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Here are 2021's best apps and games according to Google

Google really likes mindfulness apps, and a bit of Pokémon mastery sprinkled between.
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November 29, 2021
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Joe Hindy / Android Authority

We’re slowly inching towards the end of the year. With December just a few days away, Google has announced the winners of its annual Google Play Best of awards. This year, Google’s including categories for apps and games playable on tablets, Wear OS, and Google TV, broadening the scope of possible winners.

In 2020, we saw plenty of mindfulness apps make the cut, and 2021 sees a similar outcome. This year, personalized mediation app Balance takes home Google’s top app honors. As for the top game, Pokémon Unite is the company’s title of choice. Canva and Calm took home the Best for Tablets and Best for Wear titles, respectively, while Disney Plus, ESPN, and Tubi claimed “popular on Google TV” medals.

As is tradition, Google also asked the public to vote on their favorite apps and games in 2021. Paramount Plus gained the public’s plaudits, while Pokémon Unite scored another no from fans.

You can have a look at the complete list of Google Play’s Best of 2021 winners below.


Google Play’s Best Apps of 2021

Best app

Best apps for good

Best everyday essentials

Best for fun

Best hidden gems

Best for personal growth

Best for tablets

Best for Wear

Popular on Google TV


Google Play’s Best Games of 2021


Do you agree with Google’s best apps and games for 2021? What were your favorite utilities and titles this year? Let us know in a comment below.