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The 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards are Now Open for Voting

Posted by Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2015

It's time once again to figure out which mobile apps reign supreme with the 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards.

This year's nominees have been hand-picked from, well, everything. All the apps. And now that the hard part is over with, all you have to do is head on over to the official site to cast your vote by July 3. That's a bit over a month away, so you've got plenty of time to vote in all the categories.

The winners will be announced during Pocket Gamer Connects in San Francisco, which takes place on July 7 and 8.

Nominate Your Favorite iOS and Android Games for the 7th Annual Best App Ever Awards

Posted by Rob Rich on January 19th, 2015

That time of the year has come. Whether you're a gamer, app user, indie dev, or big-time games industry publisher, chances are you'd like to see your favourite game of the past year get some recognition.

The prestigious Best App Ever Awards, now in their 7th year, offer a great chance to give the limelight to games and apps that may otherwise miss out. The difference with these awards? The nominated titles are chosen by the public, all around the world. We've had millions of votes over the past seven years, and we're expecting millions more.

This year we're hosting the iOS and Android awards simultaneously rather than staggering them, so if you enjoy dual-wielding phones you'll be set for both.

We recommend all users, developers, and publishers follow @BestAppEver for all the Award updates, and use #BestAppEver to show everyone how you're voting.

The nomination process closes at midnight on January 31, so get nominating!

Winners of the 1st Annual Best App Ever Awards for Android Announced!

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 18th, 2014


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!

The Best App Ever Awards for Android set to be Revealed Tomorrow

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 17th, 2014


Us iOS enthusiasts have been able to enjoy the delights of the Best App Ever Awards for the past six years. Android owners haven't been so lucky though. That is, until now, where we're a mere 24 hours away from announcing the results of the very first Best App Ever Awards for Android.

The nomination phase lasted over two months with over 1,500 apps nominated in over 30 categories.

Here's a heads up of what categories will be announced tomorrow:

  • Most Innovative App
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Location-Based App
  • Most Useful App
  • Best Books & Reference App
  • Best Business App
  • Best Comics App
  • Best Communication App
  • Best Education App
  • Best Entertainment App
  • Best Finance App
  • Best Health and Fitness App
  • Best Lifestyle App
  • Best Live Wallpaper
  • Best Media and Video App
  • Best Medical App
  • Best Music and Audio App
  • Best News and Magazine App
  • Best Personalization App
  • Best Photography App
  • Best Productivity App
  • Best Shopping App
  • Best Social App
  • Best Sports App
  • Best Tool App
  • Best Transportation App
  • Best Travel & Local App
  • Best Weather App
  • Best Widget App

  • Most Innovative Game
  • Best Arcade and Action Game
  • Best Brain and Puzzle Game
  • Best Cards and Casino Game
  • Best Casual Game
  • Best Racing Game
  • Best Sports Game


And of course, the Best App Ever, covering all the different categories possible!

While we know you're all iOS loving folk, we thought you'd like to see how things work out for Android owners.

Check back here tomorrow and over on the official Best App Ever site at 8am PDT, to find out what's been crowned winner!

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Winners of the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards Announced!

Posted by Jeff Scott on March 27th, 2014

We are proud to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

With millions of votes cast for their favorite apps and games, visitors to the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards made this an amazing year. Without further ado, here are the winners:

Best App Ever Category

iOS Division


Winner: DEVICE 6 by Simogo


Second Place: Fantastical 2 for iPhone - Calendar and Reminders by Flexibits Inc.

Third Place: Minecraft - Pocket Edition by Mojang




Most Innovative App Category

iOS Division


Winner: IFTTT by IFTTT

Second Place: Mailbox by Orchestra, Inc.

Third Place: DEVICE 6 by Simogo




Best Visual Design Category

iOS Division


Winner: Paper by FiftyThree by FiftyThree, Inc.

Second Place: Procreate - Sketch, paint, create. by Savage Interactive Pty Ltd

Third Place: Infinity Blade III by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC



Hit the jump for the full list of winners in all categories of the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

Announcing the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 17th, 2013

We are very proud to announce the launch of the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

Now in the 6th year, the awards received over 5 million votes last year! The Best App Ever Awards were created to help bring attention to the favorite apps and games of the fans of iOS and Android devices, not the best selling. Each year fans help us pick the best apps and games in dozens of categories and award the developers well deserved praise.

