23 Dec Google’s Best Android Apps of 2016
Last time out, we looked at Apple’s pick of the best iPhone apps of 2016.
Now it’s time to turn our attention to the fine folks at Google UK and their favourite Android apps to grace the Play Store this year.
However, rather than opting for a simple top ten list like their compatriots in Cupertino, these mavericks have selected one overall winner, along with a few additional categories that fulfil certain criteria.
The categories are:
- Most Innovative
- Most Share-worthy
- Most Beautiful
- Made in Great Britain
- Top Trending
- Most Entertaining
- Best Self-improvement
- Best Family
Here we’ll grab the top picks from each category, before finishing up with Google’s Best App of the Year. And if you’d like to check out the full list, click here.
2016’s Best Android Apps
ShareTheMeal – Help children (Most Innovative, 2016)
ShareTheMeal is a non-profit initiative of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, and it fights hunger and provides food assistance to almost 80 million people around the world. This smart app allows you to join that fight, donating ‘a meal’ (or rather, the $0.50 it costs to feed one child for one day) wherever you are and whenever you can.
Simple Speed Test (Most Share-worthy, 2016)
The Simple Speed Test app is the easy, fast, and accurate way of testing the speed of your internet connection. It’s incredibly user-friendly, and looks great. Easy to see why it was so shareable!
EyeEm – Camera & Photo Filter (Most Beautiful, 2016)
If you’re an aspiring or professional photographer, then this very beautiful app could be for you. Join 18 million other photographers around the world who have sold photos and boosted their profiles on EyeEm.
Citymapper (Made in Great Britain, 2016)
If there’s one thing we Brits like to do, it’s moan about public transport. But thanks to the very clever Citymapper, that particular pastime might be done for. This urban transit trip planner combines all transport modes to find the best and most efficient routes, and all in real-time.
Met Office Weather (Top Trending, 2016)
The fact that this is one of the top trending apps of 2016 speaks volumes for the weather here in Britain. Get the latest forecasts and severe weather warnings from the Met Office so that you can dress appropriately or grab a brolly before you leave the house.
Love Island (Most Entertaining, 2016)
You probably had to be a fan of ITV’s Love Island to have found this app the most entertaining of 2016. But if you were, you’d be in paradise. The app allowed you to vote on who stayed, went, and got to go into the villa (whatever that means). Plus there was a host of additional content such as trivia to keep fans busy between episodes.
Noisli (Best Self-improvement, 2016)
If you’re in need of a productivity boost, or a little help chilling out or dropping off, then Noisli could be just the ticket. This high quality ambient sound and colour generator drowns out annoying background noise to help you focus better, or fall asleep faster.
Disney Magic Kingdoms (Best Family, 2016)
Are you a fan of Disney? Then you’ll love this app. It gives you the chance to create your own Disney amusement park, take part in hundreds of animated quests, and helped banish the world of evil. Fun for all the family.
And the Best App of the Year…
And finally – well, what do you know – the winner of Android App of the Year 2016 is Prisma. Also named the Best iPhone App of the Year, Prisma transforms your favourite photos into little works of art using the styles of renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, and Levitan.
This very swish app uses a combination of AI and neural networks to apply its filters and create mini-masterpieces.
Did any of these apps make your own ‘Best of’ list for 2016? Or do you have a different suggestion for Android App of the Year? Tell us on Twitter.