Brace yourselves, best of 2013 lists are coming. Google started early with two Play Store collections bringing together some of the best apps and games of the year.
The 14-strong best apps list include staples like TuneIn Radio, Wunderlist and Aviary, but also a few more niche-focused apps like SigFig, a stock and finances management app, Toca Hair Salon 2, a kids-focused salon simulator, and The Whole Pantry, a gorgeous cooking app. In fact, if there’s one thing that all the apps on Google’s list share is their functional and beautiful design – if you want to understand what good Android app design looks like, this list is a great starting point.
Here are Google’s best apps of 2013:
- Runtastic Running & Fitness
- Umano: News Read to You
- Duolingo: Learn Languages Free
- We Heart It
- Toca Hair Salon 2
- The Whole Pantry
- theScore: Sports & Scores
- Circa News
- Magisto Video Editor & Maker
- Wunderlist – To-do & Task List
- 500px — Inspiring Photos
- SigFig – Stocks & Investments
- TuneIn Radio
- Photo Editor by Aviary
Moving on to Google’s Best Games of 2013 collection, some big names make unsurprising appearances. Plants vs Zombies 2, Asphalt 8, Anomaly 2, or Clash of Clans are hugely popular with mobile gamers everywhere. Other games on the list are less known, but just as fun. We’re glad to see on the list the minimalist space strategy rymdkapsel and the quirky retro RPG 10000000, but the list truly has something for everyone.
Here are Google’s best games of 2013:
- Asphalt 8: Airborne
- FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS
- Containment The Zombie Puzzler
- Dots: A Game About Connecting
- Into the Dead
- Anomaly 2
- Rayman Fiesta Run
- Clash of Clans
- Juice Cubes
- The Blockheads
- Heroes of Dragon Age
- Plants vs. Zombies™ 2
What do you think of Google’s choices for best apps and best games of 2013? Do they match your own choices?