Google Play’s Android Excellence collections highlight the quarter’s best apps and games

Google today launched Android Excellence, a new Google Play program that showcases the highest quality Android apps and games of the quarter. The picks are made based on user experiences, use of Google’s best practices, great design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization.

The goal here is two-fold. For users, Google is simply offering yet another way to help them find great apps and games. For developers, it’s a form of recognizing their work.

There are two Android Excellence collections, one for apps and one for games. The collections will refresh quarterly and are available on the revamped Editors’ Choice section of the Google Play store.

Here are the first 16 Android Excellence apps:

And the first 16 Android Excellence games:

  • After the End Forsaken Destiny
  • CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars
  • Golf Clash
  • Hitman Go
  • Horizon Chase
  • Kill Shot Bravo
  • Lineage Red Knights
  • Nonstop Knight
  • Pac-Man 256 – Endless Maze
  • Pictionary
  • Reigns
  • Riptide GP: Renegade
  • Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
  • Titan Brawl
  • Toca Blocks
  • Transformers: Forged to Fight
  • Google says it has seen “a significant increase in the level of polish and quality of apps and games on Google Play.” There’s likely not timeframe tied to this statement — there are 2 billion active Android devices out there, so developers know the market is massive and thus competition is fierce.

    Also today, Google released a new Playbook beta. The Playbook app lets developers set objectives and provides a tailored list of the latest articles and videos from Google experts and across the web.