Patcay.com – Both companies agreed on Honkai: Star Rail as their Game of the Year. These year-end lists not only showcase popular apps and games but also offer insights into the app marketplaces and consumer trends.
Surprisingly, Apple deviated from the trend of highlighting new or innovative apps, recognizing well-established mobile companions like Duolingo and Flighty alongside AllTrails. Unlike previous years, where breakthrough apps were celebrated, Apple’s choices this year focused on consistently well-designed applications.
Notably, neither Apple nor Google selected an AI app as the app of the year, despite the success of ChatGPT’s mobile app and others. This decision stands out, considering ChatGPT’s rapid growth earlier in the year, becoming the fastest-growing consumer application in history.
Other winners in the App Store include Prêt-à-Makeup for iPad App of the Year, Photomator for Mac App of the Year, MUBI for Apple TV App of the Year, SmartGym for Apple Watch App of the Year, Honkai: Star Rail for iPhone Game of the Year, Lost in Play for iPad Game of the Year, Lies of P for Mac Game of the Year, and Hello Kitty Island Adventure for Apple Arcade Game of the Year.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, expressed inspiration from developers’ ability to redefine the world through remarkable apps and games. Apple also recognized the impact of generative AI, naming it the “Trend of the Year” and highlighting a collection of generative AI apps.
While AI’s cultural impact is evident in 2023, Apple’s cultural impact winners focused on other areas, including the children’s gaming app Pok Pok, the accessibility app Proloquo, the food waste minimizer Too Good To Go, the puzzle app Unpacking, and the hidden-object game Finding Hannah. Despite acknowledging generative AI, Apple notably omitted AI apps from its cultural impact winners.
In summary, Apple and Google’s app choices for the year reflect a mix of established excellence, emerging trends, and a deliberate exclusion of AI apps from their top selections.