Google Playhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/Google Playen-usThu, 27 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Google_Play_Prism.max-100x100.pngGoogle Playhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/Offers on Google Play: a new destination to find great dealshttps://blog.google/products/google-play/offers-google-play-new-destination-find-great-deals/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Since 2012, Google Play has been a one-stop shop for discovering and enjoying your favorite apps, games and digital content. This week we’re launching “Offers” — a new tab in the Google Play Store app to help you discover deals in games and apps across travel, shopping, media &amp; entertainment, fitness, and more. The rollout is underway and it will be available to more people in the United States, India and Indonesia over the coming weeks, and more countries later in 2022.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Sections like “Offers for apps you might like” help you easily find deals that are relevant to you. We’re partnering with developers of some of the top apps and games on Google Play to add new, fresh deals every day. As Allison Boyd of Strava explains, “Offers is a win-win. We get an additional touchpoint with people to share information about a valuable promotion or update, and people can easily redeem the offer by opening the Strava app from the Offers tab.”</p><p></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Find limited time deals, in-app rewards and more</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Here are a few of the deal types that you can expect to find over time:</p><ul><li><b>Sales on games and in-game items</b>: find limited-time deals on magic orbs, tokens, and more.</li><li><b>Rewards and bundled offers</b>: see what apps are offering you free delivery, free rides, and other rewards.</li><li><b>Discounts on movies and books</b>: find the latest sales on movies and books to rent or buy.</li><li><b>Try something new</b>: browse apps that are offering 30 days free, and other extended trials at no cost.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>When you see Offers in the bottom bar of the Google Play Store app on your Android mobile device, be sure to check it out.</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 27 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/offers-google-play-new-destination-find-great-deals/Google PlayarticleOffers on Google Play: a new destination to find great dealsOffers is a new destination on Google Play to find great offers and limited-time deals in games and appshttps://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Play_Offer_Blog_Post_10_2.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/offers-google-play-new-destination-find-great-deals/David WinerProduct Manager, Google PlayHow to sustain a safe, thriving app and game ecosystemhttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/how-sustain-safe-thriving-app-and-game-ecosystem/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>There have been a lot of discussions globally about how mobile ecosystems and app stores operate, and the role good policy plays in ensuring that these platforms provide ample choice and flexibility for developers and users. We have been following these discussions closely and agree that policies in this space should be guided by foundational principles that spur innovation, maintain security and expand user choice across the ecosystem, whether on mobile, desktop or gaming consoles.</p><p>It’s our belief that operating systems and app stores should:</p><ul><li>Let consumers download apps and games from anywhere — operating systems should support multiple app stores and allow consumers to get apps and games directly from developers.</li><li>Keep consumers safe by building protections into the core operating system and requiring app stores and developers to follow high safety standards.</li><li>Avoid using non-public data about developers to build competing products and services.</li><li>Be upfront with developers about the rules of the road, enforce policies in a predictable way, work with developers to address problems and offer clear means of appeal and redress when issues arise.</li><li>Permit developers to build direct customer relationships, with reasonable safeguards to protect consumer safety.</li></ul><p>These principles have roots in our work in the early days of mobile, when we made an unprecedented bet that a free, open-source operating system like Android, built with safety and choice at its core, would be good for developers and consumers and could support the growth of the entire smartphone ecosystem. At the time, there were many different business model options to support a platform — some charged licensing fees for their operating system, others sold high-margin hardware devices. We chose to do things differently by making our operating system and app store free, with minimal restrictions.</p><p>We also believe that operating systems and app stores should have a business model that enables both platforms and developers to succeed financially. Just as it costs money to build an app, it costs money to build a platform, and a platform’s business model should align its success with developers’ success.</p><p>Over the years we’ve made a significant investment in Android and Google Play, and like any business, we need a business model that lets us keep investing in our mobile efforts. Today, Android is used on tens of thousands of device models from smartphone companies around the world and more than two million developers use Google Play to reach more than 2.5 billion users in 190 countries.</p><p>We’ve been able to sustain Android and Google Play through a fee paid by developers who sell in-app digital content, which is a common model across technology platforms. Ninety-seven percent of developers globally don’t sell digital content and are not subject to a service fee. For developers who do sell digital content, we recognize that one size doesn't fit all, and we’ve evolved our business based on feedback from our developer ecosystem. We've tailored our fee structure with a number of programs to meet different businesses' needs. With the <a href="https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2021/10/evolving-business-model.html">new programs</a> we announced this year, 99% of developers globally qualify for a service fee of 15% or less, and developers have welcomed these changes.</p><p>App and game platforms need to balance consumers’ expectations of choice and safety, developers’ desire to innovate and grow, and their own need for a viable business model. We look forward to contributing to the public policy conversation, guided by our steadfast commitment to building thriving, open platforms that empower consumers and help developers succeed.</p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 10 Dec 2021 22:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/how-sustain-safe-thriving-app-and-game-ecosystem/Public PolicyGoogle PlayarticleHow to sustain a safe, thriving app and game ecosystemPolicy around app stores should be guided by a few common-sense principles that drive innovation, maintain security and expand user choice.Googlehttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/how-sustain-safe-thriving-app-and-game-ecosystem/Kareem GhanemDirectorPublic PolicyGoogle Play’s Best of 2021https://blog.google/products/google-play/google-plays-best-of-2021/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Today, we announced the winners of <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2021_xfn_web">Google Play’s Best of 2021</a>, a celebration of apps and games that made positive contributions to culture this year. And to encourage innovation across Google Play, we’ve expanded this year’s awards to apps and games on tablets, plus apps on Wear OS and Google TV. By challenging the norm, introducing unique gameplay features and giving users never-before-seen experiences, Google Play’s Best of winners represent what’s next in app and game development.</p><p>Similar to our <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/2020-best-apps-games/">Best of 2020 winners</a>, apps focused on personal growth were in high demand in 2021. This year’s winners found creative, and often meditative, ways to help users get to know themselves on a deeper level. <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elevatelabs.geonosis">Balance,</a> which earned our Best App of 2021 award, encourages people to find their center through personalized meditations; <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moonly.android">Moonly</a> provides tips and guidance based on the lunar calendar; and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.launchpad.laughscape">Laughscape</a> helps people reach a meditative state through laughter.</p><p>"We are deeply honored that Google chose Balance as its Best App of 2021,” says Jesse Pickard, Founder and CEO at Elevate Labs. “We built Balance with the individual in mind. No two people are the same, and we wanted to create a personalized mental wellness program that could reflect and support those special differences. I also want to thank our customers for their help in our journey. Your engagement and feedback has allowed us to build a truly wonderful product together."</p><p>Meanwhile, in gaming, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pokemon.pokemonunite">Pokémon UNITE</a> won Best Game for its dynamic gameplay and cross-platform experience. We also saw a surge of independent developers creating imaginative and personal gaming experiences. Indie developer George Batchelor brought us <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GeorgeBatchelor.BirdAlone">Bird Alone</a>, a game that challenges you to become friends with the “loneliest bird in the world.” And in <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.annapurnainteractive.DonutCounty">Donut County</a>, developed by Annapurna Interactive, you play as a growing hole in a physics-based puzzle game.</p><p>Check out the full list of this year’s U.S. winners below, ranging from large developers to up-and-coming indies. You can also find your specific country’s winners in the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2021_xfn_web">Best of 2021 section of the Play Store</a>.</p><p></p><p><b>Users’ Choice 2021</b></p><ul><li>App: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cbs.app">Paramount+</a></li><li>Game: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dts.freefiremax">Garena Free Fire MAX</a></li></ul><p><b>Best App</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elevatelabs.geonosis">Balance</a></li></ul><p><b>Best Game</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pokemon.pokemonunite">Pokémon UNITE</a></li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Best of app winners</h3><p><b>Best Apps for Good</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.empathy.companion">Empathy</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mentorspaces">Mentor Spaces</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cliffweitzman.speechify2">Speechify</a></li></ul><p><b>Best Everyday Essentials</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.conceptivapps.blossom">Blossom</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photoroom.app">PhotoRoom</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blu.rabito">Rabit</a></li></ul><p><b>Best for Fun</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clubhouse.app">Clubhouse</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.theedo.noobly">Noobly</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anthillinc.whatifi.app">Whatifi</a></li></ul><p><b>Best Hidden Gems</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.launchpad.laughscape">Laughscape</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fm.app.moonbeam">Moonbeam</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moonly.android">Moonly</a></li></ul><p><b>Best for Personal Growth</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elevatelabs.geonosis">Balance</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clementine.clementineapp">Clementine</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uptime">Uptime</a></li></ul><p><b>Best for Tablets</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.canva.editor">Canva</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tophatch.concepts">Concepts</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.houzz.app">Houzz</a></li></ul><p><b>Best for Wear</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calm.android">Calm</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android">MyFitnessPal</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northcube.sleepcycle">Sleep Cycle</a></li></ul><p><b>Popular on Google TV</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.disneyplus">Disney+</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.espn.score_center">ESPN</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubitv">Tubi</a></li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Best of game winners</h3><p><b>Best Competitive</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riotgames.league.wildrift">League of Legends: Wild Rift</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netmarble.marvelfr">MARVEL Future Revolution</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pokemon.pokemonunite">Pokémon UNITE</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.huuuge.rh.archer.hero">Rogue Land</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wildlifestudios.free.online.games.suspects">Suspects: Mystery Mansion</a></li></ul><p><b>Best Game Changers</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.somniumgames.inked">Inked</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.humita.jankenup">JanKenUP!</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=egamebook.com.flutteregamebook">Knights of San Francisco</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.InkleLtd.Overboard">Overboard!</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.miHoYo.tot.glb">Tears of Themis</a></li></ul><p><b>Best Indies</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomorrowcorporation.sevenbillionhumans">7 Billion Humans</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GeorgeBatchelor.BirdAlone">Bird Alone</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.annapurnainteractive.DonutCounty">Donut County</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devolverdigital.myfriendpedro">My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appsir.puzzlingpeaksgame">Puzzling Peaks EXE</a></li></ul><p><b>Best Pick Up &amp; Play</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinestudio.buildings">Cats in Time</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.crash">Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jamcity.joy_goo">Disney POP TOWN</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.wooga.switchcraft.googleplay">Switchcraft</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joxdev.towers">Towers</a></li></ul><p><b>Best for Tablets</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hg.chickenpolice">Chicken Police — Paint it RED!</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riotgames.league.wildrift">League of Legends: Wild Rift</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devolverdigital.myfriendpedro">My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.InkleLtd.Overboard">Overboard!</a></li><li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.JoeRichardson.TheProcessionToCalvary">The Procession to Calvary</a></li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Congratulations again to all of our <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2021_xfn_web">Best of winners</a>, and a special thanks to our Google Play community for their participation and support. We look forward to seeing what you build next year.</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 29 Nov 2021 15:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/google-plays-best-of-2021/Google PlayarticleGoogle Play’s Best of 2021Google Play announces their annual Best Of awards for the best of 2021’s apps, games and more.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/best_of_2021-blog_header-01.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/google-plays-best-of-2021/Brett BouchardGlobal Head of EditorialGoogle PlayGet the new Pixel and more, with Pixel Passhttps://blog.google/products/pixel/introducing-pixel-pass/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Today, we introduced the new <a href="http://blog.google/products/pixel/meet-pixel-6-pixel-6-pro">Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro</a>, and we’re also announcing a whole new way to get them. Pixel Pass brings together the latest Pixel phone with Google’s best mobile services, device protection and regular device upgrades — all in one easy subscription.