Google has just released its all-encompassing “best of” list for 2014, including the best Android apps and games, along with the best-selling digital albums and movies. Many of the top choices are similar to Apple’s “Best of 2014” list from earlier this month.
“Frozen” was the most popular film of the year, “The Walking Dead” was the top television show and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” was the biggest song, Google reports. While Apple’s list is based on editorial decisions made by the iPhone-maker, Google says it based its list off of the total number of downloads in each respective category.
“Health & Fitness” were the fastest growing app category, as developers rush to make apps compatible with Google’s Android Wear line of smartwatches. “Candy Crush” was the most downloaded game of the year, once again. Below is the full list from Google.
Most Downloaded Apps by Category in 2014
Health & Fitness: MyFitnessPal
The Year’s Fastest Growing App Category
Health & Fitness
Top Downloaded Games in 2014
"Candy Crush Saga"
"Don’t Tap The White Tile"
"Farm Heroes Saga"
"Clash of Clans"
Play Games users unlocked 3.5 billion achievements this year.
MOVIES & TV
Movie of the year: "Frozen"
TV show of the year: "The Walking Dead"
Comeback Movie: "Toy Story"
Most searched actor on Google Play: Robin Williams
Album of the Year: "Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"
Song of the Year: "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry
Song of the Summer: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea
Fastest Growing Genre: Soundtracks (fueled by "Frozen," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Despicable Me 2," "The Lego Movie" and "The Great Gatsby" soundtracks)
News Sources of the Year:
The New York Times
The Huffington Post
The Daily Beast
The Wall Street Journal
Some of the most read articles of 2014:
Flavorpill – 15 ’90s Teen Heartthrobs Who’ve Resurfaced on TV
Mental Floss – 50 More Awesome Facts (About Everything)
MarketWatch – 10 most miserable cities in America
Houzz – Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?
Books of the Year:
"The Fault in Our Stars"
"Fifty Shades of Grey"
"Twelve Years a Slave"