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Google Play Store names the best Android apps and games of 2021

As December approaches, it’s time for the Yearly Recaps, and Google Play is ready with the best Android apps and games of 2021. These lists, including User Picks, are localized and you can browse your country by tapping the “Best of 2021” banner at the top of the Play Store.

User Choice 2021

Selections below reflect US results, with Paramount + winning the Users’ Choice app award – Disney + won last year, while the game’s honor goes to Garena Free Fire MAX.

Best Android Apps of 2021

During this time, Balance, as selected by the editorial team at Google, is the best app of 2021. It continues to reflect how “apps focused on personal growth are in high demand”.

This year’s winners have found creative, and often thoughtful, ways to help users get to know each other better. Applications like Balance encourage people to find their center through personalized meditations; moon shows users how to harmonize their lives using the lunar calendar; and To laugh helps people reach a meditative state through laughter.

Google also offers several other “best” categories:

There is also “Best for tablets” (Cloth, Notions, Houzz) and “Wear” (Calmed down, My fitness buddy, Sleep cycle), as well as “Popular on Google TV” (Disney +, ESPN, Tubi).

Best Android games of 2021

Meanwhile, the Play Store team named Pokémon UNITE as the best Android game of 2021 for “its dynamic gameplay and cross-platform experience”.

Meanwhile, we’ve seen a wave of indie developers creating imaginative, personal gaming experiences we never thought we needed. Indie developer George Batchelor brought us Bird Alone, a game that challenges you to find the company of “the loneliest bird in the world”. And in Donut County, developed by Annapurna Interactive, you become a bigger and bigger hole in a physics-based puzzle game.

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