Apple and Google Announce Best Apps and Games of 2023
Both Apple and Google have unveiled their selections for the best apps and games of the year 2023. These annual awards serve not only to recognize outstanding apps and games but also to provide insights into trends, preferences, and notable achievements within the app marketplaces.
Apple’s iPhone App of the Year: AllTrails
Apple awarded AllTrails, the hiking and biking companion, as the iPhone App of the Year. This choice reflects a departure from the trend of highlighting new or technologically innovative apps, as AllTrails is recognized for its well-built and well-designed mobile companion. Other finalists included Duolingo and Flighty.
Game of the Year: Honkai: Star Rail
Both Apple and Google agreed on their Game of the Year, selecting Honkai: Star Rail as the winner. This game received recognition for its excellence on both platforms, emphasizing its popularity and impact on mobile gaming.
AI Apps Omitted from Top Picks
Notably, neither Apple nor Google chose an AI app as their respective App of the Year, despite the notable success of apps like ChatGPT. This decision raises questions, especially considering ChatGPT’s rapid growth and Instagram Threads surpassing 100 million users within five days.
Apple’s Cultural Impact Winners
Apple’s Cultural Impact winners included various apps that contributed positively to culture. Surprisingly, no AI app was recognized in this category. Instead, winners included the children’s gaming app Pok Pok, accessibility app Proloquo, food waste minimizer Too Good To Go, puzzle app Unpacking, and hidden-object game Finding Hannah.
Google’s Approach and Multi-Device Apps
Google took a different approach by highlighting “multi-device” apps. Spotify was named the best multi-device app, emphasizing its accessibility across different platforms. Google’s overall winners included ChatGPT as the User’s Choice App of the Year and Honkai: Star Rail as the User’s Choice Game of the Year.
Individual Accolades and Honorable Mentions
Both companies recognized various apps with individual accolades, such as Best App for Fun, Best for Personal Growth, and Best Everyday Essential. Honorable mentions were also given to apps that didn’t win their categories, showcasing a diverse range of noteworthy applications.
Impact of AI and Trend of the Year
While AI apps were not crowned top winners, Apple acknowledged generative AI as the “Trend of the Year.” Apple showcased a collection of generative AI apps, recognizing the impact and influence of this technology in the app landscape.
Conclusion and Future Expectations
The best apps and games of the year reflect the evolving landscape of mobile applications, user preferences, and emerging trends. As the industry continues to advance, the role of AI in shaping app experiences remains significant, even if not explicitly highlighted in the top picks. The awards provide a snapshot of the current state of app marketplaces and offer users insights into standout applications that enhance their digital experiences.