We’ve seen several rapid smartphone application trends this year ranging from hunting for fictional creatures around the globe on Pokemon Go, turning surreal selfies into art through Prisma, and a whole lot more. To highlight the leading titles and continuing their tradition, Google has officiated the “Best 0f 2016” list revealing the top trending content on the Play store. The list also outlines the most streamed movies, songs, and even, books.


However, the results disclose that Android users aren’t particularly installing the best titles and as a result, there are some bizarre entries too in terms of sheer download numbers. While globally, “Face Changer 2” leads, “BeautyPlus Me – Perfect Camera” is the front-runner in India. As expected, “Pokemon Go” is the most trending game followed by the multiplayer behemoth, “Clash Royale” that is actually the best game of the year according to Google. It is also worth noting that Indians have acclaimed Google’s efforts to make its video-calling service work efficiently on slow networks as “Duo” stands third in the country. Additionally, Prisma has been crowned as the best app of 2016. Here’s the rest of the list

Top trending apps of 2016

Top trending games of 2016

Top trending apps of 2016 in India

Top trending games of 2016 in India

Furthermore, Google has also categorised apps based on various properties such as, here are the leaders among them,


Most Competitive: DC Legends

Most Innovative: The Trail

Best Indie: Mekorama

Most Exhilarating: FIFA Mobile Football

Most Irresistible: Little Big City 2


Best Family: Disney Magic Kingdom


Most Innovative: Contacts Phone Dialer: drupe

Most Share-Worthy: Boomerang from Instagram

Most Beautiful: Colorfy – Coloring Book

Made in India: Indian Rail Train PNR Status

Most Entertaining: MSQRD

Best Self-Improvement: U Dictionary (English offline)

Google, as a bonus, is also offering a 50% discount off any one movie if you own a Chromecast device.

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