</p><p>Pixel Pass is $45 per month for the Pixel 6 and $55 per month for the Pixel 6 Pro. With both Pixel Pass plans, you’ll get the most personal and helpful phone we’ve ever created, combined with the best of Google services to get the most out of your new device. That includes:</p><ul><li>YouTube Premium for ad-free watching and background play while using other apps</li><li>YouTube Music Premium for ad-free, uninterrupted listening</li><li>Google One with 200 GB of safe, reliable cloud storage for full resolution photos and videos, Google Store discounts, automatic phone backup and more</li><li>Google Play Pass with access to hundreds of games and apps completely free of ads and in-app purchases</li><li>Preferred Care coverage to cover life’s little accidents with hassle-free device repairs</li></ul><p>You can subscribe to Pixel Pass on the <a href="https://store.google.com/product/pixel_pass?utm_source=gblog&amp;utm_medium=google_oo&amp;utm_campaign=GS106917">Google Store</a> or with a phone plan on <a href="https://fi.google.com/about/pixel-pass?utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_source=google_blog&amp;utm_campaign=pixelpass&amp;utm_content=20211019_pixel-pass">Google Fi</a>. When you subscribe to Pixel Pass on the Google Store, you save up to $294 over two years. Plus, your Pixel phone is unlocked, so it works with all major carriers. And if you subscribe through Google Fi with a phone plan, you can save an additional $5 off your monthly Fi plan, totaling up to $414 in savings over two years.</p><p>Once you’re subscribed to Pixel Pass, you can manage everything in one place and pay with just one low monthly bill. And if you try it out and it’s just not right for you, you can cancel anytime — just pay off the remaining value of your Pixel phone at regular price.</p><p><a href="http://g.co/pixelpass/tos">Pixel Pass</a> with Pixel 6 is available for pre-order today in the U.S. starting at $45 per month on <a href="https://store.google.com/product/pixel_pass?utm_source=gblog&amp;utm_medium=google_oo&amp;utm_campaign=GS106917">Google Store</a> or <a href="https://fi.google.com/about/pixel-pass?utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_source=google_blog&amp;utm_campaign=pixelpass&amp;utm_content=20211019_pixel-pass">Google Fi</a>.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/pixel/introducing-pixel-pass/Google OneGoogle PlayYouTubePixelarticleGet the new Pixel and more, with Pixel PassIntroducing Pixel Pass, one easy subscription that brings together Pixel and Google services like never before.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Pixel_6_Hero_1.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/pixel/introducing-pixel-pass/Chris BreithauptProduct ManagerQuicksave: Celebrating two years of Play Passhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-celebrating-two-years-play-pass/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/pass?pcampaignid=MKT-AC-global-none-0000000-OO-pr-gm-playpass-Jan0121-Other-QS_Keyword">Play Pass</a> launched two years ago to offer a new way to experience Google Play. Subscribers have enjoyed all-you-can-play access to hundreds of games and apps, completely free of ads or in-app purchases, with new titles added monthly. And we’ve been pretty busy since then. Play Pass is now available in 90+ countries and after launching with 350+ titles, we’ve added nearly 600 more to make your subscription even better with new content to discover every month. This includes 100+ teacher-approved titles, giving parents and kids access to great games and learning apps completely free of ads or in-app purchases.</p><p>To celebrate the past two years, we’re highlighting 10 titles we think best show what Play Pass has to offer. If you want to keep the party going, you can dive into our full catalog of 950+ titles, and check out the new additions every month.<br/><br/></p><h3>10 titles we ❤️</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Very Little Nightmares mobile puzzle adventure game image with a cute and creepy universe to explore" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/very-little-nightmares.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Very Little Nightmares</b></p><p>Explore this cute and creepy mobile puzzle adventure game.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$6.99</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Help the girl in the yellow raincoat escape a mansion full of different fates. Explore, solve, survive and discover everything in the eerie, fun world of Very Little Nightmares.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Beach Buggy Racing mobile racing game image with race cars, karts, dune buggies, rally cars, flying skulls, fire, all on a beach." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/beach-buggy-racing.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Beach Buggy Racing</b></p><p>Check out the action-packed, surprise-filled sequel to Beach Buggy Blitz.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> Free (No in-app purchases with Google Play Pass subscription)</p><p>Drivers start your engines — and your power-ups. Beach Buggy Racing lets you pick and customize your ride so you’re ready for anything your rivals throw at you. Explore 15 different tracks with over 30 million players worldwide.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Stardew Valley open-ended farming RPG is on your mobile device with houses, farms, ponds, and animals." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/stardew-valley.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Stardew Valley</b></p><p>Start cultivating your very own farm in this award-winning, open-ended RPG.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$4.99</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Build the farm of your dreams, raise happy animals, plant your crops and reap what you’ve sown…in a good way! Stardew Valley gives you the freedom to play your way, from tending to your harvest to taking on quests, and enjoy the surprises along the way.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Football Manager 2021 Mobile with football players in purple jerseys, also soccer players, on a pitch, also a field, in front of fans ready to win." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/football-manager-2021-mobile.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Football Manager 2021 Mobile</b></p><p>You’re in control of your very own club. Now, who will lead you to glory?</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$9.99</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Develop your team, build your strategy and watch your managerial skills play out as you chase your championship with Football Manager 2021 Mobile.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Photo Studio PRO app with sharp colors and graphics including effects, manipulation, modification and design of photographs, images and pictures on your mobile device." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/photo-studio-pro.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Photo Studio PRO</b></p><p>Make each shot your perfect shot with Photo Studio PRO.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$9.99</s> Free (No in-app purchases with Google Play Pass subscription)</p><p>Powerful photo manipulation and touch-up tools fit for photographers of any skill level. Choose from effects, filters, text-editing and more ready-to-use features.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Learny Land collection of 14 educational games including Extraordinary Women, My Green City, What Were Dinosaurs Like?, What’s In The Oceans?, Code the Robot. Save the Cat, and more." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/LearnyLand_v2.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Learny Land Collection</b></p><p>Interactive educational games that help children learn about the world around them.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$2.99/app</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>With the Learny Land collection, your child can explore 14 different educational game apps focused on everything from history’s extraordinary women to coding to bugs, pirates, animals, dinosaurs and beyond. Easy to use with beautiful designs that make learning fun.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Terraria multiplayer mobile game featuring underground exploration, trees, dirt, gems, creepy things, goblins and a heroic knight in shining silver armor carrying a pickaxe and torch." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/terraria.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Terraria</b></p><p>The all-new Terraria is rebuilt for mobile from the ground up.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$4.99</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Fight for survival, fortune and glory in this massive adventure game. Dig, build and explore while taking on clever enemies in expansive worlds. How you play is up to you!</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Pocket City mobile city-building game with a view of a customizable city with roads, bridges, buildings, stores, businesses, and schools, as well as residential, commercial and industrial zones." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/pocket-city.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Pocket City</b></p><p>You’re the mayor now, dog!</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$2.99</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Build your city with no microtransactions between you and your dreams. Plan and design your city, complete quests, earn XP and unlock tons of new things like building upgrades and new terrain.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Kingdom Rush Vengeance mobile game with castles, creatures, monsters, arrows, mountains and a fantasy world filled with fun." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/kingdom-rush.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Kingdom Rush Vengeance - Tower Defense Game</b></p><p>Take on entire empires and clash with the biggest bosses.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$4.99</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Show the Kingdom who’s the real boss with 13 powerful heroes at your command, new towers plus dozens of upgrades, enemies, trinkets, collectibles and otherworldly loot to discover along the way.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="The Escapists 2: Pocket Breakout mobile game featuring a jailbreak with four different cartoon characters escaping a prison while solving puzzles and avoiding capture." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/the-escapists-2.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>The Escapists 2: Pocket Breakout</b></p><p>The hilariously thrilling sandbox strategy game is back.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <s>$6.99</s> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Decide how to run your life on the inside as you plan your big breakout. Collect information and items, craft your tools and bust up whoever gets in your way…or just bribe them.<br/><br/></p><h3>No need for FOMO: Check out everything that’s been added since August 1, 2021</h3><p><b>Action</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aceviral.petrun">Pet Run - Puppy Dog Game</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fireart.SpiritRootsP">Spirit Roots</a></p><p><b>Adventure</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buffstudio.argo.choice.visual.novel.adventure.story.games">Argo's Choice: Offline Visual Novel Adventure Game</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.absolutist.bathory">Bathory - The Bloody Countess</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.creativemobile.beholder">Beholder</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alawar.beholder2">Beholder 2</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alawar.monkeysfulll">Do Not Feed The Monkeys</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lazyturtlegames.hiddencityadventure">Hidden City Adventure</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Pixelatto.Reventure">Reventure</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FireArt.Tohu">TOHU</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.bandainamcoent.verylittlenightmares">Very Little Nightmares</a></p><p><b>Arcade</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brainconnected.PortalDogsGame">Portal Dogs</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.donutgames.ratonaskateboard">Rat On A Skateboard</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobirix.s1945iii_gg">STRIKERS 1999</a></p><p><b>Board</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.lukok.draughts">Draughts</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handelabra.OneDeckDungeon">One Deck Dungeon</a></p><p><b>Books and Reference</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxandsheep.nightynight">Nighty Night - Bedtime Story</a></p><p><b>Card</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jdsoftwarellc.cribbage">Cribbage JD</a></p><p><b>Casual</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.budgestudios.googleplay.DCSuperHeroGirls">DC Super Hero Girls Blitz</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easygame.marblelegendpay">Marble Legend Pro</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bubadu.petshairsalon">Pets Hair Salon</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.fukuya_en">Pocket Clothier</a></p><p><b>Educational</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamesmdv.garage">Garage Master</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peppapig.holiday">Peppa Pig: Holiday</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.groplay.alfons123">Play 123, Alfie Atkins</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.minimango.games.letters.numbers">Troy the Letters &amp; Numbers Train: Preschool Lesson</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playtoddlers.urbancitystories.free">Urban City Stories</a></p><p><b>Entertainment</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxandsheep.hospital">Little Hospital</a></p><p><b>Health and Fitness</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rootd">Rootd - Panic Attack &amp; Anxiety Relief</a></p><p><b>Parenting</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evoprox.morningroutines">Happy Kids Timer Morning &amp; Evening Routine Chores</a></p><p><b>Personalization</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.emoji.store">Emoji store</a></p><p><b>Puzzle</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accidentalqueens.altfrequenciesandroid">Alt-Frequencies</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodsofttech.puzzlesforkids">Bob - Puzzle games for kids, free jigsaw puzzles</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cosmicexpressgame">Cosmic Express</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.doors2">Doors: Origins</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.escapeloganestate">Escape Logan Estate</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mousecity.escapemachinecity">Escape Machine City</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.faraway4">Faraway 4: Ancient Escape</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.escapefunkyisland">Escape Funky Island</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.faraway6">Faraway: Galactic Escape</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.faraway5">Faraway: Tropic Escape</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nosignalproductions.legacyhidden">Legacy 3 - The Hidden Relic</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.mindsweeper">Mindsweeper: Puzzle Adventure</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rikudogames.numblocks">Number Blocks Puzzles</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.leodesol.games.puzzlecollection">Puzzlerama - Lines, Dots, Blocks, Pipes &amp; more!</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sidking.sarkwo">SARKWO</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.throughabandoned">Through Abandoned</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.tinyrobots">Tiny Robots Recharged</a></p><p><b>Racing</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vectorunit.purple.googleplay">Beach Buggy Racing</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smokoko.careatscar3">Car Eats Car 3 - Hill Climb Chase Race</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ratrodstudio.streetoutlaws">Drift Mania: Street Outlaws Pro</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.outofthebit.superarcaderacing">Super Arcade Racing</a></p><p><b>Roleplaying</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.WaveLightGames.HyenaSquad">Hyena Squad</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nobstudio.chengshuwan.prisonLifeRPG">Prison Life RPG</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.WaveLightGames.ShieldwallChronicles">Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yym.theletter">The Letter - Scary Horror Choice Visual Novel Game</a></p><p><b>Strategy</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xigmaGames.thebonfire2">The Bonfire 2: Uncharted Shores Survival Adventure</a></p><p><b>Simulation</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.bokujou_en">8-Bit Farm</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.infinity.railways">Railways</a></p><p><b>Sports</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ratrodstudio.mikevskatepartylite">Mike V: Skateboard Party</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ratrodstudio.skateparty3lite">Skateboard Party 3</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skateboard.skatejam">Skate Jam - Pro Skateboarding</a></p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 06 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-celebrating-two-years-play-pass/Google PlayarticleQuicksave: Celebrating two years of Play PassLearn about the latest updates to Google Play Pass, your ticket to hundreds of awesome games and apps, with this Quicksave.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/PlayPass2yr_v3.