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Apple and Google's selection of their "App of the Year" for 2023. Apple chose AllTrails, a hiking and biking companion app, as its iPhone App of the Year. On the other hand, Google selected Imprint: Learn Visually, an educational app, as the best app on Google Play. Both companies agreed on Honkai: Star Rail as their Game of the Year. This selection was notable because neither Apple nor Google chose an AI app as their app of the year, despite the significant success of ChatGPT and other AI apps. ChatGPT had become the fastest-growing consumer application in history, reaching 100 million users shortly after its launch. This decision to avoid the AI category seems deliberate, especially given AI's substantial impact on culture and technology in 2023.
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Apple's App of the Year awards include AllTrails (iPhone), Prêt-à-Makeup (iPad), Photomator (Mac), MUBI (Apple TV), SmartGym (Apple Watch), and various games for each platform. The company also highlighted "generative AI" as the trend of the year.
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