Google Announces Play Store’s Best of 2021

Posted on November 29, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Chrome OS, Google, Google TV, Mobile, Mobile gaming, Wearables with 8 Comments

Google today revealed its favorite apps and games across phones, tablets, wearables, and Google TV from the Play Store in 2021. It’s the first time it has rewarded app makers on its non-smartphone platforms.

“By challenging the norm, introducing unique gameplay features, and giving users never-before-seen experiences, Google Play’s Best of winners represent what’s next in app and game development,” Google’s Brett Bouchard writes in the announcement post. “Similar to our Best of 2020 winners, apps focused on personal growth were in high demand in 2021. This year’s winners found creative, and often meditative, ways to help users get to know themselves on a deeper level.”

The Best App of 2021 is Balance, which encourages people to find their center through personalized meditations. The Best Game of 2021 is Pokémon UNITE, thanks to its “dynamic gameplay and cross-platform experience.”

Google’s customers had their own picks, of course: They voted Paramount+ as the best app of 2021 and Garena Free Fire MAX as the best game.

You can find the complete list of winners on the Google Play Store.

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8 responses to “Google Announces Play Store’s Best of 2021”

  1. seattlemike

    Seriously? Paramount+?

  2. ronv42

    I guess they have run out of originality right? I thought ingenuity and new idea's should be part of the best app qualifications.

    • ejuly

      You sound my dad and he just turned 100 last month. BTW, I have not seen an original app or game in 59 years myself. The last one was called Game of Life.

  3. polloloco51

    I am disappointed Angry Birds didn't make this list. Best game ever made! 😂

  4. Tiny

    I haven't downloaded any app on the list. Does this mean I'm even more abnormal than usual?

  5. Daekar

    Apparently the best the mobile ecosystem has to offer is far below what I would consider worthy of notice...

    A meditation app? Give me a break... talk about unnecessary nonsense.

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