Google reveals 2019 Play Awards winners

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Google hosted its fourth annual Play Awards this morning - the first event in this year’s Google I/O conference.

Games, video platforms, and online counselling services were amongst the winners at the Awards, which aim to recognise innovation in app design.

Canva, the popular graphic design app, won in the ‘Standout Build for Billions’ category. The app allows users to make logos, posters, and videos from their smartphone with no graphic design experience.

Meanwhile the ‘Best Living Room Experience’ award went to Neverthink, an app that uses human curation to deliver hand-picked selections from YouTube.

Away from Google Play, this year’s I/O event is expected to include announcements about its search products, Android operating system, and other key Google offerings.

WIRED predicts that artificial intelligence will feature heavily in the announcements, with new AI-enabled features and improvements potentially coming to Gmail and Google Maps.

Privacy is also likely to be a key theme throughout the conference, including during chief executive Sundar Pichai’s keynote .

Google is one of many tech giants to have been buffeted by privacy-related scandals in recent months, including a €50 million fine from French regulators for breaching EU laws.

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