This post was originally published at Time to celebrate the 2018 Google Play Award nominees

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Posted by Purnima Kochikar, Director, Apps and Games Business Development, Google Play

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This year’s Google Play Awards will take place on Monday, May 7th, kicking off the week of Google I/O. Celebrating our third year, we’re excited to highlight nine categories; some you may recognize from previous years, along with new additions highlighting growth areas and trends we’re focused on, such as building for emerging markets.

Each year, the Google Play Awards recognize top apps and games on Google Play. They represent some of the best experiences available on Android, with an emphasis on overall quality, strong design, technical performance, and innovation. The nominees were selected by various teams across Google, and all meet criteria thresholds covering high star rating, Android vitals, and have had a launch or major update since April 2017.

Congratulations to this year’s nominees below and don’t forget to check them out on the Google Play store at g.co/play/gpa2018.

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Standout Well-Being App

Apps empowering people to live the best version of their lives, while demonstrating responsible design and engagement strategies

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Best Accessibility Experience

Apps or games enabling device interaction in an innovative way that serves people with disabilities or special needs

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Best Social Impact

Apps or games that create a positive impact in communities around the world (focused on health, education, crisis response, refugees, financial health & fundraising functions)

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Standout Indie

Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics, and overall polish

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Best Community Building Game

Games built to connect gamers, encouraging social interaction and community building

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Best AR or VR Experience

Apps or games offering highly engaging and immersive experiences with optimal use of ARCore or Daydream UI

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Standout Build for Billions Experience

Apps or games with optimized performance, localization, and culturalization for emerging markets

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Standout Startup

Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.

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Best Breakthrough Hit

New apps or games with excellent overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong organic install growth

Come back on Monday, May 7th when we announce the winners, and until then, make sure to try out some of these great apps and games on Google Play at g.co/play/gpa2018.

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This post was originally published at Time to celebrate the 2018 Google Play Award nominees