 billion Android users across 190 countries. As a way to recognize their incredible developer community and highlight some of the best apps and games, they’re kicking off their first-ever “Google Play Awards”.
The program will showcase five nominees across 10 award categories and feature them in a dedicated collection on Google Play. Nominees were selected by a panel of experts on the Google Play team based on criteria emphasizing app quality, innovation, and having a launch or major update in the last 12 months.
The winners of each category will be announced at Google I/O in May.
The full list of categories and nominees.
According to TechCrunch, some of the apps in this list made appearances in Apple’s “Best of” 2015 list as well, including Robinhood and Hopper. Robinhood additionally became the first finance company to ever win the Apple Design Award last year, and was a runner-up for best iPhone app of 2015.