Google I/O 2016 is just around the corner. It will be held in a new location in Mountain View, California and we’re excited to know who will win the ‘2016 Android Experiments I/O Challenge’. This year, the Google Play Awards will be held first at the tech event as one way to recognize the best apps and the best developers in the Android community.

According to the Android developer team, Google Play reached over a billion users the past year all over the world. About 190 countries have active Android mobile users now. For the first time ever, the tech giant is holding the Google Play Awards.

A panel of experts decided on ten (10) award categories with five nominees each. Criteria were set looking on app quality, innovation, and a major update in the last 12 months. Winner will be announced at the Google I/O conference.

Listed below are the nominees on each category. See if your favorite app or game is included. If you’re not familiar with some of the apps listed, feel free to check them out.

Standout Startup
(App company that saw a unique experience while achieving strong install growth)
• Dubsmash
• Hopper
• Vrse

Standout Indie
(Games from indie devs that focus on artistic design, high quality, and innovative gameplay)
• Alphabear
• Alto’s Adventure
• Fast like a Fox
• Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

Best Families App
(Games or apps with family-friendly design)
• Card Wars – Adventure Time
LEGO Jurassic World
• My Very Hungry Caterpillar
• Thinkrolls 2
• Toca Nature

Best Use of Material Design
(Apps that show first-class implementation of material design concepts )

• Bring!
• Robinhood
• The Fabulous

Best Use of Google Play Game Services
(Games with several strong GPGS feature implementations)
• Sea Battle 2
• Table Tennis Touch
• Tapventures
TowerMadness 2
Zombie Highway 2

Early Adopter
(App that offers a delightful user experience)

• Glide
• Mechanic Escape
Minecraft: Story Mode
• World Around Me
• Zumper

Go Global
(Apps or games with great localization and culturalization, or subject matter appeal, across multiple regions.)
Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle
• Freeletics Bodyweight
• Memrise
• Musixmatch
• Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

Most Innovative
(Apps that offer highly engaging novelty experience or unique benefit)

• Fast like a Fox
• SmartNews
• The Fabulous
• This War of Mine

Best App
(Great overall prsentation of beautiful design, high user appeal, intuitive UX, and high user appeal)

BuzzFeed News
• Colorfy
• Houzz
• TuneIn
• Radio
• Yummly

Best Game
(Games with strong mechanics, broad appeal, tasteful design, and informative tutorial)

• Alphabear
• Clash of Kings
Clash Royale
• MARVEL Future Fight
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

The 2016 Google Play Awards ceremony will be held on May 19, 7:00PM (PDT), Stage 7 at the Google I/O conference. If you’re attending the event, know that the Google I/O session schedule is now available, as well as, a list of all the sessions and speakers.

SOURCE: Android Developers Blog