The top 10 Android apps and games of 2016

The year is nearly over, and it’s time for a little reflection. Harambe. The election.

And the top Android apps, of course.

Google released its annual list of the top Android apps on Thursday. The list is split into the top 5 apps and the top 5 games.

Google ranked the apps by “top trending,” which is a mixture of downloads and popularity at the time the apps were released. These aren’t the most-downloaded apps of the year, just the ones that were trending the most.

Check them out below. Don’t worry. Pokémon GO made the list.


Top trending apps

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook / MSQRD

Below are the top trending Android apps of 2016. We’ve ranked them in reverse order.


5. MSQRD

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Business Insider

MSQRD, which was bought by Facebook earlier this year, lets you add filters to your face for goofy selfies. It’s very similar to the lenses feature in Snapchat.

Download it here.


4. Emoji Keyboard Pro

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Google Play

Not all Android phones come with a readily accessible emoji keyboard. Emoji Keyboard Pro fixes that.

Download it here.


3. Castbox

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Google Play

The Google Play Store has plenty of great podcasts, but Castbox became one of the most popular third-party podcast apps for Android this year.

Download it here.


2. Lumyer

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Google Play

Yet another photo-editing app. Lumyer lets you alter your photos with backgrounds and other effects.

Download it here.


1. Face Changer 2

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Google Play

Android users sure love altering their faces! Face Changer 2 lets you alter your photos, giving the subjects goofy faces and backgrounds.

Download it here.


Top trending games

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Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich

Below are the top trending Android games of 2016. We’ve ranked them in reverse order.


5. Dream League Soccer

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Google

It may not be FIFA 2017, but it’s close enough. Dream League Soccer became one of the hottest Android games this year.

Download it here.


4. slither.io

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Google

The viral hit slither.io is a modern take on the classic game Snake. Grow your snake as large as you can without bumping into enemies.

Download it here.


3. Traffic Rider

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Google

Want to zip through highways on a motorcycle? Traffic Rider is the answer.

Download it here.


2. Clash Royale

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Google

The iconic Clash series continued to dominate Android this year. Clash Royale is one of the most popular titles in the tower defense genre of games.

Download it here.


1. Pokémon GO

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Reuters

Pokémon GO isn’t just a smartphone game. It’s a cultural phenomenon. Hordes of people played Pokémon GO all over the world this year. At one point, it was impossible to walk through a major city without seeing people staring at their phones trying to catch a Pikachu or Dragonite or other adorable little fighting monster.

Download it here.