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2023’s Award-Winning Apps & Games: Apple and Google’s Top Picks for Your Digital Life

– Apple’s iPhone App of the Year: AllTrails, a hiking and biking companion app.
– Google’s Android App of the Year: Dream by WOMBO, an AI-powered art creation app.
– Apple’s iPad App of the Year: GoodNotes 5, a note-taking app.
– Apple’s Mac App of the Year: MacFamilyTree 10, a genealogy app.
– Apple’s Apple TV App of the Year: ViX, a Spanish-language streaming service.
– Apple’s Apple Watch App of the Year: Gentler Streak, a fitness tracker.
– Apple’s iPhone Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile, a battle royale game.
– Apple’s iPad Game of the Year: Moncage, a puzzle game.
– Apple’s Mac Game of the Year: Inscryption, a card-based dark adventure game.
– Apple’s Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijo, a stealth game.
– Apple’s Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Wylde Flowers, a farming and life simulation game.
– Google’s Android Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile.
– Cultural Impact Winners: How We Feel, Dot’s Home, Locket Widget, Waterllama, and Inua – A Story in Ice and Time.

It’s that time of the year when the tech giants roll out the red carpet for their digital superstars. Apple and Google have just crowned their top apps and games, and it’s like the Oscars for the app world, minus the designer dresses and awkward speeches.

Leading the pack for Apple’s iPhone App of the Year is AllTrails, your go-to digital companion for outdoor adventures. Think of it as a personal guide that doesn’t complain when you ask it for the hundredth time if you’re almost at the top. Google, on the other hand, went artsy with Dream by WOMBO, an app that lets you create masterpieces with a little help from AI – because who needs a muse when you have algorithms?

For the note-takers and doodlers, Apple’s iPad App of the Year is GoodNotes 5, turning your tablet into a digital notebook that never runs out of pages. And for those who love digging into their family history, MacFamilyTree 10 snagged Apple’s Mac App of the Year, proving that tracing your ancestry can be more than just a hobby for retired folks.

Apple TV’s top spot went to ViX, a streaming service that caters to the Spanish-speaking crowd, while the Apple Watch crowned Gentler Streak as its App of the Year, a fitness tracker that probably won’t guilt-trip you for skipping leg day.

Now, let’s talk games. Apex Legends Mobile shot its way to the top as Apple’s iPhone Game of the Year, bringing the battle royale experience to your pocket. Puzzle enthusiasts got a treat with Moncage, Apple’s iPad Game of the Year, while Inscryption dealt the winning hand as Apple’s Mac Game of the Year. For Apple TV, El Hijo snuck into the spotlight with its stealth gameplay, and Wylde Flowers charmed its way into Apple Arcade’s Game of the Year with a mix of farming and magic.

Google agreed with Apple on the gaming front, also giving Apex Legends Mobile the title of Android Game of the Year. As for apps that made a cultural splash, Apple highlighted a few that made us feel all the feels, like How We Feel, and others that took us on a journey through time and space, like Inua – A Story in Ice and Time.

In summary, this year’s top apps and games are a mixed bag of outdoor adventure, artistic expression, historical exploration, and digital farming. Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, unleash your inner artist, or escape into a game, there’s something for everyone in this lineup.

Now for the hot take: these winners aren’t just shiny icons on your screen; they’re a glimpse into what we value as a society. Fitness, creativity, history, and, of course, entertainment – these apps and games reflect our diverse interests and the ever-evolving tech landscape. For businesses, this is a goldmine of insight. Understanding what’s trending can help you tailor your products, marketing strategies, and even your company culture to align with the interests of your audience. So, whether you’re in the business of app development or just looking to stay ahead of the curve, keep an eye on these winners – they’re more than just apps; they’re the signposts of our digital times.

Original article: https://techcrunch.com/2023/11/29/apple-and-google-avoid-naming-chatgpt-as-their-app-of-the-year-picking-alltrails-and-imprint-instead/