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-celebrating-two-years-play-pass/James KavanaghPlay Pass Content LeadCheck out the highlights from the Indie Games Festivalhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/check-out-highlights-indie-games-festival/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Every year Google Play, hosts the <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-google-play/">Indie Games Festival</a>, a competition that rewards high quality indie games with promotional opportunities and supports small mobile games developers. We also host the <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-accelerator-2021/">Indie Games Accelerator</a>, an educational and mentorship program to help high potential studios grow their business. </p><p>Last weekend, some of the best indie game creators from Europe, South Korea and Japan, as well as players from around the world, got together at the Festival’s finals. At this <a href="https://adventure.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival/">interactive virtual event</a>, players had the chance to discover these creative games, meet the people who made them and had a lot of fun exploring, collecting swag and cheering on their favorites. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We also revealed the Top 10 finalists and Festival winners in each region, as well as the studios  selected to join the Indie Games Accelerator class of 2021.</p><p>Without further ado, here are the winners!</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Indie Games Festival Winners </h2><h3><a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-europe-2021/">Europe</a></h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Indie Games Festival - Winners | Europe. The 3 winning games have a graphic from their game featured on this banner. Blobby is seen with a party popper that is shooting out paper streamers in celebration of the winners." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Festival_winners_class_Announcement_Android-Developers-Blog_image_promote_.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GeorgeBatchelor.BirdAlone">Bird Alone</a> by George Batchelor, United Kingdom<br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinestudio.buildings">Cats in Time</a> by Pine Studio, Croatia<br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.itatake.gumslinger">Gumslinger</a> by Itatake, Sweden</p><h3><br/></h3><h3>Korea</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Indie Games Festival - Winners | South Korea. The 3 winning games have a graphic from their game featured on this banner. Blobby is seen with a party popper that is shooting out paper streamers in celebration of the winners." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Festival_winners_class_Announcement_Android-Developers-Blog_image_promot_EV7Pjz3.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hidea.cat&amp;hl=en">CATS &amp; SOUP</a> by HIDEA<br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.concode.p3&amp;hl=en">Rush Hour Rally</a> by Soen Games<br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.concode.p3&amp;hl=en">The Way Home</a> by CONCODE</p><p>Users’ Choice aware: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.funnyeve.arcade&amp;hl=en">Animal Doll Shop</a> by Funnyeve</p><p></p><h3><b><br/></b></h3><h3>Japan</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Indie Games Festival - Winners | Japan. The 3 winning games have a graphic from their game featured on this banner. Blobby is seen with a party popper that is shooting out paper streamers in celebration of the winners." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Festival_winners_class_Announcement_Android-Developers-Blog_image_promot_CkSadnH.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rpgsnack.apartmenteden">Mousebusters</a> by Odencat<br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.github.ruccho.qtransport">Quantum Transport</a> by ruccho<br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amisogumi.Survivors_guilt">Survivor's guilt</a> by aso<br/>Student Category Award: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.HAKOT.OneMan2">Japanese Train Drive Simulator 2 "OneMan2"</a> by HAKOT</p><p></p>Also check out the top 10 finalists in <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-europe-2021/finalists/#content">Europe</a>, <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-korea-2021/2021-top-10/#content">South Korea</a> and <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-2021-japan/">Japan</a>.</div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2><br/></h2><h2>Indie Games Accelerator Class of 2021</h2><h3>Americas </h3><ul><li><p>Aoca Game Lab, Brazil</p></li><li><p>Berimbau Game Studio, Brazil</p></li><li><p>Boomware Studio, Peru</p></li><li><p>Concrete Software, USA</p></li><li><p>Delotech Games, Brazil</p></li><li><p>DreamCraft Entertainment, Inc., USA</p></li><li><p>Ingames, Argentina</p></li><li><p>Ludare Games Group Inc., Canada</p></li><li><p>Whitethorn Games, USA</p></li></ul><h3>Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa</h3><ul><li><p>Cleverside Ltd, Belarus</p></li><li><p>Dali Games, Poland</p></li><li><p>Firegecko Ltd, United Kingdom</p></li><li><p>Hot Siberians, Russia</p></li><li><p>Infinity Games, Portugal</p></li><li><p>Itatake, Sweden</p></li><li><p>Jimjum Studios, Israel</p></li><li><p>LIVA Interactive, Tunisia </p></li><li><p>Pale Blue Interactive, South Africa</p></li><li><p>Pine Studio, Croatia</p></li><li><p>Platonic Games, Spain</p></li><li><p>SMOKOKO LTD, Bulgaria</p></li><li><p>Spooky House Studios, Germany</p></li></ul><h3>Asia Pacific</h3><ul><li><p>Banjiha Games, South Korea</p></li><li><p>CATS BY STUDIO, South Korea</p></li><li><p>dc1ab pte. Ltd., Singapore</p></li><li><p>Dreams &amp; Co., Thailand</p></li><li><p>Gamestacy Entertainment, India</p></li><li><p>izzle Inc., South  Korea</p></li><li><p>Limin Development and Investment Joint Stock Company, Vietnam </p></li><li><p>Mugshot Games Pty Ltd,  Australia</p></li><li><p>Odencat Inc., Japan</p></li><li><p>Playbae, India</p></li><li><p>Xigma Games, India</p></li><li><p>XOGAMES Inc., South Korea</p></li><li><p>YOMI Studio, Vietnam</p></li></ul><br/><p>Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the selected games and studios. Stay tuned for more updates on <a href="https://twitter.com/GooglePlayDev">@GooglePlayDev</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: grow-your-indie-game-help-google-play" }' href="https://blog.google/technology/developers/grow-your-indie-game-help-google-play/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Announcement_Keyword_Blog_Header_2096x1182.gif')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">Grow your indie game with help from Google Play</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">Grow your indie game with the help from Google Play. Apply by July 1st for the Indie Games Accelerator and the Indie Games Festival.</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div></body></html>Mon, 06 Sep 2021 18:27:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/check-out-highlights-indie-games-festival/Google PlayDevelopersarticleCheck out the highlights from the Indie Games FestivalSome of the best indie games from Europe, South Korea and Japan have been announced at the Indie Games Festival event.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Class_winners_V2.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/check-out-highlights-indie-games-festival/Patricia CorreaDirectorDeveloper Marketing Google PlayCheer on the finalists of our Indie Games Festivalhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/cheer-finalists-our-indie-games-festival/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>On September 4, we’re celebrating some of the best indie talent on Google Play during the Indie Games Festival finals for <a href="http://g.co/play/igf21">Europe</a>, <a href="http://g.co/indiegamesfesjp21">Japan</a> and <a href="http://g.co/play/indiegameskorea">South Korea</a>. This year the three festivals are virtual, so you can join us to discover the games, meet the developers who created them, cheer them on and be the first to hear who the winners are. </p><br/><p>In June we kicked off the Indie Games Festival – a competition to celebrate the innovation and creativity that indie developers bring to Google Play. We received thousands of submissions, showing our judges how unique and diverse our games developer community is. </p><br/><p>The panel of judges have now selected 20 games in each region – listed below – to go forward to the finals on September 4. Each finalist receives exclusive promotions and prizes that give their games the recognition they deserve. </p><br/><p>So, don’t miss out. Expect plenty of fun and some very special surprises. Sign up now to virtually attend the festivals for <a href="http://g.co/play/igf21">Europe</a>, <a href="http://g.co/indiegamesfesjp21">Japan</a> and <a href="http://g.co/play/indiegameskorea">South Korea</a>. The events are free to attend and will all take place in the same space, so sign up to one and you will be able to teleport to all events!  </p></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: grow-your-indie-game-help-google-play" }' href="https://blog.google/technology/developers/grow-your-indie-game-help-google-play/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Announcement_Keyword_Blog_Header_2096x1182.gif')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">Grow your indie game with help from Google Play</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">Grow your indie game with the help from Google Play. Apply by July 1st for the Indie Games Accelerator and the Indie Games Festival.</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Blobby, the Indie Games Festival mascot, is standing up on a stage with a microphone to announce the finalists of the Europe competition. All finalist icons are on the banner." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Festival_Finalists_KeywordBlog_Icons_EU_12.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3><a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-europe-2021/">Europe</a></h3><br/><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.naturalpad.beatworkers">Beat Workers</a> by NaturalPad Games, France</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GeorgeBatchelor.BirdAlone">Bird Alone</a> by George Batchelor, United Kingdom</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinestudio.buildings">Cats in Time</a> by Pine Studio, Croatia</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bedtime.figment&amp;hl=en&amp;gl=US">Figment</a> by Bedtime Digital Games, Denmark</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Jimjum.Froglike">Froglike: The Frog Roguelike</a> by Jimjum Studios, Israel</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=beer.push">Garson</a> by Anastasiya Shabunia, Belarus</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.itatake.gumslinger">Gumslinger</a> by Itatake, Sweden</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Emoak.Lyxo&amp;hl=en&amp;gl=US">Lyxo</a> by Emoak, Austria</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tommysoereide.psychofunk">Psychofunk</a> by Tommy Søreide Kjær, Norway</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.infinity.railways">Railways</a> by Infinity Games, Portugal</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.kamibox.stickyterms&amp;hl=de&amp;gl=US">Sticky Terms</a> by kamibox, Germany</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.platonicgames.sweetsins2">Sweet Sins Superstars</a> by Platonic Games, Spain</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.tinyrobots">Tiny Robots Recharged</a> by Big Loop Studios, Bulgaria</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roachgames.tofudrifter">Tofu Drifter</a> by Roach Games, Russia</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joxdev.towers">Towers</a> by JOX Development, Ukraine</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=games.dali.adventure.neighborhood.unholy">Unholy Adventure</a> by Dali Games, Poland</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.DL.war.planes.inc.torpedo.bomber.fighter.aircraft.ww2">Warplane Inc</a> by Nuclear Games, Russia</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ultaangames.watchmestreammymentalbreakdown.en">Watch Me Stream My Mental Breakdown</a> by Ultaan Games, Poland</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.CHPVgames.woof&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Woof: The Good Boy Story by CHPV.GAMES</a>, Russia</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eighthbitlab.symmetry">Zen Symmetry</a> by 8tbl, Russia</p><br/>Sign up to attend the <a href="http://g.co/play/igf21">European finals</a>.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Blobby, the Indie Games Festival mascot, is standing up on a stage with a microphone to announce the finalists of the Japan competition. All finalist icons are on the banner." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Festival_Finalists_KeywordBlog_Icons_JP_12.max-1000x1000_CEuHmit.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3><a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-2021-japan/">Japan</a></h3><br/><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.curiouspark.NoccaNoccaProd">3D Chess: NOCCA NOCCA</a> by Curiouspark, Inc.</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unity3d.neito&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=UShttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unity3d.neito&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">5colors in Nate</a> by NekodoraSoft</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=okinawa.harapeco.amabieSama&amp;hl=ja">Amabie san</a> by HARAPECORPORATION Inc.</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pop.arrowbattleonline">Archer Battle Online</a> by Takuya Fujieda</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.RandomWalker.CthluhuDream&amp;hl=ja&amp;gl=US">Cthulhu DreamStairs</a> by Tenyu</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elabo.ElectoriarCode">ElectriarCode</a> by ELECTRIAR LABO / Blue</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Hanachiru.ClosedCircle">Escape from the Closed Circle</a> by Hanachiru</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.zenapp.sengokuz">Heart  of Sengoku</a> by ZEN APP</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ScreenPocket.Two">Leaving Two Tiles Dojo</a> by ScreenPocket</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.illucalab.WorldEND">Living in the Ending World</a> by illuCalab.</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sukashiuma.wakaidou.syokeininnokusabi&amp;hl=ja&amp;gl=US">MAKOTO WAKAIDO’s Case Files “Executioner’s Wedge”</a> by HafHaf-Oden (Sukashiuma-LAB)</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.coffeebreakin.app.minifarm">Mini Mini Farm</a> by CoffeeBreak</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.CGO.Monohakobi&amp;hl=ja&amp;gl=US">MonohakobiPro</a> by CGO</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rpgsnack.apartmenteden">Mousebusters</a> by Odencat</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nukenin.solitainya">Numpurr Card Wars</a> by Nukenin</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zxima.parasite">Parasite Days</a> by Zxima</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.github.ruccho.qtransport">Quantum Transport</a> by ruccho</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tinycactusstudio.sgrg">Super Glitter Rush</a> by tiny cactus studio</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amisogumi.Survivors_guilt">Survivor's guilt</a> by aso</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.baton.wolfchess&amp;hl=ja&amp;gl=US">Wolf Chess</a> by baton inc.<br/></p><p><br/></p>Sign up to attend the <a href="http://g.co/indiegamesfesjp21">Japanese finals</a>.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Blobby, the Indie Games Festival mascot, is standing up on a stage with a microphone to announce the finalists of the South Korea competition. All finalist logos are on the banner." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Festival_finalists_Announcement_Android-De.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3><a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-korea-2021/">South Korea</a></h3><br/><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alchemist.angelsaga&amp;hl=en">Angel Saga</a> by Alchemist Games Inc.</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.banjihagames.animal_poker&amp;hl=en">Animal Card Royale</a> by Banjihagames</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.funnyeve.arcade&amp;hl=en">Animal Doll Shop</a> by Funnyeve</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.plotrick.battlelive.android&amp;hl=en">BattleLive: Zombie&amp;Human</a> by PLOTRICK</p><p></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teamtape.boxitup&amp;hl=en">Box It Up! Inc.</a> by team TAPE</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hidea.cat&amp;hl=en">CATS &amp; SOUP</a> by HIDEA</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.game.kkiruk.catsarepop&amp;hl=en">Cats are Cute: Pop Time</a> by kkiruk studio</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onenone.miothedetective&amp;hl=en">Detective Mio</a> by 1N1</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bss.game.DicastRoc&amp;hl=en">Dicast: Rules of Chaos</a> by BSS COMPANY</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Nanali.ForestIsland&amp;hl=en">Forest Island</a> by Nanali Studios</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotomchi.frontierOfFortune&amp;hl=en">Frontier of Fortune</a> by Dotomchi Games Inc.</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.funkyfive.funkygunner&amp;hl=en">FUNKYGUNNER</a> by FUNKY5</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Studio806.GPS_Offical&amp;hl=en">Group Project Simulator!