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Google on Tuesday continued its trend of announcing the winners of the Google Play Best of 2021 awards in India that are dedicated to apps and games listed on Android's official app store. The search giant named Bitclass — the app enabling cohort-based learning — as the ‘Best App of 2021', while the battle royale game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) has been picked as the ‘Best Game of 2021'. Google also announced the audio app Clubhouse as the Users' Choice App of 2021 on the basis of user votes.
Developed by Bengaluru-based entrepreneurs, Bitclass has been chosen as the Best App of the year in India by Google Play editors. Google said that the app indicates “the emergence of a digital learning culture in India fuelled by innovative localised solutions.”
Bitclass offers a variety of online classes ranging from baking and dancing to personal finance and theatre acting. These classes are available in both free and paid versions.
“In India, once again, we saw a diverse range of apps help people across the country with relevant – and often unique – solutions to their daily needs. This year, we saw a distinctive rise in e-learning, with many winners finding creative ways to help India learn a range of skills online, be it mastering a passion through celebrity-led virtual classes with FrontRow, or using AI to scale student learning outcomes with Embibe,” said Brett Bouchard, Global Head of Editorial, Google Play in a blog post.
FrontRow has been titled as one of the ‘Best Apps for Fun' of 2021, while Embibe is named among this year's ‘Best Apps for Personal Growth'.
Google has also this year announced the best apps for tablets and wearables. In India, Houzz, Canva, and Concepts: Sketch, Note, Draw are the three ‘Best Apps for Tablets' of 2021, whereas My Fitness Pal, Calm, and Sleep Cycle: Sleep Analysis & Smart Alarm Clock are titled the ‘Best Apps for Wear'.
As the pandemic has continued the push for health and well-being among Android users in India, Google has picked Jumping Minds as one of the ‘Best Hidden Gems', Evergreen Club as well as Being among the ‘Best Apps for Good', and Sarva yoga app among the ‘Best Apps for Everyday Essentials' this year.
Earlier this month, Google kicked off the Google Play Users' Choice Award 2021 and has declared Clubhouse as the ‘Users' Choice App of 2021' in India. The achievement shows the country's rising fondness for voice and audio-based platforms, the Android maker said.
You can look at all the apps that are awarded among the Best Apps of 2021 by Google by visiting its dedicated section on Google Play. Here's the list.
Best App of 2021 (India)
Best Apps for Fun
Best Apps for Everyday Essentials
Best Apps for Personal Growth
Best Hidden Gems
Best Apps for Good
Best Apps for Tablets
Best Apps for Wear
On the gaming front, Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) from Krafton has been awarded as the ‘Best Game' of the year in India, while Garena Free Fire Max has been named as the ‘Users' Choice Game' of the year.
“Gaming continued to gain significant interest in India, with many across the country enjoying a range of thrilling and imaginative gaming experiences,” Bouchard said.
Just like the case of best apps, Google has this time introduced ‘Best Games for Tablets' to highlight tablet-focussed games. Chicken Police, My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge, and Overboard! are amongst the ‘Best Games for Tablets' of the year in India.
Best Game of 2021 (India)
Best Competitive Games
Best Game Changers
Best Indie Games
Best Pick Up & Play
Best Games for Tablets
It is important to point out that winners of Google's best apps and games on Google Play differ across regions. This means that the ones you have in India are not available with the same title in other markets.
In the US, Google called Balance as the ‘Best App of the year' and Pokemon Unite as the ‘Best Game of the year'.
Google said that the Google Play's Best of winners globally represent “the gold standard” in app and game development. The company also claimed that it selected the winners across the developer ecosystem “to reinforce that a great app or game can come from anywhere, whether you're a large or a rising developer.”
However, it is worth mentioning that the selection of these best apps and games is at the discretion of Google Play editors, except the case of ‘Users' Choice' titles that are picked on the basis of user votes.
Google told Gadgets 360 that Google Play's editorial team selected the Best of 2021 winners after taking into consideration new apps and games with high quality and high user ratings, as well as unique use cases.
Last year, Google announced Sleep Meditation for Calm Sleep by Wysa as the ‘Best App' of the year and Legends of Runeterra as the ‘Best Game' of the year in India.