The iOS award nominations will be open through January 15th, 2014. At that point we will tally the nominations and announce the final nominees for the 6th annual awards. Voting will open shortly after that.

The voting for the iOS awards will open on January 16th, 2014 and run through March 1st, 2014. The winners will be announced during the 2014 Macworld / iWorld Expo in San Francisco, March 27-29, 2014.

Start Nominating Now!

Tell Us Your Five Favorite Apps and Games, Over on Best App Ever

Posted by Peter Willington on July 9th, 2013

Celebrate the App Store's birthday with us -- share your favorite apps and games on Facebook.

It's hard to believe that just half a decade ago, apps weren't a "thing". If you wanted to game on the go, or be productive while mobile, your choices were few, you were usually limited to the in-built software for your phone. With apps though, pretty much anything's now possible. You can use your phone to write documents, find recipes, DJ, play all manner of games, oh yeah, and call and text.

So with this in mind, we're celebrating this landmark along with our friends at Pocket Gamer, PocketGamer.biz, AppSpy and beyond, over on the Best App Ever Facebook Page. Our editors and regular contributors will be documenting their five favorite apps and games of the last five years, along with their hopes for the App Store in the future.

We'd love for you to be a part of it too. Share your favorite five games, and your wishes for the store moving forward, over on the Best App Ever Facebook Wall.

The Best App Ever Awards - 5 Years Worth of Winners

Posted by Rob Rich on July 8th, 2013

The Best App Ever Awards have been around ever since ever since the App Store first came into being five years ago. Each year the best of the best have been culled from hundreds (even thousands) of releases. This list represents five years worth of winners, as decided by Best App Ever readers. Five years worth of apps and games that have been chosen above all others due to their all-around awesomeness. Five of the Best Apps Ever.

Here they are.

2008


Shazam (Shazam Entertainment)
A lot of people were pretty excited when the iPhone first came out, and it was apps like Shazam that helped to keep them that way. In a time when smartphones were being scoffed at, being able to hold your phone up to a speaker and have it identify whatever song is currently playing was pretty freaking impressive. It goes so far beyond kitschy stuff like virtual lighters or photo booths. This is an app that serves an incredibly useful purpose; especially for those of us who enjoy finding new music.

2008 was the App Store’s first year, and even then there was no shortage of great apps and games for iOS users to enjoy. The likes of eWallet, Fieldrunners, Facebook, and Rolando were all exemplary nominees. However, in the end they just weren’t able to compete with the ability to identify any song that’s playing on the radio, in a store, or wherever else. It’s simply too handy.

2009


Pocket God (Bolt Creative)
I don’t want to be presumptuous, but Bolt Creative may very well be responsible for creating the current “Feel like something’s missing? Wait for an update!” environment that has overtaken the App Store. With 47 (47!!!) episodes released to date, Pocket God is just might be the most thoroughly supported app in the world. This funky sandbox of wrongness has seen so many tweaks and changes over the years that it provides users with mini-games that cover almost every single popular genre on the App Store.

2009 was very close, but Pocket God managed to take first place over apps like 2Do and Twitter, and some wonderful games like Real Racing and Flight Control. Perhaps it was due to all the diversity inherent in all those episodes, or maybe people just really like torturing small virtual islanders. Whatever the reason, Bolt Creative captured a lot of hearts (and probably zapped them with lightning or tossed them to the sharks) that year.

2010


Angry Birds (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
Say and think what you will about Angry Birds and its current cultural phenomenon status; it’s still a clever game. Rovio’s little physics puzzler that could took the App Store by storm and has continued to do so with multiple spin-offs. Often duplicated, never replicated, this little bird-chucking game has solidified the genre as something synonymous with mobile gaming. There’s even one version that uses the “Star Wars” license. Honestly, there aren’t many other iOS games that can make that claim, and even fewer that aren’t directly affiliated with Lucasarts one way or another.

2010 saw the inclusion of a number of fantastic iOS games to the awards. Games like Infinity Blade, Real Racing 2, and Solipskier are all wonderful in their own right. That makes it all the more impressive so see them, and second place nominee Pocket Legends get edged out by a game about loading birds into a slingshot. Don’t underestimate the power of simple yet addictive gameplay.