</a> by Studio806</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gimlegames.guntactics&amp;hl=en">Gun Tactics</a> by Gimle Games</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.catlab.hybridglobal&amp;hl=ko&amp;gl=US">Hybrid Warrior: Dungeon of the Overlord</a> by Cat Lab</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sane.metroblossom&amp;hl=en">Metro Blossom</a> by The Sane Studio</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ObliqueLine.PortalDungeon&amp;hl=en">Portal Dungeon</a> by Oblique Line</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soen.srbeta2&amp;hl=en">Rush Hour Rally</a> by Soen Games</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.concode.p3&amp;hl=en">The Way Home</a> by CONCODE</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dreamplay.titanslayer&amp;hl=en">Titan Slayer</a> by Touchholic<br/></p><br/><p>Sign up to attend the <a href="http://g.co/play/indiegameskorea">South Korean finals</a>. </p><br/>PS: Curious to hear who was selected for the <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-accelerator-2021/">Indie Games Accelerator</a>? Attend the <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/indie-games-festival-europe-2021/">European Festival</a> to find out!</div></div></body></html>Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/cheer-finalists-our-indie-games-festival/Google PlayDevelopersarticleCheer on the finalists of our Indie Games FestivalRegister to attend the Indie Games Festival from Google Play to discover the best games, meet the teams behind them and have fun.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Festival_Finalists_KeywordBlog_Header_2096x1182.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/cheer-finalists-our-indie-games-festival/Patricia CorreaDirectorDeveloper Marketing Google PlayQuicksave: The latest from Google Play Passhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-latest-google-play-pass/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/pass?pcampaignid=MKT-AC-global-none-0000000-OO-pr-gm-playpass-Jan0121-Other-QS_Keyword">Google Play Pass</a> helps you connect with awesome digital content: It’s your pass to hundreds of apps and games without ads and in-app purchases. We wanted to take another moment to spotlight a few of the games and developers we think you’ll enjoy.<br/><br/></p><h3>Dive into the newest games</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Tesla versus Lovecraft mobile game image of fictional depictions of enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla fighting famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/tesla_vs_lovecraft.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Tesla vs Lovecraft</b></p><p>An epic showdown between man vs monsters.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$9.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Play as enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla as you mow down nightmarish monsters from the mind of famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Delight Games Premium Library mobile game image depicting various fictional heroes, villains, witches and monsters from the stories within the game." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/delight_games_premium.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Delight Games (Premium Library)</b></p><p>70+ interactive volumes to immerse you in new worlds.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$29.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Enjoy a massive new trove of choose your own adventure stories that span every possible world from fantasy to mystery, horror, adventure and even some romance.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Who is Awesome mobile game image depicting characters from four different games including Reaper from Peace Death!, Vladimir from DRAW CHILLY, Knight from OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THIS KNIGHT!, and the Cowboy from Gun Done." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/who_is_awesome.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>WHO IS AWESOME</b></p><p>Fall, chase and flip your way to victory in this two-directional platformer!</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$0.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Chase and run your way through different lands in a single-player mini-game collection that challenges you to outthink characters from four popular games.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Starman mobile game image depicting Starman, a bright glowing individual, standing in a dark forest" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/starman.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Starman</b></p><p>Recover the light, and bring life back!</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$4.49</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Guide Starman through a breathtaking series of atmospheric architectural scenes and elaborate puzzles that are challenging, relaxing and immersive.</p><p><br/></p><p></p><h3>Explore the titles we ❤️   </h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Super Glitch Dash mobile game image depicting a bright, neon green and purple entry portal into a Super Glitch Dash runner track" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/super_glitch_dash.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Super Glitch Dash</b></p><p>The ultimate twitch runner has arrived.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>Free</strike>(No in-app purchases with Google Play Pass subscription)</p><br/><p>Get ready to immerse yourself in this jaw-dropping, rhythm-driven runner that takes everything you love about the acclaimed original Glitch Dash to the next level.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Cytus 2 mobile game image depicting characters together against a dark background, including Paff, Ivy, Conner, Xenon, Neko and ROBO Head" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/cytus_II.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Cytus II</b></p><p>From the makers of Cytus, experience a whole new chapter.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$1.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Step into the future, where a mysterious DJ legend is at the center of this music rhythm game that puts 100+ songs from all over the world at your fingertips.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Summer Catchers mobile game image depicting characters - one female and one male - sitting in a make-shift vehicle on a desolate island beach with a white seagull and crow by their side." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/summer_catchers.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Summer Catchers</b></p><br/><p>Embark on an epic road trip adventure of a lifetime.</p><b><br/></b><p><b>PRICE:<strike></strike></b><strike>$3.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Travel to distant uncharted lands full of mystery, strange creatures and exciting races as you pursue a quest to finally experience summer.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition mobile game image depicting the title character with her large yellow scarf flying in the wind, jumping into the nighttime sky away from a blast of red fire embers and a two-eyed tentacled monster below, towards a small town" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/dandara_trials_of_fear.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition</b></p><p>The world of Salt is on the brink of collapse. Its only hope is Dandara.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$5.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Defy gravity and discover secret mysteries in this 2D metroidvania platformer that puts you in a battle for survival against enemies bent on oppression.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>No need for FOMO: Check out everything that’s been added since June 1, 2021.</h3><p><b>Action</b></p><p>Lovecraft's Untold Stories</p><p>Space Marshals 3</p><p>Tesla vs Lovecraft</p><br/><p><b>Adventure</b></p><p>Angelo and Deemon: One Hell of a Quest (Full)</p><p>Death Road to Canada</p><p>DISTRAINT 2</p><p>Heal: Pocket Edition</p><p>Pango Kumo - weather game for kids 3-6</p><p>Pango Pirate - Adventure Game for kids</p><p>Timo - Adventure Puzzle Game</p><br/><p><b>Arcade</b></p><p>Aftermath</p><p>Bermuda Triangle</p><p>Color Ball Blast</p><p>Daggerhood</p><p>DRAW CHILLY</p><p>Super Drop Land</p><p>Whale Trail Classic</p><p>WHO IS AWESOME</p><br/><p><b>Art and Design</b></p><p>Pango Paper Color - colouring book game for kids</p><br/><p><b>Board</b></p><p>Draughts</p><br/><p><b>Books and Reference</b></p><p>Dictionary.com Premium</p><br/><p><b>Card</b></p><p>21 Smash - Best mix of Solitaire and BlackJack</p><p>Brave Hand</p><p>Castle Solitaire: Card Game</p><br/><p><b>Casual</b></p><p>Pango Sheep: get all the sheep</p><p>Snail Bob 3</p><br/><p><b>Education</b></p><p>The Bugs 2: What Are They Like?</p><p>Extraordinary Women</p><p>How do Animals Work?</p><p>Make It - Create Educational Games &amp; Quizzes</p><p>May the Forces Be With You</p><p>Monopoly Junior</p><p>My Green City</p><p>My Little Pony: Story Creator</p><br/><p><b>Educational</b></p><p>Car City: Kindergarden Toddler Learning Games</p><p>Car City Puzzle Games - Brain Teaser for Kids 2+</p><p>Car Patrol Hide &amp; Seek: Preschool Animals Safari</p><p>Carl the Super Truck Roadworks: Dig, Drill &amp; Build</p><p>Kiddopia</p><p>Logic Club</p><p>Pango Fox Factory - Coding Games For Kids</p><p>Pango Build City: create train tracks for children</p><br/><p><b>Entertainment</b></p><p>Tonka: Trucks Around Town</p><br/><p><b>Health and Fitness</b></p><p>Hydro Coach PRO - drink water</p><br/><p><b>Lifestyle</b></p><p>Time Until | Beautiful Countdown App + Widget</p><br/><p><b>Music</b></p><p>Pango Musical March : music game of marching band</p><p>Percuss — Rhythm Sequencer</p><br/><p><b>Music and Audio</b></p><p>AudioLab 🎵 Audio Editor Recorder &amp; Ringtone Maker</p><p>Strobe Tuner Pro: Guitar Tuner, Violin, Ukulele, …</p><br/><p><b>Photography</b></p><p>PicLab - Photo Editor</p><p>TouchRetouch</p><br/><p><b>Puzzle</b></p><p>Amigo Pancho</p><p>Azkend 2: The World Beneath</p><p>Dream Detective</p><p>The Eyes of Ara</p><p>Grids of Thermometers</p><p>Hashi Puzzle</p><p>hocus 2</p><p>I Love Hue Too</p><p>Oculux</p><p>Pango Blocks : puzzle game for kids 4 - 8 years</p><p>Pango One Road : logical labyrinth for children</p><p>Pettson's Inventions 2</p><p>Puzzle Retreat</p><p>Rip Them Off</p><p>Starman</p><p>Twinfold</p><p>YANKAI'S DIAMOND</p><br/><p><b>Racing</b></p><p>Dead Paradise: Car Shooter &amp; Action Game</p><p>Dirt Trackin Sprint Cars</p><br/><p><b>Roleplaying</b></p><p>Cyberlords - Arcology</p><p>Delight Games (Premium Library)</p><p>RPG Aeon Avenger - KEMCO</p><p>RPG Grinsia</p><p>RPG Alphadia2</p><p>Space Raiders RPG</p><p>Undead Horde</p><p>Yōdanji: The Roguelike</p><br/><p><b>Simulation</b></p><p>Casino Crime</p><p>The Little Crane That Could</p><p>Pango Build Safari : animal park for kids 3 - 8</p><p>Pig io - Pig Evolution io games</p><p>Shiny Ski Resort</p><br/><p><b>Sports</b></p><p>Super Soccer Champs 2021</p><br/><p><b>Strategy</b></p><p>Maze Machina</p><p>Pocket Harvest</p><p>Tactic Master - Strategy Battle &amp; Tower Defense</p><p>Wanna Survive</p><br/><p><b>Weather</b></p><p>Weather Forecast 14 days Pro - Meteored News</p><p>Weather XS PRO</p><br/><p><b>Word</b></p><p>String of Words</p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 30 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-latest-google-play-pass/Google PlayarticleQuicksave: The latest from Google Play PassLearn about the latest updates to Google Play Pass, your ticket to hundreds of awesome games and apps, with this Quicksave.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/PlayPass_4_Hero-resave.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-latest-google-play-pass/James KavanaghPlay Pass Content LeadCreate your summer reading list with Google Play Bookshttps://blog.google/products/google-play/create-your-summer-reading-list-google-play-books/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Every summer my family spends a week at a lake house, boating, barbecuing and reading books. My wife and I each choose a few books to share in our family library and read them at the same time on our devices. It gives us a chance to introduce each other to new genres and authors. I typically read thrillers and sci-fi, while my wife prefers a  mix of literary fiction and celebrity memoirs. </p><p>This year, we used the Google Play Books Android app’s new features to discover and organize our vacation reading list. Here’s how we’re using Google Play Books for our very informal summer book club: </p><br/><br/><h3>Customize your bookshelves</h3><p>One top request from Play Books readers was for customizable shelves.  With custom shelves, you can organize and sort your books into themed collections.  We made a shelf for our must-read ebooks for “Summer 2021.”  You can also designate your “All-time favorites'' so you always  have a list of recommendations ready. Create a “Family listening” shelf for the audiobooks you’re saving for a family road trip. Custom shelves make it easy to find the right book at the right time.</p><br/><h3>Use filters to find your ideal read</h3><p>Readers also told us that they wanted an easy way to find titles for specific reading needs. Now you can browse by filters like language (to find titles written in a specific language), price range (to see books in your budget) and price drop (to see discounted books).</p><br/><h3>Find deals on the books you want to read</h3><p>Customized discount notifications in the Android app now help you find more deals. If you sample or wishlist a book, you’ll receive an email if that title is discounted in the future (just make sure you’re opted in to marketing emails from Google Play). Take advantage of this feature by <a href="https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/3460591?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;oco=1">wishlisting the titles</a> that interest you when you come across them in the Play Books app.  </p><p>With custom shelves, store filtering and deal alerts, you have even more ways to find your next great read on Google Play Books. To get you started, here’s our “Summer 2021” shelf:</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="A custom shelf featuring six books: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, Later by Stephen King, What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster, The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, and Billie Eilish: In Her Own Words by Billie Eilish." class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/pasted_image_0_2_a4ENRXB.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Hopefully that gives you a little inspiration in creating your own. Here's to a well-read summer.</p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 14 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/create-your-summer-reading-list-google-play-books/Google PlayarticleCreate your summer reading list with Google Play BooksWith custom shelves, store filtering and deal notifications, you have even more ways to find your next great read on Google Play Books.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/hero_1_HbAHJ78.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/create-your-summer-reading-list-google-play-books/Cullen RotroffProduct ManagerGoogle Play BooksGrow your indie game with help from Google Playhttps://blog.google/technology/developers/grow-your-indie-game-help-google-play/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Today we’re opening applications for the <a href="http://g.co/play/indies">2021 editions of the Indie Games Accelerator and the Indie Games Festival from Google Play.</a> These programs are designed to support the growth of small games studios that bring unique games to players around the world. </p><p></p></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="qvXN5jkbHYg" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-qvXN5jkbHYg"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="Video of indie game programs." src="//img.youtube.com/vi/qvXN5jkbHYg/maxresdefault.jpg"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Get help to develop your game with the Indie Games Accelerator</h3><p>The Indie Games Accelerator brings the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to indie game developers that are full of potential. Selected studios will get free education and mentorship from Google and top industry experts to help them build and grow a successful games company. </p><p>This year the program will be fully digital and is expanding to nearly double the markets, including the U.S., UK, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, South Korea and others. </p><p><br/></p><h3>Promote your existing games with the Indie Games Festival </h3><p>The Indie Games Festival celebrates the creativity and innovation of top indie talent. Selected games will be rewarded with promotions on Google Play and dedicated marketing campaigns that will help players worldwide discover the games. </p><p>We will host three competitions for indie game developers from Japan, South Korea and select European countries. </p><p>If you are an indie game developer based in one of the eligible countries, <a href="http://g.co/play/indies">apply for either program by July 1st</a>. </p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/technology/developers/grow-your-indie-game-help-google-play/Google PlayDevelopersarticleGrow your indie game with help from Google PlayGrow your indie game with the help from Google Play. Apply by July 1st for the Indie Games Accelerator and the Indie Games Festival.