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Even though we’re iOS loving people around here, we’re still proud to announce the winners of the very first Best App Ever Awards for Android!

With 1,500 apps nominated for over 30 categories, over two months, it’s been a fantastic success at finding the very best apps and games out there. Here are the winners:

Best App Ever – Android Division


Winner: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Second Place: SolGroup by SolStudio at Daum
Third Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.

Most Innovative App – Android Division


Winner: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Second Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.
Third Place: SnapChat by Snapchat Inc.

Best Visual Design – Android Division


Winner: Timely Alarm Clock by Bitspin
Second Place: JotterPad (Writer) by 2 App Studio
Third Place: Smart Volume Control+ by Direct-services s.r.o.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners in all categories of the 1st Annual Best App Ever for Android Awards!

Best Location-Based App – Android Division


Winner: Maps by Google Inc.
Second Place: Ingress by NianticLabs@Google
Third Place: Family Locator – GPS Tracker by Sygic

Most Useful App – Android Division


Winner: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc
Second Place: Pocket by Read It Later
Third Place: Smart Volume Control + by Direct-services s.r.o.

Best Books & Reference App – Android Division


Winner: Amazon Kindle by Amazon Mobile LLC
Second Place: Google Play Books by Google Inc.
Third Place: Dictionary by Farlex

Best Business App – Android Division


Winner: Kingsoft Office FREE + PDF by Kingsoft Office Software Corporation Limited
Second Place: Time tracker – Mobile Worker by Mobile Worker
Third Place: GoToMeeting by Citrix

Best Comics App – Android Division


Winner: Bitstrips by Bitstrips
Second Place: Cyanide & Happiness
Third Place: Comics by ComiXology

Best Communication App – Android Division


Winner: Skype – free IM & video calls by Skype
Second Place: Rebtel: Cheap and Free Calls
Third Place: SolGroup – Organize groups by SolStudio at Daum

Best Education App – Android Division


Winner: Teacher Aide Pro 2 by In Pocket Solutions
Second Place: English game by BENBEN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
Third Place: Teacher App & Grade Book by AB Mobile Apps

Best Entertainment App – Android Division


Winner: Facebook by Facebook
Second Place: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Third Place: Real Racing 3 by EA Mobile

Best Finance App – Android Division


Winner: XE Currency by XE.com Inc.
Second Place: Yahoo Finance by Yahoo
Third Place: Mint.com Personal Finance

Best Health and Fitness App – Android Division


Winner: Zombies, Run! by IT Connect
Second Place: miCoach train & Run by Adidas
Third Place: Baby Wonder Weeks Milestones

Best Lifestyle App – Android Division


Winner: Instagram by Instagram
Second Place: Timely Alarm Clock by Bitspin
Third Place: Gardening Manager by Artmoni mobile

Best Live Wallpaper – Android Division


Winner: Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers by Zedge Holdings
Second Place: Water Falling Live Wallpaper by DroidofDroid
Third Place: 3D Image Live Wallpaper by Opotech

Best Media and Video App – Android Division


Winner: YouTube by Google Inc.
Second Place: MX Player by J2 Interactive
Third Place: Netflix by Netflix, Inc.

Best Medical App – Android Division


Winner: Patient.co.uk by Patient.co.uk
Second Place: WebMD for Android by WebMD, LLC
Third Place: iURO Andrology by AC Simulation

Best Music and Audio App – Android Division


Winner: Google Play Music by Google Inc.
Second Place: Poweramp Music Player (Trial) by Max MP
Third Place: Spotify by Spotify Ltd.

Best News and Magazine App – Android Division


Winner: Flipboard: Your News Magazine by Flipboard
Second Place: BBC News for Phone by BBC Worldwide Limited
Third Place: Appy Geek – Tech news by News Republic

Best Personalization App – Android Division


Winner: Buzz Launcher by Homepack Buzz Team
Second Place: Nova Launcher Prime by TeslaCoil Software
Third Place: ZEDGE Ringtones & Wallpapers by Zedge

Best Photography App – Android Division


Winner: Instagram by Instagram
Second Place: PicsArt – Photo Studio by PicsArt
Third Place: Snapseed by Nik Software, Inc.

Best Productivity App – Android Division


Winner: SolMail – All-in-One mail app by SolStudio at Daum
Second Place: SolGroup – Organize groups by SolStudio at Daum
Third Place: JotterPad (Writer) by 2 App Studio

Best Shopping App – Android Division


Winner: Amazon by Amazon Mobile LLC
Second Place: TheFind: Scan, Search, Shop by TheFind.com
Third Place: eBay by eBay Mobile

Best Social App – Android Division


Winner: Facebook by Facebook
Second Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.
Third Place: Twitter by Twitter, Inc.

Best Sports App – Android Division


Winner: Livescore Soccer Tennis by Sportytrader Livescore
Second Place: Live Football by Sportytrader Livescore
Third Place: theScore: Sports & Scores by theScore, Inc.

Best Tool App – Android Division


Winner: Calendar Repair Free by Valery Domozhirov
Second Place: GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas by GasBuddy.com
Third Place: Baby Wonder Weeks Milestones by Domus Technica

Best Transportation App – Android Division


Winner: Maps by Google Inc.
Second Place: Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic
Third Place: Transit App by Transit App, Inc.

Best Travel & Local App – Android Division


Winner: TripAdvisor by TripAdvisor
Second Place: Gvidi – your personal guide by AlterGeo
Third Place: GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas by Gasbuddy.com

Best Weather App – Android Division


Winner: Weather Live by Apalon Apps
Second Place: WeatherBug by Earth Networks
Third Place: The Weather Channel for Android by The Weather Channel

Best Widget App – Android Division


Winner: Beautiful Widgets Pro by LevelUp Studio
Second Place: Smart Volume Control + by Direct-services s.r.o.
Third Place: HD Widgets by cloud.tv

Most Innovative Game – Android Division


Winner: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Second Place: Doctor Who: Legacy by Tiny Rebel Games
Third Place: Clash of Clans by Supercell

Best Arcade and Action Game – Android Division


Winner: GraalOnline Era by Eurocenter
Second Place: Dhoom:3 The Game by 99Games
Third Place: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games

Best Brain and Puzzle Game – Android Division


Winner: Doctor Who: The Legacy by Tiny Rebel Games
Second Place: 7 Little Words by Blue Ox Technologies Ltd.
Third Place: Cut the Rope FULL FREE by ZeptoLab

Best Cards and Casino Game – Android Division


Winner: UNO & Friends by Gameloft
Second Place: Solitaire by MobilityWare
Third Place: Big Fish Casino – Free Poker, Slots, Blackjack and More! by Big Fish Games

Best Casual Game – Android Division


Winner: Candy Crush Saga by King.com
Second Place: Clash of Clans by Supercell
Third Place: Circulets: the game for families, friends and parties by Hashstash Studios

Best Racing Game – Android Division


Winner: Riptide GP2 by Vector Unit
Second Place: Asphalt 8: Airborne
Third Place: Real Racing 3 by Electronic Arts Inc

Best Sports Game – Android Division

Winner: FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS by Electronic Arts Inc
Second Place: Official Speedway GP 2013 by Vivid Games S.A.
Third Place: Slingshot Racing by Crescent Moon Games

The Best App Ever Awards for Android are sponsored by iDreamSky, the largest mobile game publishing platform in China by active users.

via: Best App Ever Awards