App Store Awards celebrate the best apps and games of 2022

App Store Awards 2022 – Discover

For over a decade, the App Store editorial team has taken a moment at the end of the year to celebrate the very best apps and games. We’ve heralded the work of individual self-taught developers and huge international teams.

With so many wonderful apps on the App Store all over the world, selecting just a few award winners is no easy task. As always, we focus on technical innovation, user experience, and design. Then we consider the impact these apps have had on our lives.

It’s our honor to celebrate this year’s winners. Enjoy!

iPhone App of the Year: BeReal

A social media sensation that gave us an authentic look into the lives of our friends and family.

Download BeReal from the App Store

iPhone Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile

This thoughtfully reengineered groundbreaking battle royale is its best version to date.

Download Apex Legends Mobile from the App Store

iPad App of the Year: GoodNotes 5

With best-in-class Apple Pencil support and powerful collaboration tools, the gold standard of digital notetaking got even better.

Download GoodNotes 5 from the App Store

iPad Game of the Year: Moncage

A stunningly fresh spin on mobile puzzling that expanded our minds and got us thinking in thrilling new ways.

Download Moncage from the App Store

Mac App of the Year: MacFamilyTree

We loved documenting and visualizing our family history with this comprehensive genealogy app.

Download MacFamilyTree from the Mac App Store

Mac Game of the Year: Inscryption

The surprises never stop in this deep deck-building adventure.

Download Inscryption from the Mac App Store

Apple Watch App of the Year: Gentler Streak

A fitness tracker that encouraged us to tune in to our bodies—and take a rest when we needed.

Download Gentler Streak from the App Store

Apple TV App of the Year: ViX

A Spanish-language streamer that brought together the drama we love and the sports that get our heart pumping.

Download ViX from the App Store

Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijo

We loved how this spirited stealth adventure values brains over brawn—and looks stunning on the big screen.

Download El Hijo from the App Store

Arcade Game of the Year: Wylde Flowers

With remarkably authentic diversity, this life sim’s idyllic world makes free expression (and casting spells) incredibly fun.

Download Wylde Flowers from Apple Arcade

Cultural Impact Winners:

Dot’s Home

Shining a spotlight on historical injustices through a compelling time-travel tale.

Download Dot’s Home

How We Feel

Helping us engage more deeply with our emotions—and providing strategies for addressing them in the moment.

Download How We Feel from the App Store


Honoring the heritage of the Inuit, whose folklore gives a breathtaking tale its beating heart.

Download Inua from the App Store

Locket Widget

Bringing friends and family closer by helping us see the small moments we otherwise might miss.

Download Locket Widget from the App Store


Encouraging everyone to stay hydrated through a winning combination of gentle guidance and adorable characters.

Download Waterllama from the App Store

Originally published on November 28, 2022 on the App Store Today tab.

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How to watch the 94th Academy Awards on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV

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The Oscars are the biggest media awards of the year, and this time Apple TV+ films stand a chance of winning some major prizes. Here’s how to watch the 94th Academy Awards from the comfort of your sofa.

The Academy Awards on Sunday will be a high-stakes event for Apple, as a pair of its films are up for awards. Both “CODA” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” are up for three, with the former up for the big prize of Best Picture.

If you want to see the awards live, instead of watching clips on social media or news articles detailing the winners, you will have to tune in. Here’s what you need to know.

United States

The awards ceremony officially starts at 8 P.M. Eastern, 5 P.M. Pacific, and will be broadcast on ABC in the United States.

If you want to watch it from your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or other device, you can take advantage of various streaming services that carry ABC. This includes Hulu’s Live TV offering and YouTube TV, among others.

ABC also operates its own app and streams via its website, though you will have to authenticate your TV provider to gain access.

If you cannot watch the show live, it will be available to view on-demand via streaming services sometime after the ceremony ends.

