Google Play app award winners revealed ahead of I/O

Developers faced stiff competition this year, according to Google.

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Google announces its developer awards.


To kick off its I/O developer conference on Tuesday, Google has announced the winners of its fourth annual contest for  Google Play  apps. App developers vied in nine categories, according to Google

Here's a list of the first-place winners:

Standout well-being app

Woebot: Your Self-care Expert
Developer: Woebot Labs

Best Accessibility Experience

Envision AI
Developer: Envision Technologies BV

Best Social Impact

Developer: Wisdo

Most Beautiful Game

Shadowgun Legends
Developer: Madfinger Games

Best Living Room Experience

Neverthink: Handpicked Videos
Developer: Neverthink

Most Inventive

Tick Tock: A Tale of Two
Developer Other Tales Interactive

Standout Build for Billions Experience

Canva: Graphic Design & Logo, Flyer, Poster Maker
Developer: Canva

Best Breakthrough App

Developer: Slowly Communications

Best Breakthrough Game

Marvel Strike Force
Developer: FoxNext Games

Google's I/O developer conference starts at 10 a.m. PT at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The tech giant is expected to discuss its latest efforts around  Android QPixel phonesGoogle Assistant and Nest and smart home devices.

Originally published May 7 at 6:20 a.m. PT.
Update, 6:28 a.m.: Added details about Google I/O.

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