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Announcement_Keyword_Blog_Header_2096x1182.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/technology/developers/grow-your-indie-game-help-google-play/Patricia CorreaDirectorDeveloper Marketing Google PlayQuicksave: The latest from Google Play Passhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/play-pass-quicksave-may-2021/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/pass?pcampaignid=MKT-AC-global-none-0000000-OO-pr-gm-playpass-Jan0121-Other-QS_Keyword">Google Play Pass</a> helps you connect with awesome digital content: It’s your pass to hundreds of apps and games without ads and in-app purchases. We wanted to take another moment to spotlight a few of the games and developers we think you’ll enjoy.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Stay on top of the latest updates</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We’ve been busy these past couple months. Beyond adding the new titles you’ll see below, we’re also announcing that:</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p></p><ul><li>Play Pass is now available in <a href="https://play.google.com/about/pass-availability/?p=playpass_availability&amp;visit_id=637569637159238304-386434629&amp;rd=1">48 additional countries and territories</a> around the world.</li><li>Play Pass is partnering with Verizon to offer up to 12 months of access to customers with eligible unlimited plans in the U.S. <a href="https://www.verizon.com/gaming/google-play/?adobe_mc=MCMID%3D09288975949256126231180648810979409120%7CMCAID%3D300437FC887AD3BC-40000934938CB223%7CMCORGID%3D843F02BE53271A1A0A490D4C%2540AdobeOrg%7CTS%3D1622149409&amp;mboxSession=802b33fe92334775b7728dc99d0dde05">Learn more</a>.</li></ul><p></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Dive into the newest games</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image for the video game Evoland II." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Evoland_2.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Evoland 2</b><b><br/></b>A slight case of space time continuum disorder.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$6.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Travel through time and video game history with the epic RPG adventure that takes you from one classic game genre after another.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image for the video game Crying Suns." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Crying_Suns.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Crying Suns</b><b><br/></b>When tactical rogue-like meets Foundation and Dune.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$8.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Step into the role of a space fleet commander as you explore a mysteriously fallen empire in this tactical but story-rich strategy game.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image for the video game Botanicula." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Botanicula.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Botanicula</b><b><br/></b>Five friends, one unforgettable journey.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$4.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Set out on a journey with your fellow tree creatures to save your home from evil parasites in this light-hearted adventure for gamers of all types.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the video game Night of the Full Moon." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Night_of_Full_Moon.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p></p><p><b>Night of the Full Moon</b><b><br/></b>Unveil the mysteries of the Black Forest, one by one.</p><p></p><p><b>PRICE:</b>Free (No in-app purchases with Google Play Pass subscription)</p><br/><p>Walk in the footsteps of Little Red Riding Hood as she ventures into a dark wilderness of elves, witches, werewolves and other mysterious creatures in this strategy-based card game.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Explore the titles we ❤️   </h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image for the video game Risk" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Risk.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Risk</b><br/>The biggest update ever to Hasbro’s classic game of global domination.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b> Free (No in-app purchases with Google Play Pass subscription)</p><br/><p>Everybody wants to rule the world, and now you can with the latest, greatest version of RISK that combines the classic gameplay with new features and content, all available with your subscription.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the video game Lightspeer" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Lichtspeer.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Lichtspeer</b><b><br/></b>Embrace the future, eat strudel.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:<strike></strike></b><strike>$3.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Get ready to recapture that ‘80s arcade rush in this fast-paced lightspear-throwing simulator set in an ancient Germanic future.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the video game The Battle of Polytopia." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/The_Battle_of_Polytopia.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>The Battle of Polytopia</b><br/>Rule your tribe, build a civilization.</p><br/><p><b>PRICE:</b><b></b>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><br/><p>Control the map, fight enemies, discover new lands and master technologies in this award-winning civilization strategy game.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>No need for FOMO: Check out everything that’s been added since April 1, 2021.</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Puzzle</b></p><p>Faraway 2: Jungle Escape<br/>One Line Coloring<br/>Maze: path of light<br/>Escape Machine City: Airborne<br/>Train your Brain<br/>Kenshō<br/>Laser Quest<br/>ROOMS: The Toymaker's Mansion<br/>Unit 404<br/>Smarter - Brain training &amp; Mind games<br/>Slayaway Camp: 1980's Horror Puzzle Fun!<br/>Star Vikings Forever<br/>Faraway 3: Arctic Escape<br/>Dissembler<br/>Tents and Trees Puzzles</p><p><b>Strategy</b></p><p>Night of the Full Moon<br/>Crying Suns<br/>Out There: Ω Edition<br/>Worms 2: Armageddon</p><p><b>Adventure</b></p><p>Samorost 2<br/>Ord.<br/>Botanicula<br/>Krystopia: Nova's Journey<br/>Jetscout Mystery of the Valunians<br/>Dentures and Demons</p><p><b>Action</b></p><p>Space Marshals 2<br/>Bubble Tale - Bunny Quest</p><p><b>Parenting</b></p><p>Parenting Hero - Become a wiser parent</p><p><b>Educational</b></p><p>Learn fruits and vegetables - games for kids<br/>Animal Circus - Joy Preschool Game<br/>Little Police</p><p><b>Board Game</b></p><p>SocialChess - Online Chess</p><p><b>Cardgame</b></p><p>Rogue Adventure: Card Battles &amp; Deck Building RPG</p><p><b>Roleplay</b></p><p>Demon's Rise 2<br/>Evoland 2</p><p><b>Sports </b></p><p>Tennis Champs Returns - Season 3<br/>Pocket League Story</p><p><b>Arcade</b></p><p>Bouncefield: Arkanoid Bricks Breaker</p><p><b>Casual</b></p><p>Strawberry Shortcake Dress Up Dreams<br/>Sunday Lawn Seasons</p><p><b>Racing</b></p><p>Draw Rider 2 Plus</p><p><b>Simulation</b></p><p>The Ramen Sensei</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 01 Jun 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/play-pass-quicksave-may-2021/Google PlayarticleQuicksave: The latest from Google Play PassLearn about the latest updates to Google Play Pass, your ticket to hundreds of awesome games and apps, with this Quicksave.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/TemplatesArtboard_1.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/play-pass-quicksave-may-2021/James KavanaghPlay Pass Content LeadBlast off into Entertainment Space on your Android tablethttps://blog.google/products/android/entertainment-space/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Tablets are the perfect device to stay entertained, whether you’re watching a movie from your bed, playing games on your daily commute or reading a book while you travel. The screen is bigger than your phone, but more portable than your TV.  In fact, over the last year, we’ve seen over 30 percent more people start using Android tablets compared to the prior year.</p><br/><p>As a versatile device with many different capabilities, whole families often share the same tablet. Last year, we introduced <a href="https://blog.google/technology/families/kids-space">Kids Space</a> as a way for your kids under 9 to learn and have fun with recommended apps, books and videos on Android tablets. And for the rest of the family members, we’re now bringing you a new Android tablet experience that places the entertainment content you love front and center.</p><br/><p>Entertainment Space is a one-stop, personalized home for all your favorite movies, shows, videos, games and books. You’ll save time and avoid having to hop between apps to try to figure out what to do, whether it’s to watch, play or read. Once you sign in to your subscription apps, Entertainment Space will show you your content in one place and tailored for you. And if you want to share your tablet, everyone in the family can have their own personalized profile. </p><br/><h3>Hit play on the latest movies, TV shows and YouTube videos</h3><p>In the Watch tab, you can move between your streaming services, find movies and TV shows to watch, rent or buy from Google TV and view recommended videos from YouTube. With the Continue Watching row, you can also easily hop back into a show you were watching last night. And, if you’re not sure what to watch next, Entertainment Space will surface your personalized and trending recommendation rows from Google TV, Twitch, Hulu and many additional services.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Entertainment Space Watch Tab" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/2._Watch_tab_2.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Discover movies, TV shows and YouTube videos in the Watch tab.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Discover the next action-packed game</h3><p>Build empires. Slay dragons. Save the universe. With the Games tab in Entertainment Space, a world of fun and adventure awaits your discovery with Google Play Games. Jump back into your favorite games in the continue playing row, or explore new games recommended for you. And to help you start playing more quickly, select games in Entertainment Space are available to Instant play – so you can try a game without downloading it.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Entertainment Space Play tab" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/3._Play_tab.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Explore or hop back into your favorite games in the Play tab.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Bring your favorite books together, and find the next one too</h3><p>Whether you’re looking for your next read or already have a stack of books on your virtual nightstand, the Read tab is where you’ll find your next chapter from Google Play Books. If your eyes get tired but you want more stories, you can find audiobooks in this section, too. Check out free sneak peeks before committing, plus see books with discounted prices and recommendations based on what’s trending and what meets your tastes. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Entertainment Space Read tab" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/4._Read_tab.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Find your next book and audiobook in the Read tab.<br/></p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Starting this month, Entertainment Space will be available on Walmart onn. tablets. And later this year, Entertainment Space will roll out globally on new and select existing Android tablets from Lenovo™, Sharp and more.</p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 05 May 2021 15:30:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/android/entertainment-space/Google TVAndroidGoogle PlayarticleBlast off into Entertainment Space on your Android tabletIntroducing Entertainment Space, a one-stop, personalized home on Android tablets.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/1._Blog_header.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/android/entertainment-space/James BenderProduct Manager, Google PlaySeeking aspiring designers looking to Change The Gamehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/change-the-game-2021/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Though women are playing mobile games at record numbers and make up 45% of gamers, they are heavily underrepresented in the gaming industry and as protagonists in video games. At Google Play, we have a mission to make mobile gaming truly for everyone by enabling women to be celebrated and empowered as both players and creators.   </p><p>In 2017, we launched the Change The Game Design Challenge to inspire teens to turn their passion for gaming into careers. The Design Challenge has grown from just a five-winner program at its start, to now educating 100 students across the U.S. and Canada this year. Since our launch, we have been humbled by the creativity and drive of the teens who have participated in the program. Some have used their Design Challenge experience as a springboard to their gaming education in college. Others have taken the path of service, using their experience to mentor the next generation of young women in gaming. As the Design Challenge grows and reaches more applicants, what remains constant is the genuine interest and commitment our participants share for driving positive change for the industry. </p><p>Starting today, we’ll be accepting submissions for our 2021 <a href="http://g.co/ctgdesignchallenge">Change The Game Design Challenge</a>. We’re calling on teens to become Game Changers by sharing an original game idea and a unique vision for the future of the gaming industry. With school being virtual for the past year, and with a lot of us spending more extra time at home than usual, we’re hoping applicants think of our challenge as a fun way to switch things up while learning something new.  </p><p>Much like last year, the 2021 Design Challenge will be virtual. Participants whose game ideas are chosen will be invited to an online game development workshop hosted by our partner, <a href="https://www.girlsmakegames.com/">Girls Make Games</a>. The workshop will consist of four sessions that will kick off in June and run through the end of the summer. At the end of the workshop, participants can expect to have made new friends and learned skills needed to create a playable game, no coding experience required. These Game Changers will also receive the materials from the workshop, a certificate of completion, custom swag and a brand-new Chromebook to help them continue to grow in their game development journey.</p>For a chance to participate in this workshop and join a group of innovators, applicants should fill out this <a href="https://play.google.com/about/changethegame/designchallenge2021/">entry form</a> and share an original game idea. We’ll be reviewing entries on a rolling basis between now and July 31. The Change the Game Design Challenge is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only, subject to exceptions. For more details on submission guidelines and how to enter, please visit <a href="http://g.co/ctgdesignchallenge">g.co/ctgdesignchallenge</a>.  At Google Play, we are excited to invest in a new class of Game Changers.</div></div></body></html>Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/change-the-game-2021/Google PlayDiversity and InclusionarticleSeeking aspiring designers looking to Change The GameGoogle Play’s Change The Game program is now open for the 2021 Design Challenge to promote game development for girls.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/GooglePlay_CTG_BlogHero_16x9_R1_es.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/change-the-game-2021/Purnima KochikarVice PresidentGoogle Play PartnershipsQuicksave: The latest from Google Play Passhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-march-2021/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/pass?pcampaignid=MKT-AC-global-none-0000000-OO-pr-gm-playpass-Jan0121-Other-QS_Keyword">Google Play Pass</a> helps you connect with awesome digital content: It’s your pass to hundreds of apps and games without ads and in-app purchases. We wanted to take another moment to spotlight a few of the titles and developers we think you’ll enjoy.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Dive in to the newest games and apps</h3><p>With this most recent batch of new additions, we’re happy to share that Play Pass now offers access to 800+ games and apps. We’ve added some great, award-winning titles this past month, like:<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A still from the video game Football Manager 2021, featuring soccer players in purple jerseys high-fiving" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Football-Manager-2021.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Football Manager 2021</b><br/>Make your mark on the beautiful game.<br/></p><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$8.99</strike> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Feel the buzz as you effortlessly craft the perfect squad and tactical setup that’s guaranteed to pick up silverware, wherever and whenever you want. We love the new tactical templates which make finding your perfect style of play, and world domination, easier than ever. <br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the game Sago Mini School, featuring a group of cartoon characters in a snowy landscape." