Google Play reveals top apps, games and media of 2016

By Shawn Knight
Dec 1, 2016
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  1. The holidays are rapidly approaching and before you know it, we’ll be rolling the calendar over to 2017. As the year comes to a close, it’s important to take a moment and reflect on the events that shaped 2016 which is exactly what Google did on Thursday.

    Google Play’s “Best of 2016” recognizes the most popular apps, games, streamed songs, movies, TV shows and books of the year. Some entries, like Pokémon Go’s place atop the games list, are a given while others may surprise you (I wouldn’t have guessed that Deadpool would finish as Google Play’s top movie, for example).

    That said, here are the top five lists for the most popular content on Google Play at the global scale:

    Top trending apps of 2016

    • 1. Face Changer 2
    • 2. Lumyer - Photo & Selfie Editor
    • 3. Castbox - Podcast Radio Music
    • 4. Emoji Keyboard Pro
    • 5. MSQRD

    Top trending games of 2016

    • 1. Pokémon GO
    • 2. Clash Royale
    • 3. Traffic Rider
    • 4.
    • 5. Dream League Soccer

    Top streamed songs of 2016

    • 1. Stressed Out, Twenty One Pilots
    • 2. Sorry, Justin Bieber
    • 3. One Dance (feat. WizKid & Kyla), Drake
    • 4. Don't Let Me Down (feat. Daya), The Chainsmokers
    • 5. Me, Myself & I, G-Eazy

    Top movies of 2016

    • 1. Deadpool
    • 2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • 3. Zootopia
    • 4. Captain America: Civil War
    • 5. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

    Top TV shows of 2016

    • 1. Game of Thrones
    • 2. The Walking Dead
    • 3. The Big Bang Theory
    • 4. Mr. Robot
    • 5. The Flash

    Top books of 2016

    • 1. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by Cullen Bunn
    • 2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
    • 3. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
    • 4. The Art of War by Tzu Sun
    • 5. Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

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  2. Kunming

    Kunming TS Maniac Posts: 308   +184

    The only "game" that shaped 2016 came in the form of a presidential election. Was a horrible game. The ads alone are enough to make you vomit, although two of the Lead Developers seemed to get quite distracted with side projects: One, called Hillary, wanted to smash some sort of invisible glass ceiling. While the other dev, Donald, wanted to build a wall near Mexico for some reason. Following intense rioting in some cities, due to the ending of the game not being what players expected, Lead Developer Donald has nonetheless promised that the game will ship in the first quarter of 2017, on January 20th. Sadly, it is rumored that a sequel is coming next year as well, with day 1 DLC such as "Pissing Off Russia 2", "CHINA!" and "Definitely Not Another Middle-Eastern War".

    This news thing is easy really. I could be a journalist. Hm.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    Those apps are a disgrace.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Absolutely nothing there that grabs me in any category.

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