Google picks the list based on total number of downloads in each category. Apart from apps, the company also named the best-selling albums and films for the year. Everything mentioned below is available through the Google Play Store and recommended for downloading right now.
Best Android Apps of 2014
Google selected the most downloaded apps from each of the following categories: Education, Health & Fitness, Music, Photography, Social, Entertainment, Sports, and Travel. Health & Fitness was also named the fastest growing.
- Education: Duolingo (Free) - Learn languages like Spanish, French, etc
- Entertainment: Netflix (Free) - Stream films and TV shows, including old and new stuff
- Health & Fitness: MyFitnessPal (Free) - Keep a diet journal and count calories
- Music: Pandora (Free) - Stream tunes from curated internet radio stations
- Photography: Flipagram (Free) - Create music video-like stories from your photos
- Social: Facebook (Free) - Connect and network with friends and family
- Sports: NFL Mobile (Free) - Get football news, in-game highlights, live game scores, etc
- Travel: TripAdvisor (Free) - Plan a trip based on other travelers' reviews, photos, etc
Google selected the most downloaded games in 2014, overall. It also announced Play Games users unlocked 3.5 billion achievements throughout the year.
- Candy Crush Saga (Free) - Play a puzzle video game starring candy
- Don’t Tap The White Tile (Free) - Do exactly what the game title says
- Farm Heroes Saga (Free) - From the makers of Candy Crush; switch and match crops
- Subway Surfers (Free) - Help Jake and friends escape by dashing and dodging trains
- Clash of Clans (Free) - Build your village and keep raiders out
Google listed everything from the best comeback film to the most searched actor on Google Play, but we'll focus on what you really want to know: the best film, TV show, and album of the year.
- Film: Frozen ($14.99 to buy) - Musical fantasy-comedy film by Disney
- TV show: The Walking Dead ($1.99 per episode) - Zombie apocalypse show by AMC
- Album: Frozen ($9.49 to buy) - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Disney's Frozen