Google Play is massive, millions of apps now available there. To encourage app developers, Google every year pick some best apps in particular category and award them at Google IO. This year i.e. 2017 Google will be held in coming weeks where Google will award some best apps of 2016. This time around Google has decided to award apps in 12 categories. When most of the categories were there too in 2016 IO, but this time Google has added few new categories.

Standout Startup is honouring some of the fast moving startup and their apps. Some cool names like Digit, Castbox, and Hooked, can be seen competing in this category.

Similarly, Standout Indie category is for indie developers focusing on artistic design, gameplay mechanism. Names like Mars:Mars, Mushroom 11 can be seen in this category.

If you are thinking this award for smartphone apps only then you are wrong as Google also added a category for Android Wear apps. Some interesting apps like Runtastic Running & Fitness, Seven – 7 Minute Workout are on parade for best Android Wear apps.

All this categories and nominees were announced in an Android developer blog post. Also, there is a dedicated area in Google play for all these nominated apps to download and try.

How Google Decide Best Apps?

Hmmm! This is an interesting question that many people might have asked himself. Luckily we have that answer. To qualify, each app has to keep a high rating, huge downloads, and a constant update from April 2016. After that Google staff pick some apps which have qualified previous round, then they put those on observation. This is how Google decide which app to pick in which category.

There are other unusual categories like ‘Best Social Impact’ and ‘Best Accessibility Experience’ which Google describe as apps that created meaningful social impact and apps that helped disabled people in better way respectively.

Among the all, ‘Best TV Experience,’ ‘Best VR Experience,’ ‘Best AR Experience‘ and ‘Best Multiplayer Game‘ creating buzz.

The Google, I/O event, is scheduled at 6:30 PM PDT on 18th May.