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Sago-Mini-School.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Sago Mini School </b><br/>The revolutionary curiosity-led curriculum for little learners.</p><p></p><p><b>PRICE:</b> <strike>$7.99/month</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Developed with education and play experts, your child will build math, literacy, science and spatial skills as they discover fun learning games and kid-tested topics. With super fun activities like doodles, tracing, and mazes, you might catch yourself playing without your little ones.<br/></p><p></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the game Flockers, featuring cartoon sheep." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Flockers.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Flockers<br/></b>Do ewe have what it takes?</p><p><b>PRICE:<strike></strike></b><strike>$1.99</strike> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Save the sheep by guiding them through 60 levels of crushers, giant buzz-saws, deep pits full of spikes and giant swinging meat cleavers. Word to the wary, don’t get too attached to these cuties. They can’t ALL survive.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the video game Dead Cells, featuring a person with a sword with their back turned." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/DeadCells-cropped.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Dead Cells (coming this week)</b><br/>Kill. Die. Learn. Repeat.</p><p></p><p><b>PRICE:<strike></strike></b><strike>$8.99</strike> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Play as a failed alchemic experiment and explore the sprawling, ever-changing castle to find out what happened on this gloomy island…! That is, assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers. If you love ripping monsters to shreds, you’ve come to the right place.<br/></p><p></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Explore the titles we ❤️   </h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A still from the video game Teslagrad, featuring a character looking at a glowing red box." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Teslagrad.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Teslagrad</b><b><br/></b>Forge your path through the Tesla Tower.</p><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$6.99</strike>Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p>Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle-platformer with action elements where electromagnetic powers are the key to discovering the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower. We love, love, love the unique art style that visually brings the story to life, and the clever mechanics that unlock each puzzle keeps us coming back for more. What are you waiting for?<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the game The Gardens Between, featuring two characters standing back to back." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/The-Gardens-Between.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>The Gardens Between<br/></b>Embark on a journey that examines the significance of their friendship.</p><p><b>PRICE:<strike></strike></b><strike>$4.99</strike> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p></p><p></p><p>A single-player adventure where you help two friends manipulate time to solve puzzles to find their path forward. This game is quite the emotional journey, so you might want to find a friend to hug (or elbow bump) after it’s all said and done.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from the game Forgotton Anne, featuring two of the characters." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Forgotton-Anne.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Forgotton Anne<br/></b>Discover a world you won’t forget.<b><br/></b></p><p><b>PRICE:</b> Free (No in-app purchases with Google Play Pass subscription)</p><p>A seamless cinematic adventure with light puzzle platforming. You play as Anne as she sets out to squash a rebellion that might prevent her from returning to the human world. The hand painted environments (chef’s kiss) help make this adventure an animated masterpiece… and a game you won’t (no pun intended) soon forget.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A promotional image from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Star-Wars-KOTOR.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Star Wars: KOTOR<br/></b>Determine the destiny of the entire galaxy!<b><br/></b></p><p><b>PRICE:</b><strike>$9.99</strike> Free with Google Play Pass subscription</p><p></p><p>Can you master the awesome power of the Force on your quest to save the Republic? Or will you fall to the lure of the dark side? Kudos to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Aspyr Media, who were featured as <a href="https://www.pocketgamer.com/pgawards2021/winners/best-google-play-pass-game/">Pocket Gamer’s best Play Pass game of the year</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Full list of additions since February 1, 2021:</h3><p><b>Premiering on Play Pass:</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thelabel.evo">EVO ISLAND</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rogue.fistifluffs">Fisti-Fluffs</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.subpixels.sphaze">SPHAZE: Sci-fi puzzle game</a></p><p><b>Role Playing:</b><br/></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.bouken_en">Dungeon Village</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiwiwalks.witchspring3">WitchSpring3</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heartshapedgames.herogenerationshd">Hero Generations</a></p><p><b>Education:</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dungelin.englishforkids">English for Kids</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixelenvision.coloring">Finger Paint Coloring Book</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playtoddlers.happydaycarestories.free">Happy Daycare Stories - School playhouse baby care</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.cleverbit.SafariPuzzlesFull">Kids Puzzles, Funny Animals #2 (full game)</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.color.mandala">Mandala Coloring Pages</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sagosago.School.googleplay">Sago Mini School</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamemagica.babymagica">BabyMagica</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.ayground.coloringbook.plus">Coloring Book+</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.storytoys.miffy.free.android.googleplay">Miffy's World – Bunny Adventures</a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><b>Strategy:</b><br/></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.team17.sheltered">Sheltered</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thelabel.evo">EVO ISLAND</a></p><p><b>Action:</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playdigious.deadcells.mobile&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Dead Cells</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agaming.mentalhospitaliv">Mental Hospital IV - 3D Creepy &amp; Scary Horror Game</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neutronized.supercattales2">Super Cat Tales 2</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Studio17.slender">Slender Last Sleep</a></p><p><b>Arcade:</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=rocks.funkykarts">Funky Karts</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joxdev.orbia">Orbia: Tap and Relax</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Chorrus.SuperOscarRemastered">Super Oscar Premium</a></p><p><b>Puzzle:</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.team17.flockers">Flockers</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.necrosoftgames.gunhouse">Gunhouse</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SuperAwesome.HP">Hamster Town</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.LozangeLab.ShuttleShuffle">Shuttle Shuffle: Aliens Panic</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fallentreegames.google.switcheroo">Swapperoo</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mousecity.faraway">Faraway: Puzzle Escape</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.HolyCow.MysticPillars">Mystic Pillars: A Story Based Puzzle Game</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.itatake.pebbleuniverse1">Pebble Universe</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onemanband.thesequence2">the Sequence [2]</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapbreak.strangercases">Stranger Cases: A Mystery Escape</a></p><p></p><p><b>Sports:</b></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.score">Football Manager 2021 Mobile</a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><b>Simulation:</b><br/></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.gamedev3en">Game Dev Story</a></p><p><b>Casual:</b><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.depart_en">Mega Mall Story</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.budgestudios.StrawberryShortcakeFoodFair">Strawberry Shortcake Food Fair</a><br/><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.budgestudios.googleplay.StrawberryShortcakeHolidayHair">Strawberry Shortcake Holiday Hair</a></p><p><b>Adventure:</b></p><p></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playdigious.whitenight">White Night</a></p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-march-2021/Google PlayarticleQuicksave: The latest from Google Play PassLearn about the latest updates to Google Play Pass, your ticket to hundreds of awesome games and apps, with this Quicksave.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Blog_Banners_v11.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-march-2021/James KavanaghPlay Pass Content LeadNew tools make children's books easier to readhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/learning-to-read-tools/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>As a parent to two young kids, bedtime stories are a big part of our evening ritual. My daughter, who’s almost 4, can now recognize all the capital letters, but she’s still learning how to identify lowercase letters and put them all together in a complete word. As we celebrate National Read Across America Day in the United States, I’m reminded of aspiring readers like my daughter, who experiences both the joys and the challenges of books. Google Play Books recently introduced a set of tools to help new readers and their families enjoy the process of learning how to read. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Thinking about those who are learning to read</h3>Until recently, the Google Play Books user experience was primarily designed for proficient readers. With the launches of <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/teacher-approved-apps/">Teacher Approved Apps</a> and <a href="https://families.google.com/kidsspace/">Google Kids Space</a> in 2020, we had an opportunity to rethink what learning to read means for younger readers, their parents and anyone else who may be a beginning reader.</div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>New reading tools to help you</h3><p>Here are more details about the reading tools now available to you:</p><p><b>Read &amp; listen</b><b>:</b>Listen to a book read out loud, with a choice of whether the pages turn automatically or manually.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="A book featuring Sesame Street characters being read out loud through Read and Listen." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/image2_I0gx9jP.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Read &amp; listen narrates a book and highlights the text being read aloud. </p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Tap to Read and Kid Friendly Dictionary</b><b>: </b> Hear a word spoken out loud by tapping on any word on the book page. Read or listen to thousands of kid-friendly definitions, many of which have illustrations to support comprehension and learning.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt='Kid-Friendly Dictionary defining the word "Friend" for kids, with an illustration of two children talking.' class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/image1_lxRVgXM.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>With Tap to Read, users can tap a word to hear it read out loud. And Kid Friendly Dictionary defines words for a young audience, often with illustrations. </p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>How to access reading tools</h3><p>When you are browsing in the Google Play Store or Google Play Books app, you’ll find a large catalog of books designated for ages 0-8, and the vast majority of these titles have reading tools enabled. You can also download a free sample of any children’s book to confirm if reading tools are enabled for that title before purchasing the book. In celebration of National Read Across America Day, here are some free ebooks that feature these reading tools:</p><br/><ul><li><p>"<a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Leslie_Kimmelman_We_re_Amazing_1_2_3_Sesame_Street?id=pXskDgAAQBAJ">We're Amazing, 1-2-3!</a>:" This Sesame Street story stars Elmo, Abby, and their friend Julia, who has autism. Together, the three pals have a delightful playdate.</p></li><li><p>"<a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Komal_Singh_Ara_the_Star_Engineer?id=6pJyDwAAQBAJ">Ara the Star Engineer</a>:" This is a STEM book on a mission! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers, <a href="https://www.blog.google/inside-google/googlers/ara-star-engineer-stem-book-mission/">written by a Googler</a>.</p></li><li><p>"<a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Leslie_Kimmelman_Family_Forever?id=l4JQDwAAQBAJ">Family Forever</a>:" This Sesame Street picture book features Julia and her family and friends as they spend a day in the park.</p></li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We look forward to doing more work in making reading more accessible and fun for our youngest users, families and aspiring readers.  To learn more about reading tools, please visit the <a href="https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/10187766?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;hl=en">help center</a>.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/learning-to-read-tools/Google PlayarticleNew tools make children's books easier to readGoogle Play Books recently introduced a set of tools to help new readers and their families enjoy the process of learning how to read.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/kidreader-hero.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/learning-to-read-tools/Vitaliy DikkerProduct ManagerGoogle Play BooksQuicksave: The latest from Google Play Passhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-january-2021/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/pass?pcampaignid=MKT-AC-global-none-0000000-OO-pr-gm-playpass-Jan0121-Other-QS_Keyword">Google Play Pass</a> helps you connect with awesome digital content: It’s your pass to hundreds of apps and games without ads and in-app purchases. It’s been a pretty busy year for Play Pass, so let’s take a moment to spotlight a few of the games and developers we think you’ll enjoy.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Program updates</h3><p>This past year, Play Pass…</p><ul><li><p>Celebrated its first birthday</p></li><li><p>Expanded to <a href="https://play.google.com/about/pass-availability/?p=playpass_availability&amp;visit_id=637433325861517127-1794196705&amp;rd=1">42 countries</a></p></li><li><p>Added more than 300 new apps and games, including more than 100 teacher-approved kids’ titles</p></li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>New games coming and recent additions</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="An image from the game Giant Dancing Plushies" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Giant_Dancing_Plushies.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p><br/></p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rogue.giantdancingplushies&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Giant Dancing Plushies</a> (Rogue Games, Inc.):</b></p><p>Help huge, adorable stuffed animals conquer the planet in this adorable (yet… terrifying) take on the rhythm game genre. Jam to the great in-game tracks or Kaiju it up to your own favorite music and get ready to stomp on the city! </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="An image from the game Figment" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Figment.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p><br/></p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bedtime.figment">Figment</a> (Bedtime Digital Games):</b></p><p></p><p></p><p>Venture into the whimsical, dream-like world of the human mind. Solve puzzles to restore the peace and rediscover the courage that's been lost–all while beating back the nightmarish fears that threaten to take over! If you’re looking for a mind-blowing weekend playlist, we recommend checking out Figment, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=amanita_design.samorost3.GP">Samorost 3</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.brokenrul.oldmansjourney">Old Man’s Journey</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thevoxelagents.thegardensbetween">The Gardens Between</a> (all included with your Play Pass subscription). Can you identify the theme that links them?