Google Play’s Best Apps of 2020 Reflect a Year of Personal Growth

updated Dec 6, 2020
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Meditation, health and fitness, and other forms of wellness were major themes in Google Play’s best apps of 2020, reflecting a focus on personal growth amid a particularly turbulent year. This month, Google Play announced the winners of their Best of 2020 Awards and recognized some of the top apps, games, books, and films of the year—and no surprise here, but folks collectively spent more time cultivating their mental and physical wellness. 

The coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered the way we work, live, and play, so it makes sense that these changes are reflected in our apps. Centr by Chris Hemsworth, a health and fitness app from the Australian actor that focuses on workouts and meal plans, came out as one of Google Play’s top apps, followed by Intellect, a health and fitness app that offers psychological training and insights on your traits, habits, and behaviors.

Loóna, a bedtime calm and relaxation app, also reigned as a Google Play winner. A solution to the dreaded doomscrolling that you no doubt engage in every night, Loóna helps you disconnect from the day and get a better nights’ sleep. 

Meanwhile, on the non-wellness end, entertainment streaming service Disney+ claimed the top spot in the U.S. Users’ Choice Award. It’s safe to assume that the streamer’s abundance of content—from beloved classics like “The Simpsons” to brand new titles like “The Mandalorian”—provided comfort and relaxation to quarantine dwellers across the nation this year. Baby Yoda’s weekly antics are, in fact, meditative, folks! 

Elsewhere, some of Google Play’s best books include “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Ready Player Two: A Novel” by Ernest Cline; and some best films include “Bill & Ted Face The Music,” “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” and “Ava.” Explore the rest of Google Play’s Best of 2020 on Google.