International Viewing

The Oscars ceremony is being broadcast in over 200 territories around the world. However, due to licensing, the broadcaster or streaming service will vary between countries.

While it is advised to check local broadcasters and streaming services to see if they carry the presentation, the Academy has published an abridged list of countries and broadcasters.

In Canada, it will be broadcast via CTV. In the UK, it will be via Sky’s various platforms. French viewers will have to watch Canal+, whereas Germany’s broadcast is via ProSieben.

In most cases, broadcasters provide a streaming app to use, so you should still be able to watch the stream on your devices instead of the normal broadcast.

Celebrating Incredible Mobile Apps: Annual Mobile App Awards to Recognise Kenya’s Finest in 2021 ▷ Kenya News

  • The first Annual Mobile App Summit and Awards will recognise and celebrate the best mobile applications in Kenya in 2021
  • Approximately 150 guests will gather at the Annual Gala Dinner, in line with the Ministry of Health (MoH) COVID-19 protocols, to celebrate the industry’s finest
  • Some incredible speakers have also been lined up to speak at the gala dinner slated for Friday, December 10

The Mobile App Awards Gala Dinner, organised by Vibrant Digital, is set to take place tomorrow, Friday, December 10, at Prideinn-Westlands Banquette Center, Westlands Road.

Celebrating Incredible Mobile Apps: Tipped for Award at Annual Mobile App Summit and Awards 2021
Annual Mobile App Summit and Awards 2021 Ceremony to be held in Nairobi, Westlands on Friday, December 10, 2021. Photo: Vibrant Digital.
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An estimated 150 guests will gather at the Annual Gala Dinner to celebrate the best in the mobile industry, with incredible speakers lined up to speak, according to the event’s organiser and sponsor Vibrant Digital.

Vibrant Digital runs a series of events with a variety of topics across a range of sectors, including eCommerce, Mobile Apps, Digital Technology and many more.

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About the Annual Mobile App Awards

As already indicated above, the Annual Mobile App Summit and Awards recognise and celebrate the best practices in mobile app design, animation and user experience across a range of categories.

“Our mission is to celebrate the mobile industry by showcasing incredible mobile apps developed in Kenya or for the Kenyan market and the companies behind them,” says Vibrant Digital.

News app of the year, which has also over the years dominated the Annual Digital Tech Excellence Awards, will be recognised under the Mobile App of the Year | News.

Below is the full list of categories of the awards for best mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android:

1. Mobile App of the Year | Entertainment

2. Mobile App of the Year | Business & Finance

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3. Mobile App of the Year | Games

4. Mobile App of the Year | Productivity & Utilities

5. Mobile App of the Year | Health & Lifestyle

6. Mobile App of the Year | Social & Communications

7. Mobile App of the Year | Education

8. Mobile App of the Year | Government Services

9. Mobile App of the Year | News

10. Mobile App of the Year | Travel

11. Mobile App of the Year | Gambling

12. Mobile Apps of the Year | Agri-Tech

13. Mobile App of the Year | Transport or Logistics

14. Mobile App of the Year | Food & Beverage

15. Mobile App of the Year | Food & Beverage

16. Mobile App of the Year | Social Impact

17. Mobile App of the Year | Enterprise Solution

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18. Mobile App of the Year | Interface Design

19. Mobile App of the Year | Onboarding Experience

20. Mobile Engagement Solutions Company of the Year

21. Best Mobile App/Software Development Training

22. Mobile App Developer of the Year

23. New Mobile App of the Year

24. Innovation Award

25. Agency of the Year (Boutique)

26. Agency of the Year (Full Size)

27. Mobile App of the Year 2021 (Overall)

Kenya a hotbed of mobile apps

Annual Mobile App Awards 2021 ceremony comes just days after a report by Mastercard revealed Kenya and by extension Africa had become fertile ground for the growth of super-apps.

A super app is a mobile application that provides multiple services, including payments and financial transaction processing.