2011


Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick Studios)
Barry Steakfries wasn’t new to the App Store when Jetpack Joyride was released, but it is the game that cemented his mobile celebrity status. Barry’s hijacking of a jetpack made of machine guns wasn’t exactly groundbreaking in terms of gameplay (think a hybrid of endless runners and classic corridor flying games like Copter), but Halfbrick polished the heck out of all the mechanics and absolutely overloaded it with personality. To this day it’s still one of the best examples of “just one more try” games on iOS.

2011 was a great year for iOS gamers. Infinity Blade II, World of Goo, Tiny Tower, Where’s My Water, and a whole lot more all made the list. To see little ol’ Barry with his impossible flying machine sitting above them all is a great indication of just how powerful and compulsive an extremely well-made endless game can be. Especially on a mobile platform.

2012


Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Telltale’s adventure games have been a bit hit-and-miss over the years, but pretty much everyone felt The Walking Dead was a major hit. Lee’s tale won over many a stone-hearted gamer, and the iOS release more or less cemented Apple’s mobile devices as viable gaming platforms. Making the tough choices isn’t any easier when it’s on a smaller screen, that’s for sure.

2012 was another great year; with games like Punch Quest and Outwitters, and apps like Clear and Action Movie FX narrowly edged out. It’s a testament to how far the App Store has come to see so many great and diverse offerings listed. And it’s a testament to Telltale Games’ ability to craft an incredible story about equally incredible characters to see Walking Dead: The Game come out on top.

Announcing the Winners of the 5th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

Posted by Jeff Scott on February 26th, 2013


5th Annual Best App Ever Awards


iOS Winners Announced


In an awards celebration in beautiful Barcelona earlier today, the winners of the 5th Annual Best App Ever Awards were announced. It has been an amazing year for apps and an amazing year for the Best App Ever Awards. Receiving over five million votes, the awards this year reached a new pinnacle.

Chillingo founders Joe Wee and Chris Byatte accept the award for Most Innovative Game for The Act. (photo credit Jonathan Morris)

Today we are proud to announce the winners for awards covering both iOS apps and games. Over five million votes were received in the five weeks of voting. Without further ado, here are the winners.

Best App Ever Category

Winner: Walking Dead: The Game by Telltale Inc

Second Place: Evernote by Evernote

Third Place: Minecraft Pocket Edition by Mojang




Here's a special note from Telltale accepting the win for the Best App Ever!

Most Innovative App Category


Winner: Launch Center Pro by App Cubby

Second Place: The Silent History by Ying Horowitz & Quinn LLC

Third Place: Figure by Propellerhead Software AB




Best Visual Design Category


Winner: Google Maps by Google, Inc.

Second Place: Paper by FiftyThree by FiftyThree, Inc.

Third Place: Clear by Realmac Software



Most Innovative Game Category


Winner: The Act by Chillingo Ltd

Second Place: The Room by Fireproof Games

Third Place: Plague Inc. by Ndemic Creations



For the full list of winners and nominees, head on over to Best App Ever. A text version is also available for quick reference.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!

Best App Ever iPhone App Released

Posted by Jeff Scott on January 31st, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It came a little late, but the Best App Ever voting app has been released. While voting on the Best App Ever Awards ends on the site at midnight Pacific tonight, it will be open in the app through February 6th. That's right, if you submit votes through the app you'll have nearly an extra week of voting.

So grab the app now, and continue voting! Or head to Best App Ever site and get your final votes in today.

Sponsored: Free App Slots announced as sponsor of Best App Ever

Posted by Peter Willington on January 16th, 2013

With voting for the fifth annual Best App Ever Awards well underway, Best App Ever is pleased to announce that this year's proceedings are being sponsored by Free App Slots.

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This Week at 148Apps: December 31-January 4

Posted by Chris Kirby on January 7th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad

When a week starts off with New Year's Eve, it's bound to be a good one, and this week was no exception at 148Apps.com. Site founder Jeff Scott started us off with a bang by saying, "We are proud to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Best App Ever Awards. The awards that celebrate the best apps available, not just the best selling. This year we saw an amazing response with over 715,000 nominations submitted for 6,755 unique apps!

