In these times of global uncertainty amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an app for restful sleep has been hailed as Google’s best Android app of 2020 in India.
Google’s best-of lists are localized, and winners vary depending on the region. In India, the app Sleep stories for calm sleep – Meditate with Wysa tops the list for Android apps in 2020, and Google describes it as “a true standout” as it offers “that rare case where utility meets ingenuity and delight.”
Google also lists the best apps for mental health under the Best Apps for Good category, and these include InnerHour Self-Care Therapy – Anxiety and Depression. There’s also a category for Best Personal Growth, which lists apps such as apna – Job Search App, Bolkar App: Indian Audio Question Answer, Mindhouse – Modern Meditation, MyStore, and WritCo.
India’s best online game 2020 is casual card game
Aside from the best Android app list, Google has also announced its Users’ Choice App Award—Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & more.
In the realm of online games in India, Legends of Runeterra by Riot Games has been voted as the Best Game of 2020, while the World Cricket Championship 3 – WCC3 has been awarded the Users’ Choice Game of 2020. The game lets players adapt, outwit, and outplay their opponents in quick-fire card battles. Google offers a wide variety of online card games for casual players, including Andar Bahar, real money teen patti, or even online rummy, among other casual card games.
The Legends of Runeterra game is also listed under the Best Competitive Game category, alongside Bullet Echo, KartRider Rush+, Rumble Hockey, and Top War: Battle Game.
Google rolls out new Photos features
2020 may be coming to a close, but Google is making sure that it will start the New Year right. Next month, the Internet giant is rolling out the Cinematic photos, which allows users to see their “Memories” come to life.
Jamie Aspinall, product manager of Google Photos, said they’re using machine learning to produce a 3D representation of a scene, and then animate a virtual camera to create “a smooth panning effect”—just like in the movies.
“Cinematic photos help you relive your memories in a way that feels more vivid and realistic—so you feel like you’re transported back to that moment,” Aspinall wrote in a Google blog post.
Google has also started implementing updated collage designs, enabling users to see “richer, artistically designed layouts populated and stylized using AI.”
“This helps pick the right layout for a selection of photos by finding similar colours and using those to accent details like the font and background colour for a more cohesive look,” Aspinall noted.
The Internet giant is also launching an AR-powered cosmetics try-on experience on Google Search, in partnership with brands such as L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, MAC Cosmetics, Black Opal, and Charlotte Tilbury. The new feature, created with help from AR tech developers ModiFace and Perfect Corp, will allow consumers to “try on” make shades on different models with various skin tones—or even on themselves—using their front-facing camera on their mobile devices.