In another big win, Hotstar, India’s leading video streaming platform, has been named in the Most Entertaining Apps of 2017 by Google Play, the largest global app store for Android mobile devices.
Google Play’s Best of 2017 is the annual round-up of the best performing consumer applications across categories such as entertainment, productivity, gaming, fitness among others. Being the largest app ecosystem in the world, with over 3 million available apps, each category is hotly contested with products from the world’s best technology developers.
Since its launch, Hotstar, the first Indian app to cross 100 million downloads on the Google Play Store, has racked up multiple industry accolades such as Apple TV’s App of the Year and has been featured on every list of India’s most downloaded apps.
Impressively balancing the twin challenges of supporting traffic from millions of daily users, while still pushing the platform towards a world-class user experience, Hotstar has placed special emphasis on creating a personalized viewing experience, so as to help users smartly navigate through hundreds of thousands of hours of content.
To underscore its leadership in live sports, Hotstar has also made big investments towards providing users a sports experience that not only provides analysis, but also allows users to track and re-live the highs of the match in a communal experience with millions of other users. Innovations in content, coupled with Hotstar’s consistent efforts to keep the app data-light, have ensured that Hotstar is often a new mobile data user’s first app.
Google Play’s Best of 2017 was announced on 1st December and the detailed list of winners can be viewed here.
Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 100,000 hours of drama and movies in 9 languages, and coverage of every major global sporting event. Launched in early 2015, it is one of India’s most downloaded apps and has attracted more than 300 million followers on the back of a highly evolved video streaming technology and high attention to quality of experience across devices and platforms. The Hotstar Premium service showcases the best line up of TV shows, movies and sports from around the world, including Emmy Award winning shows like Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley, and live sporting tournaments including Premier League and F1 all at a monthly subscription fee of Rs. 199. Hotstar appropriated the top spot on iTunes as Apple TV’s App of the Year for India 2016.