<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="The logo for the game The Legend of Bum-Bo" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Bum-Bo.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p><br/></p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thelabel.bumbo&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">The Legend of Bum-Bo</a> (The Label Limited):</b></p><p>Help Bum-Bo recover his lost coin in this edgy, puzzle-based, rogue-like prequel to the Binding of Isaac.  We won’t give away too much, but this combo of turn-based combat and poop (yes, poop) makes for one unforgettable gaming experience.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Titles we can’t get enough of</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="The logo from the game The Escapists" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/The_Escapists.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Everything by Team17</b><b>:</b> Bust out of a life behind bars, save some sheep and battle your way to worm domination. Almost every live Android title from this renowned publisher will be joining Play Pass. From the Escapists series, Flockers, to every Worms game, Team17 sure knows how to bring it and we’re all here for it.</p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.team17.escapists&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">The Escapists: Prison Escape</a></p><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.team17.escapists2&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">The Escapists 2: Pocket Breakout</a></p><p>and many more</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="An image from the game Basketball Club Story" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Basketball_Club_Story.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.basket&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Basketball Club Story</a> (Kairosoft)</b><b>:</b> Create your own basketball team, recruit a cast of zany players and compete against other teams in the league! You’re the coach taking the team to victory in this sim game from Japanese developer Kairosoft.  Keep an eye out for more from them soon.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="An image from the video game Grand Mountain Adventure" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Grand_Mountain_Adventure.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toppluva.grandmountain&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Grand Mountain Adventure: Snowboard Premiere</a> (Toppluva AB):</b><b></b>The new Winter 2021 Expansion adds a bunch of new mountains and challenging excitement to this local multiplayer. If you can’t hit the slopes this winter, everything you need (including an avalanche of recently added content) is included in this game for you. Well… everything except the après-ski festivities.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="The logo of the video game Hole Down" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Hole_Down.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grapefrukt.games.bore&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Holedown</a> (grapefrukt games)</b><b>:</b>Shoot balls, break blocks, upgrade all the things. How deep can you go? We love this game so much and are excited to have just welcomed another grapefrukt game (<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grapefrukt.games.rymdkapsel1">rymdkapsel</a>) to Play Pass.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="The logo of the video game Evoland" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Evoland.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.shirogames.evoland12"><b>Evoland</b></a><b>(Playdigious):</b>Embark on an epic action/adventure journey with plenty of humor and nods to the classics. Upgrade your graphics and gameplay as you advance on your quest. As we know, every great title has a sequel, so make sure to be on the lookout for more Evoland coming to Play Pass.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Full list of additions since December 1, 2020:</h3><ul><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drillyapps.babydaybook">Baby Daybook</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.basket">Basketball Club Story</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pomelogames.bulletboy.google">Bullet Boy</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playtoddlers.centralhospitalstories.free">Central Hospital Stories</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rayark.Cytus.full">Cytus</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rawfury.longhathouse.Dandara">Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiloo.dawnbringer">Dawnbringer</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ankama.dragnboom">Drag'n'Boom</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.popreach.dumbways">Dumb Ways to Die</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.metro.DumbWaysToDraw">Dumb Ways To Draw</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alexbernat.eurofoot">EuroFoot - football reminder. Season 2020-2021</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bedtime.figment">Figment</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rogue.giantdancingplushies">Giant Dancing Plushies</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toppluva.grandmountain">Grand Mountain Adventure: Snowboard Premiere</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.i273.hackrun">Hack RUN</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logisk.hexio">Hexio</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.herocraft.game.hyperforma.cyber.hack.arcade.premium">Hyperforma Premium</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.silentapps.inreverse2">inReverse Party Game - Backwards Karaoke</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bladecoder.lj">Johnny Bonasera 1</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nightboost.kids.animals">Kids Learn about Animals</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.leapon">Leap On!</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crescentmoongames.skyfish">Legend of the Skyfish</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.storytoys.lego.duplo.world.kids.play.free.friends.animals.android.googleplay">LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxandsheep.animaldoctor">Little Fox Animal Doctor</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.circusatos.littlemousesencyclopedia">Little Mouse's Encyclopedia</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxandsheep.littlepolicestation">Little Police Station</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thomasbowker.lynerelease">LYNE</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Majorariatto.Majotori_v2">Majotori</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.depart2">Mega Mall Story2</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.moderndefense">Modern Defense HD</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playtic.monsternumbersFull">Monster Numbers Full Version: Math games for kids</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.kingbird.doggame">My Diggy Dog</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.filimundus.mlwgarage">My Little Work – Garage</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxandsheep.nightynight3">Nighty Night Forest</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lojugames.android.Ordia">Ordia</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logisk.orixo">Orixo</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.izhard">OVIVO - Black and White Platformer Game</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.JourneyBoundGames.PathofGaints">Path of Giants</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.momopi.persephone.premium">Persephone</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.filimundus.pettsonsinventions">Pettson's Inventions</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.filimundus.pi3">Pettson's Inventions 3</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.veitch.themelodymaster.pmp">Piano Melody Pro</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.springloaded.prisonplanet">Prison Planet</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.sarahnorthway.rebuild3">Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grapefrukt.games.rymdkapsel1">rymdkapsel</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxandsheep.loomies">SHINE - Journey Of Light</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.pictures">Silver Screen Story</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vitotechnology.StarWalk2">Star Walk 2 - Night Sky View and Stargazing Guide</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alawar.straysoulsFull">Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story. Hidden Object Game</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playtoddlers.sweethomestories.free">Sweet Home Stories - My family life play house</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lozangelab.swimout.googleplay">Swim Out</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thelabel.bumbo">The Legend of Bum-Bo</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.baviux.trogsmashisland">Trog Smash Island - A prehistoric adventure</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.loster.filip.unhatched">Unhatched</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Phosphor.Dakka">Warhammer 40,000: Dakka Squadron</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rawfury.woam">Whispers of a Machine</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiwiwalks.witchspring_lan_en">WitchSpring</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiwiwalks.witchspringlunaml">WitchSpring2</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.worms3.app">Worms 3</a></p></li></ul></div></div></body></html>Fri, 29 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-january-2021/Google PlayarticleQuicksave: The latest from Google Play PassLearn about the latest updates to Google Play Pass, your ticket to hundreds of awesome games and apps, with this Quicksave.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Google_PlayPass_BlogPost-8c.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/quicksave-january-2021/James KavanaghPlay Pass Content LeadTurning the page on Google Play Books' first decadehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/turning-page-google-play-books-first-decade/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With more time on my hands during this pandemic, I’ve learned that I’m not a gardener (yield from 7 tomato plants--&gt; 2 teeny tomatoes), nor am I a furniture refinisher (but it seemed so straightforward on YouTube!). I am, however, a reader. I’ve indulged more in this lifelong hobby in 2020, finally getting around to books that have been in my Google Play Books library for a long time, and discovering new titles.  </p><p>This week marks Google’s 10th year as a digital bookstore. On December 6, 2010, we launched Google eBooks in the U.S., so that people could read books on any device and with recommendations tailored to your interests. Since then, our bookstore—now <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books">Google Play Books</a>—has expanded to more than 75 countries and our book catalog has grown to nearly 7 million titles. </p><p>Over the years, we’ve used Google’s technology to expand our offerings and meet the needs of our readers and publishers. <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/google-play-books-introduces-bubble-zoom">Bubble Zoom</a> makes it easier to read comics on your phone by using machine learning to identify and expand speech bubbles. And, you can now <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/ok-google-read-my-book-introducing-audiobooks-google-play/">access hundreds of thousands of audiobooks</a> in our store, including a selection of <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_tts_public_domain_audiobooks">free public domain audiobooks</a> created with our auto-narration technology.  </p><p>Google Play Books has welcomed publishers of all sizes, becoming an important platform for our tens of thousands of publishing partners to grow their audience worldwide. Google Play Books is a success because of the publishers and book lovers we’ve brought together. </p><p>As we look back on the last decade, here’s a list of our top fiction and nonfiction ebooks on Google Play Books each year in the U.S. (I’m proud to report that I’ve read 7 of 11 of the fiction titles!)</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Top-selling fiction ebooks</h3><p></p><ul><li><p>2010: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Stieg_Larsson_The_Girl_Who_Kicked_the_Hornet_s_Nes?id=AZ5J6B1-4BoC">The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest</a> by Stieg Larsson</p></li><li><p>2011: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kathryn_Stockett_The_Help?id=5-KerGE_DV0C">The Help</a>by Kathryn Stockett</p></li><li><p>2012: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Suzanne_Collins_The_Hunger_Games_Hunger_Games_Book?id=Yz8Fnw0PlEQC">The Hunger Games</a> by Suzanne Collins</p></li><li><p>2013: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/E_L_James_Fifty_Shades_of_Grey?id=qDP6NmRAPzsC">Fifty Shades of Grey</a> by E. L. James</p></li><li><p>2014: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/John_Green_The_Fault_in_Our_Stars?id=UzqVUdEtLDwC">The Fault in Our Stars</a> by John Green</p></li><li><p>2015: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/E_L_James_Grey?id=TJKmCQAAQBAJ">Grey</a> by E. L. James</p></li><li><p>2016: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/J_K_Rowling_Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Part?id=Qd8qDwAAQBAJ">Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</a> by J.K. Rowling</p></li><li><p>2017: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Stephen_King_It?id=-rUACwAAQBAJ">It</a> by Stephen King</p></li><li><p>2018: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ernest_Cline_Ready_Player_One?id=FY_HWAcm10MC">Ready Player One</a> by Ernest Cline</p></li><li><p>2019: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Delia_Owens_Where_the_Crawdads_Sing?id=CGVDDwAAQBAJ">Where the Crawdads Sing</a> by Delia Owens</p></li><li>2020: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Stephenie_Meyer_Midnight_Sun?id=F6bgDwAAQBAJ">Midnight Sun</a> by Stephenie Meyer</li></ul><p></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Top-selling nonfiction ebooks</h3><p></p><ul><li><p>2010: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/George_W_Bush_Decision_Points_Enhanced_Edition?id=7VWZRVvoE0MC">Decision Points</a> by George W. Bush</p></li><li><p>2011: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Walter_Isaacson_Steve_Jobs?id=I6R8MXStPXgC">Steve Jobs</a> by Walter Isaacson</p></li><li><p>2012: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Michael_Lewis_Moneyball_The_Art_of_Winning_an_Unfa?id=oIYNBodW-ZEC">Moneyball</a> by Michael Lewis</p></li><li><p>2013: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Steve_Harvey_Act_Like_a_Lady_Think_Like_a_Man_Expa?id=ZxHSAgAAQBAJ">Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man</a> by Steve Harvey</p></li><li><p>2014: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Marcus_Luttrell_Lone_Survivor?id=i2Gfu-algOwC">Lone Survivor</a> by Marcus Luttrell</p></li><li><p>2015: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Chris_Kyle_American_Sniper?id=X3S8wiAdcAYC">American Sniper</a> by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice</p></li><li><p>2016: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/JJ_Smith_10_Day_Green_Smoothie_Cleanse?id=KibrAwAAQBAJ">10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse</a> by JJ Smith</p></li><li><p>2017: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mark_Manson_The_Subtle_Art_of_Not_Giving_a_F_ck?id=yng_CwAAQBAJ">The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck</a>by Mark Manson</p></li><li><p>2018: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Fire_and_Fury_Inside_the_Trump_White_House?id=E3M-DwAAQBAJ">Fire and Fury</a> by Michael Wolff</p></li><li><p>2019: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Michelle_Obama_Becoming?id=YbtNDwAAQBAJ">Becoming</a> by Michelle Obama</p></li><li><p>2020: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Barack_Obama_A_Promised_Land?id=hvr4DwAAQBAJ">A Promised Land</a> by Barack Obama</p></li></ul><p></p><p>Books are more than just sources of information; they offer us connection, comfort, inspiration and joy—especially this year. As we recognize our tenth anniversary of Google’s digital bookstore, we’re thankful for all the bibliophiles who have made Google Play Books the hub of their reading life.</p><br/></div></div></body></html>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 18:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/turning-page-google-play-books-first-decade/Google PlayarticleTurning the page on Google Play Books' first decadeThis week marks Google’s 10th year as a digital bookstore. We’re looking back on the last decade and highlighting the top ebooks on Google Play Books each year in the U.S.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/10_Years_of_Ebooks_-_Hero_Image.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/turning-page-google-play-books-first-decade/Judy Chang Senior Product Manager, Google Play Books6 new ways Android can help this holiday seasonhttps://blog.google/products/android/new-features-winter-2020/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><br/><p>With the holidays around the corner, we’re sharing six new Google features for Android—a few more ways your phone gets more helpful over time, even outside of major OS updates. Whether you’re texting holiday greetings to loved ones or winding down with a book, here’s how Android can help.