Voting is now open and will remain open through January 31st, 2013. Winners will be announced in February and details on that are to come."

Want to see the complete list of nominees, and get in on the voting? Head to 148Apps.

Over at GiggleApps.com, Amy Solomon took a closer look at Hansel & Gretel: Lost, saying, "Hansel & Gretel: Lost is a well crafted re-telling of this classic story for iPad, wonderfully illustrated with animations as well as including top-notch narration, music and sound effects. Auto-play is also an option as well as silencing the narration to read this book by oneself.

It is easy to tell from the first page that this app is something special. The illustrations are lush with color and beautiful to look at with a marbled textured style that I always find appealing. Every element in this book is at a superlative level of quality that adults will greatly appreciate, as will their children."

Read Amy's complete review at GiggleApps.

Finally, AndroidRundown.com writer Carter Dotson took on the establishment and challenged the conventional wisdom about "iPhone Killer" hardware: "Well, it took a bit longer than expected, but it seems like Google is finally going to use their Motorola acquisition to actually make a standout phone for themselves, the “X Phone.” Or whatever the next Nexus device will be called.

The immediate speculation swirling around is that this is finally Google’s “iPhone Killer.” You know, like the other Nexus devices that were iPhone killers. I don’t think that anything at this point will be an iPhone killer. It just isn’t going to happen."

Read more of Carter's missive at AndroidRundown.

And so begins 2013! Keep track of all the latest happenings, including developments in the Best App Ever Awards, by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Pinterest. And from all of us across the 148Apps network of sites, have a Happy New Year!

Announcing the Nominees of the 5th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

Posted by Jeff Scott on January 3rd, 2013

We are proud to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Best App Ever Awards. The awards that celebrate the best apps available, not just the best selling. This year we saw an amazing response with over 715,000 nominations submitted for 6,755 unique apps!

Voting is now open and will remain open through January 31st, 2013. Winners will be announced in February and details on that are to come.

Best App Ever


The overall best app of the year. Nominees are the apps that received the most nominations across all categories
» Action Movie FX from Bad Robot Interactive
» Clear from Realmac Software
» Evernote from Evernote
» Google Maps from Google, Inc.
» Minecraft – Pocket Edition from Mojang
» Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour from Gameloft
» Outwitters from One Man Left
» Punch Quest from Rocketcat Games
» The Room from Fireproof Games
» Walking Dead: The Game from Telltale Inc


Hit the jump for the list of the remaining nominees in the 100+ categories. Or head right on over to Best App Ever to start voting. Best of luck everyone!

Last Chance: Best App Ever Nominations Close Monday!

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 27th, 2012

The final hours of 2012 are here. In 2012, we've survived the end of the world, no worse for wear, and it's on to whatever 2013 holds. But as you are preparing for your New Year's Eve, remember to submit your last minute Best App Ever nominations.

Nominations have already surpassed 400,000 but there is still a chance to have your voice heard. Nominations close at midnight, Pacific time (GMT-8) on December 31. Get your nominations in now!

5th Annual Best App Ever Awards Launched

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 13th, 2012

In late 2008, in response to then mounting chart pressure, we started the Best App Ever Awards to honor some of the best apps available, not just the best selling. At that time, and it's ever more true now, high position on the top apps charts was thought of by many to be the only measure of success. We knew there were better ways to honor the best apps, and started the Best App Ever Awards.

Now in it's 5th year, the goal of the Best App Ever Awards remains unchanged. Honor the best apps, even if they are not chart toppers. It's with great pride that we open up this years awards for nominations.

The Best App Ever awards is the one of the most prestigious awards for mobile apps and games. Last year over 1,500,000 votes were cast in the quest to find the best. This year it’s back bigger and better than ever. Users can nominate their favorite apps and games in any of over 100 categories by heading to the app nomination page and choosing a category.

Nominations are open through the end of the year. After that the nominations will be tallied and the top ten iOS apps in each category will battle it out for the awards. In addition, the ten iOS apps that get the most nominations overall will fight it out for the title of Best App Ever.

Start nominating your favorite apps and games now, head on over to Best App Ever!!