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Short Bytes: The best Android app for 2016 is Prisma. Google has released their Google Play’s Best of 2016 lists for different categories like movies, apps, games, TV shows, music, and books. Check out the top 5 trending names for each category.

Continuing their annual ritual, Google has announced this year’s names for their Best of 2016 lists for the top trending apps, games, movies, and TV shows hosted on Google Play.

Along with the global lists for best android apps, games, movies, and tv shows, Google has also released various local lists of popular Android apps and games for different regions.

Best Android App of the Year

Google has awarded Prisma as the best app of the year 2016. Prisma uses AI and neural networks to convert regular photos into artworks which flooded people’s Facebook and Instagram profiles a few months ago. The creators claim the Prisma app can use the styles of artists like Pablo Picasso.

Most Popular Android Apps on Google Play 2016

Face Changer 2

Face Changer 2 tops the most popular Android apps list by Google. It allows you to make Donald Trump look like an alien, transform yourself into a cat, or swap faces with other people. Face Changer 2 is the successor to the Face Changer and is downloaded more than 10 million times.

Lumyer –  Photo & Selfie Editor

Many image editing apps populate the list of top trending apps of 2016. As the name suggests, the app has numerous effects and filters for the selfie freaks along with animated effects for videos which can be added in real time. It has received more than 5 million downloads on Google Play.

Castbox –  Podcast Radio Music

After photo enthusiasts, another breed of users on Google Play loves music, and that’s the reason the podcast app Castbox has made it to the top trending apps of 2016. It offers a huge collection of Radio stations, audiobooks, and podcasts.

Emoji Keyboard Pro

Emoji Keyboard Pro is a custom keyboard app which mainly focuses on Emojis. It comes with a variety of interesting keyboard themes and customization options. With its emoji brigade, it has managed to outperform other apps like SwiftKey.

MSQRD

Another Selfie-focused app falling in the list of the most popular Android apps of 2016 is the Facebook-owned MSQRD. It offers Snapchat like live filters which can be worn during selfie videos to look like a chimpanzee.

Most Popular Android Games on Google Play 2016

Pokemon Go

It doesn’t come much of a surprise that Pokemon Go is the most popular Android game for the year. The game inspired by the anime series featuring fictional creatures burst Google Play charts in weeks and contributed a huge rise in stocks for its maker Nintendo.

Clash Royale

Clash Royale is created by Supercell, the same minds who tasted success with Clash of Clans. The online multiplayer game features the Royales characters like Princes, Knights, etc. The game has received more than 50 million downloads since its release.

Traffic Rider

With more than 50 million downloads on Google Play, Traffic Rider is speeding in the game popularity race of 2016. Just like Traffic Racer, it’s also an endless racing game but featuring bikes instead of cars. Traffic Rider offers a first person camera view and custom sounds for featured motorbikes recorded from actual bikes.

Slither.io

This online multiplayer game reminds us of the Snake game we used to play on our Nokia phones. The purpose is to get bigger and bigger by eating the remains of the opponents instead of the food. But there is a catch, if you bump into other people, you will explode. Slither.io has been download more than 100 million times on Google Play.

Dream League Soccer

When it comes to soccer games, EA Sports’ FIFA is quite popular. For 2016, Dream League Soccer is one of the top trending Android games. It allows you to create a dream team using official FIFPro licensed players. On compatible devices, you can play the game at 60 fps. Dream League Soccer is downloaded more than 10 million times.

Most Streamed Songs on Google Play 2016

  1. Stressed Out

    Artist: Twenty One Pilots

  2. Sorry

    Artist: Justin Beiber

  3. One Dance (Ft. Wizkid and Kyla)

    Artist: Drake

  4. Don’t Let Me (Ft. Daya)

    Artist: The Chainsmokers

  5. Me, Myself & I

    Artist: G-Eazy

Most Popular Books on Google Play 2016

  1. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

    Author: Cullen Bunn

  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

  3. The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    Author: Paula Hawkins

  4. The Art of War

    Author: Tzu Sun

  5. Me Before You: A Novel

    Author: Jojo Moyes

Most Popular Movies on Google Play 2016

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

Most Popular TV Shows on Google Play 2016

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

These were the top 5 names in the Best of Google 2016 lists. You can check out more names on Google Play.

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