The Mastercard report titled From online bazaar to one-stop-shop: The rise of super-apps in the Middle East and Africa indicates locally active super-apps proliferate across the Middle East and Africa region, but more prominent cross-regional players remain few.

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App Store Awards honor the best apps and games of 2021

Balance and Pokémon UNITE top Google Play’s ‘Best of 2021’ Awards – TechCrunch

Google today announced the winners of its “Best of 2021” app awards, which highlight both the company’s and users’ picks for the best apps and games from the past year. This year, Google is expanding its awards lineup to include apps and games on tablets, Wear OS and Google TV, it says. Its U.S. winners included meditation app Balance as its app of the year and top game Pokémon UNITE. Meanwhile, Paramount+ and Garena Free Fire MAX won the user’s choice awards.

In 2020, the award winners had reflected a world undergoing a pandemic, where stressed users had turned to apps and soothing games to relax — like top sleep app Loóna, which was last year’s “Best App,” or escapist games like winner Genshin Impact.

With the early days of the pandemic now behind us, some of this year’s award winners are apps that now focus on personal growth and creativity, instead of just relaxing or escaping. This, too, seems to reflect where we are as a society. Over this past year, we saw the “great resignation” where U.S. employees voluntarily quit their unfulfilling, underpaid jobs in search of something better, and the creator economy began to boom as people pursued their passions.

In addition to Best of 2021 app Balance, which offers personalized meditation, other personal development-styled winners include Moonly, an app for “harmonizing your life” with the lunar calendar; a “comedic relaxation” app, Laughscape; a hypnotherapy app for women, Clementine; better sleep app Sleep Cycle; mentorship community Mentor Spaces; habit tracker and planner Rabit; and an app for navigating grief from loss, Empathy.

Other winners showcased how we adapted to pandemic life, as with audio chatroom Clubhouse, tools for reducing screen time, like Speechify, or those for reconnecting with nature, like Blossom.

In addition to winner Balance, the full lineup of app winners includes the following:

Best Apps for Good 

Best Everyday Essentials 

Best for Fun 

Best Hidden Gems

Best for Personal Growth 

Best for Tablets  

Best for Wear 

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The year’s best games were led by top game Pokémon UNITE, which focused on cross-platform gaming.

“Pokémon Unite is Pokémon’s first strategic team battle game, co-developed by The Pokémon Company and TiMi Studio Group. We tried to distill the best parts of the MOBA genre to create a new kind of game, but I must admit that I was unsure if it would be well received by players around the world,” noted Masaaki Hoshino, Producer, Pokémon UNITE, in a statement. T”his award shows that our game has been positively received by fans and the media, and while this is a great relief, at the same time it reaffirms our determination to continue doing our best to make Pokémon UNITE an even more exciting experience that meets our players’ expectations,” he added.

The larger lineup also included indie experiences like the introspective Bird Alone, which challenges you to become friends with the “loneliest bird in the world.” Annapurna Interactive’s Donut County won for its physics-based puzzle game, among others.

The full list of game winners included:

Best Competitive 

Best Game Changers

Best Indies 

Best Pick Up & Play

Best for Tablets

Each country will have its own list of winning apps and games which can be found in the new Best of 2021 section of the Play Store. The above are Google Play’s U.S. winners.

Apple announces second annual Apple Music Awards

Apple loves music. With iPod and iTunes, Apple revolutionized the music experience by putting a thousand songs in your pocket. Today, Apple Music takes this to the ultimate with over 70 million songs, thousands of playlists, and daily selections from the world’s best music experts, including all of the artists and hosts broadcasting daily across its Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music Country global live streams. Since 2015, Apple Music has welcomed tens of millions of subscribers in 167 countries. Streaming seamlessly to iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac, HomePod, and CarPlay, Apple Music is the most complete music experience on the planet. Apple Music is also available on popular smart TVs, smart speakers, Android and Windows devices, and more — as well as online at