</p><p><br/></p><h3>1. Mix up more of your favorite emoji</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><a class="article-image--link" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYgYE30FfGA&amp;feature=youtu.be" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="Emoji Kitchen gets new stickers and mixing experiences" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Android_WinterSpotlight_EmojiKitchen_001_R.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></a></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Click on the image above to see a video of the latest mixing experience coming to Emoji Kitchen </p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With Emoji Kitchen on Gboard, people have mixed their favorite emoji into customized stickers over 3 billion times since it was released earlier this year. <a href="https://blog.google/products/android/emoji-kitchen-new-mashups-mixing-experience">With this latest update</a>, Emoji Kitchen is going from hundreds of unique design combinations to over 14,000. Each mix makes it easier for you to express yourself with a little extra flair. Now you can simply tap two emoji to quickly see suggested combinations, or double tap on one emoji to reveal some more intense emotions. </p><p>Already available on Gboard <a href="https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.google.android.inputmethod.latin">beta</a>, the new version of Emoji Kitchen will be available on Android 6.0 and above over the coming weeks. Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Gboard</a> on Google Play to enjoy the new emoji kitchen stickers this holiday season. ❄️️⛄️</p><h3>2. Enjoy more stories as audiobooks</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><a class="article-image--link" href="https://youtu.be/-TfASLwVlUs" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="Auto-narrated audiobooks give voices to more ebooks" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/AFS_Play_FR09_CT_v02.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></a></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Click on the image above to see a video of how Google Play is bringing more audiobooks to Android</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>The holiday season is the perfect time to wind down and catch up on some books, and audiobooks make it even more convenient to immerse yourself in a story. But not all books, like the one written by your favorite indie author, are converted into an audiobook. Now Google Play, working with publishers in the U.S. and the UK, will use auto-generated narrators so books without audio versions can be narrated—meaning you’ll have more audio titles to choose from on Play Store. The publisher tool to create auto-narrated audiobooks is currently in beta, but it will roll out to all publishers in early 2021.</p><h3>3. Use Voice Access to navigate your device </h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><a class="article-image--link" href="https://youtu.be/3RyjUwzXWTs" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="Easily use and navigate your phone by speaking out loud with Voice Access" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/AFS_VoiceAccess_v022_25fps.925.Still006_oy.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></a></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Click on the image above to see a video showing how Voice Access can help you navigate your smartphone<br/></p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Built with people with motor disabilities in mind, <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/voice-access-updates">Voice Access</a> lets you control your phone using your voice. Now using machine learning technology, you can add labels to the screens of your Android apps to help you work within them with your voice. For example, you can say “open Photos”, “tap Search”, “tap Your Map” to see a map of all your photos. This makes navigation convenient and hands-free, using just your voice. Previously rolled out on Android 11, this new version of Voice Access is now available globally on all devices running Android 6.0 and above. You can download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.accessibility.voiceaccess&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Voice Access</a> on Google Play and try the new version out by <a href="https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.google.android.apps.accessibility.voiceaccess">joining the Beta</a> today.</p><h3>4. Get around with the Go Tab</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><a class="article-image--link" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjqQbLxUIyg&amp;feature=youtu.be" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="New Go Tab in Google Maps is available today" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Android_WinterSpotlight_GoTab_001.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></a></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Click on the image above to see the video of the new Go Tab in Google Maps</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With the new Go Tab in Google Maps, you can more easily navigate to frequently-visited places with just one tap. Pin your favorite driving destinations like school or a grocery store to quickly see directions, live traffic trends, disruptions on your route, and an accurate ETA—all without typing the place’s address. If you take public transit, you can pin specific routes, which will let you see accurate departure and arrival times, alerts from your local transit agency, and an up-to-date ETA right from the Go Tab. You can even pin multiple routes (including a driving route and a transit route) to the same destination to see which one will get you there most efficiently. The Go Tab starts rolling out on Android and iOS in the coming weeks. </p><br/><p>Be sure to check out other helpful Google Maps features on Android, like live transit crowdedness and Assistant driving mode to help you <a href="https://blog.google/products/maps/google-maps-updates-get-you-through-holidays/">navigate and get things done</a> this holiday season.</p><p><br/></p><h3>5. Android Auto expands to more countries</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Android Auto is rolling out to more countries" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/ASL_AndroidAuto_Expansion_BlogA_03.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p><br/></p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Over the next few months, <a href="http://android.com/auto">Android Auto</a> will be expanding to new countries, bringing your favorite apps and services from your phone onto your car display. With Android Auto, you can talk to Google to play music, send messages, get directions, and more, so you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. With phones running Android 10 and above, all you need to do to get started is plug your Android phone into a <a href="https://www.android.com/auto/compatibility/">compatible car</a>. For Android 9 and earlier phones, you can <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.projection.gearhead&amp;hl=en">download the app</a>.</p><h3><br/>6. Share your favorite apps with Nearby Share</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Send and receive apps without cell or wifi connection" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Android_NearbyShare_BlogAsset_Update_02_Ar.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>An upcoming update to <a href="https://blog.google/products/android/nearby-share/">Nearby Share</a> will let you share apps from Google Play with the people around you with an Android phone, even if you don’t have a cell or Wi-Fi connection. Simply open Google Play, go to the “Share Apps” menu in “My Apps &amp; Games,” select the apps you want to share, and let your friend accept the incoming apps. This update will roll out in the coming weeks.</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/android/new-features-winter-2020/AccessibilityAndroidGoogle PlayMapsarticle6 new ways Android can help this holiday seasonNew helpful Android features are available for the holidays, with updates on Gboard, Google Play, Maps and more.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Banner_01_1_UIgkIQc.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/android/new-features-winter-2020/Ajay GokhaleProduct Manager, AndroidGoogle Play’s Best of 2020https://blog.google/products/google-play/best-of-2020-winners/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>This year, the world came together over games, apps, movies and books, even when we were apart. Together, Google Play fans dove into four new and compelling novellas in “If It Bleeds,” as each took us intriguing places with the master of horror himself, Stephen King. We took one last ride with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the third installment of the “Bad Boys” universe. We embarked on a relaxing journey with “Loóna,” the app that guided us to better sleep through immersive stories. We also explored new lands as games like “Genshin Impact” gave us a stunning peek into the world of Teyvat. These titles are part of Google Play's Best of 2020, and there are even more games and apps to celebrate.</p><br/><p>Explore the lists below to see what titles users and Google Play editors loved–and check out the full lists in the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2020_xfn_hub">Best of 2020 section</a> of the Play Store.</p><br/><p><b>Users’ Choice 2020 (U.S.)</b></p><ul><li><p>Game: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tiltingpoint.spongebob">SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off</a> </p></li><li><p>App: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.disneyplus">Disney+</a> </p></li><li><p>Movie: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Bad_Boys_for_Life?id=9X1BRAVlE2s.P">Bad Boys for Life</a> </p></li><li><p>Book: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Stephen_King_If_It_Bleeds?id=AWSzDwAAQBAJ">If It Bleeds</a> by Stephen King </p></li></ul><br/><p><b>Best Game of 2020 (U.S.)</b><b>:</b> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.miHoYo.GenshinImpact">Genshin Impact</a></p><br/><p><b>Best App of 2020 (U.S.)</b>: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.loona">Loóna: Bedtime Calm &amp; Relax</a></p></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: 2020-best-apps-games" }' href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/2020-best-apps-games/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/apps_blog_post.max-500x500.png')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">A closer look at 2020’s best apps and games from Google Play</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">The app and game winners from Google Play's Best of 2020.</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><br/></p><p></p><p><b>Best Movies of 2020 - Top Five (U.S.)</b></p><ul><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Bill_Ted_Face_the_Music?id=vTYO6EZF1Lk.P">Bill &amp; Ted Face the Music</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Just_Mercy?id=4ONIbgWYcT8.P">Just Mercy</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Miss_Juneteenth?id=WG1aoCJtU8w.P&amp;jsmode=o&amp;hl=en">Miss Juneteenth</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Onward?id=x68MDY79JYM.P">Onward</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Parasite?id=oiF1dHVcqM8">Parasite</a></p></li></ul><br/><p>See the full list of our favorite movies of 2020 <a href="https://play.google.com/store/movies/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2020_movies_hub">on Google Play</a>. </p><br/><p><b>Best Books of 2020 - Top Five (U.S.)</b></p><ul><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Barack_Obama_A_Promised_Land?id=hvr4DwAAQBAJ&amp;jsmode=o">A Promised Land</a> by Barack Obama </p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/N_K_Jemisin_The_City_We_Became?id=526DDwAAQBAJ&amp;jsmode=o&amp;hl=en">The City We Became</a> by N.K. Jemisin </p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Tochi_Onyebuchi_Riot_Baby?id=eXaQDwAAQBAJ&amp;jsmode=o&amp;hl=en">Riot Baby</a> by Tochi Onyebuchi</p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Allie_Brosh_Solutions_and_Other_Problems?id=CQXRDwAAQBAJ">Solutions and Other Problems</a> by Allie Brosh</p></li><li><p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Alexis_Daria_You_Had_Me_at_Hola?id=KZ60DwAAQBAJ">You Had Me at Hola</a> by Alexis Daria </p></li></ul><br/><p>See the full list of our favorite books of 2020 <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2020_books_hub">on Google Play</a>. </p><p></p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/best-of-2020-winners/Google PlayarticleGoogle Play’s Best of 2020Celebrating the winners of Google Play's Best of 2020.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/FHR_NoVoting_100520.gifGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/best-of-2020-winners/Brett BouchardGlobal Head of EditorialGoogle PlayA closer look at 2020’s best apps and games from Google Playhttps://blog.google/products/google-play/2020-best-apps-games/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Today, Google Play announced the winners of our <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/best-of-2020-winners">Best of 2020 awards</a>, a celebration of apps, games, books, movies and other top content. As we close out this year, we’re taking a look at the apps reshaping our world, and the games giving us an opportunity to explore new ones. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Apps: a year of personal growth</h3><p>2020 changed the way we all live, work, and go about the routines that keep us grounded. It was a year of self-reflection and improvement, and many apps played a role in helping us find a path forward.</p><p>In the U.S., Chris Hemsworth helped us find our healthy “<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.centr.app&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Centr</a>” by connecting us with trainers, chefs and wellbeing experts, while <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.intellect.app&amp;hl=en_CA&amp;gl=US">Intellect</a> helped us focus on our traits, habits, and behaviors to overcome personal challenges with the help of a digital companion, through psychological training.</p><p>At the end of each day, we needed time to relax and recharge. So it’s only fitting that <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.disneyplus&amp;hl=en_CA&amp;gl=US">Disney+</a> claimed the U.S. Users’ Choice award for allowing us to dive into the Disney vault–Scrooge McDuck style. We sat back and relaxed with a wealth of content, from old fan favorites to new releases like The Mandalorian. To cap it off, our editors selected <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.loona">Loóna</a> as this year’s Best App for rethinking how we ease into sleep and helping us unwind.</p></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: best-of-2020-winners" }' href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/best-of-2020-winners/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/FHR_NoVoting_100520.gif')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">Google Play’s Best of 2020</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">Celebrating the winners of Google Play's Best of 2020.</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Games: a year captivated by casual </h3><p>This year’s selection of games varied more than ever, proving that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. </p><p>From embarking on breathtaking adventures in <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thevoxelagents.thegardensbetween&amp;hl=en_CA&amp;gl=US">The Gardens Between</a>, to channeling our inner wizards in <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zynga.pottermatch&amp;hl=en_CA&amp;gl=US">Harry Potter: Puzzles &amp; Spells</a>, then exploring the meaning of friendship through <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tgc.sky.android&amp;hl=en_CA&amp;gl=US">Sky: Children of the Light</a>, 2020’s best games in the U.S. warmed our hearts and challenged our minds. </p><p>The game that embodied this sentiment best is the one that brought us back to Bikini Bottom. That’s right, you rocked the vote and crowned <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tiltingpoint.spongebob&amp;hl=en_CA&amp;gl=US">SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off</a> the 2020 U.S. Users’ Choice winner. And <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.miHoYo.GenshinImpact&amp;hl=en_US&amp;gl=US">Genshin Impact</a> impressed our editors, winning Best Game for giving users a wondrous world to explore and countless mysteries to unravel. </p><p>Discover this year’s<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2020_games_hub">best games</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2020_apps_hub">best apps</a>, and check out the full list of winners in the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial_collection/promotion_topic_bestof2020_xfn_hub">Best of 2020 section</a> of the Play Store. </p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-play/2020-best-apps-games/Google PlayarticleA closer look at 2020’s best apps and games from Google PlayThe app and game winners from Google Play's Best of 2020.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/apps_blog_post.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-play/2020-best-apps-games/Brett BouchardGlobal Head of EditorialGoogle Play