The twelve categories span from best VR experience to standout indie, with a general criteria for the awards requiring that the app launched or received a major update in the past year. Other requirements include a high star rating and technical performance, in addition to more specific criteria for each category:
Nominees were selected much like last year by cross-functional teams throughout Google who work hand-in-hand with the relevant categories and product areas.
The “Best Experience” category covers what developers are doing with TV (won by Red Bull TV), AR (Woorld), VR (Virtual Virtual Reality), and Android Wear (Runtastic). The latter two apps take advantage of Daydream and Wear 2.0, respectively.