Google Google Play has announced the winners of its year-end awards, including users' and editors' picks for the best apps, movies, TV shows and books. As has been the case for the last couple of years, users voted for their favorite in each category. Disney+ emerged as the top app of the year for users in the US, with SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off taking the honors in the gaming category. Their favorite movie is Bad Boys for Life and the users' choice award for book of the year went to If It Bleeds by Stephen King. Editors for the US version of Google Play had their say as well. They opted for Loóna, a bedtime relaxation app, as 2020's best and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-inspired Genshin Impact as the Play store’s finest game of the year. Their top five movies are Bill & Ted Face the Music, Just Mercy, Miss Juneteenth, Onward and the Oscar-winning Parasite. Editors' book picks include A Promised Land by Barack Obama, Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh and You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. The full list of awards included commendations in a number of other categories. Google Play editors included Chris Hemsworth's fitness and nutrition app Centr as one of their best personal growth apps and Zoom in the everyday essentials section. The United Nations' ShareTheMeal was named as one of the store's best apps for good, while Disney+ and Dolby On were mentioned in the best apps for fun list. Editors highlighted a number of other games too. Their indie game picks include Sky: Children of the Light and Gris. Among the selections in the best competitive games category are Legends of Runeterra, Gwent and Brawlhalla. In this article: bill and ted face the music, legends of runeterra, sharethemeal, brawlhalla, google, bill and ted, disney, loona, disney plus, sky children of the light, genshin impact, centr, disneyplus, gwent, dolby on, google play, zoom, gris, news, gear, gaming All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Sponsored Links TORU YAMANAKA via Getty Images A diverse variety of companies including Epic Games, Spotify, Match Group, Tile and others have formed an alliance to pressure Apple, Google and others to change their app store rules. The Coalition for App Fairness debuted today, stating that “Apple taxes consumers and crushes innovation,” and that it will advocate “freedom of choice and fair competition across the app ecosystem.” The group plans to push for new regulations governing how app stores can be run. Many of the members, including Epic, Spotify and Tile have already filed some sort of action against Apple or Google. Spotify has filed a complaint in the European court over high fees and Apple rules that favor its own products, while Tile has accused Apple of reducing its usability on iOS in favor of its own app, FindMy. Epic Games, meanwhile, tried to bypass the App Store altogether and found itself terminated from the store, developer tools and all. Coalition for App Fairness The coalition will allow those companies to pool resources and lobby as a group, while giving clout to smaller developers who could never tackle giants like Apple or Google alone. It’s open to “companies of any size, in any industry who are committed to protecting consumer choice, fostering competition and creating a level playing field for all app and game developers locally,” according to the coalition. The group has proposed a code of conduct it wants Apple and other store owners to adopt. It requests that developers should not pay “unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory fees,” that developers should have access to the platform’s technical details and that they shouldn’t be forced to use an exclusive app store, “including payment obligations.” Apple has always argued that it applies the same rules — and 30 percent cut — to all developers, with some of the revenue being used to run the store and pay for security, app review, hosting, distribution, fraud protection and payment processing. In the case of subscriptions, it has noted that the fees drop to 15 percent after the first year. As it noted with Spotify, “[They] wouldn’t be the business they are today without the App Store ecosystem, but now they're leveraging their scale to avoid contributing to maintaining that ecosystem for the next generation of app entrepreneurs. We think that's wrong.” In this article: Epic Games, Spotify, Match, Coalition for App Fairness, App Store, Google Play, competition, oversight, news, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Comments 84 Shares Share Tweet Share