• By Haider Iqbal
  • 01 January, 23
  • 6 min read

Google Playtime

Earlier this year, I took on a new role leading Google Play. One of the best parts of this job is that I get to see all the different ways Play impacts people around the world — whether it’s users discovering new trending apps, or developers building the game they’ve been dreaming of for years.

To support this entire community, we’ve made lots of improvements to the Play Store this year. For example, we made it even easier to discover all that Play has to offer, including for different device types like wearables, foldables and tablets. We also introduced new ways to redeem Play Points, along with new features and titles on Google Play Games on PC.

Best overall app and game

As our best app of 2023, Imprint: Learn Visually shares bite-sized lessons that use visual storytelling to bring concepts to life. Explore the worlds of psychology, history, health, technology and more in a brand new way.

This sci-fi extravaganza takes the title of our best game of the year thanks to its excellent depth of content, stunning visuals and thoughtful design. By sprinkling lore and character backstories throughout the game, Honkai: Star Rail delivers lasting entertainment for role-playing game enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

New perks for Google Play Points Platinum members

In the coming weeks, Google Play Points Platinum members will be able to choose from a set of special perks: 6 months of a Walmart+ membership, 6 months of DashPass membership by DoorDash, or 6 months of Discord Nitro.2 Act fast when you see this offer on the “Perks” tab of Play Points Home, because supplies are limited.

Watch the replay to catch up on all the action from Google Play Live. And be sure to check out other offers available on the Play Store, like $7 off your first purchase on PC with Google Play Games for new users.

This year, we brought the livestream directly to the Play Store and gave viewers the chance to play games and explore apps during the show alongside YouTube Creators like Anna Akana, Crissa Jackson and Arif Zahir. This is part of our ongoing work to help you discover apps and games in new ways. Look out for more ways we're bringing live entertainment like this to the Play Store.