The 2nd annual Golden Kitty Awards have come to an end. 15 categories, 200+ of the best new products, 2 weeks of pure excitement from the community and for the first time ever, Letz, the productivity bot from Macedonia has won the “Bot of the year Award“.
2016 was the year of the bots. We saw Celebrity bots, customer support bots, translation bots, data bots, an app store for bots. and much more, while theÂ Bots TopicÂ itself on Product Hunt has over 1,100 bot related products right now.
Similarly, iMessage apps came onto the scene in the middle of 2016 with the launch of iOS 10 and Apple’s iMessage Store. The promise of living inside of peoples’s day-to-day communication is certainly attractive to many makers. As of today, the (newly created) iMessage Topic has over 500 products.
Nintendo was a big winner this year. Pokemon Go was a phenomenon that captured just about everyone’s attention. Nintendo even doubled up on the nostalgia strategy with the recent launch of Super Mario Run, and hardware products like the Classic Mini and the impressive Nintendo Switch (which will come out in March).
Meanwhile, Google doubled down on hardware:
- An iPhone competitor with 3mm headphone jack technology
- A virtual reality headset made out of fabric (clever)
- A gorgeous 4k digital display for teams
- A new kind of WiFi system (because wifi > everything)
- A competitor to Alexa (P.S. you can now talk to Product Hunt on Google Home)
In 2017 weâ€™re expecting more developments with live video ( Hello, Houseparty), and a lot of exciting new use cases for audio interfaces like Appleâ€™s AirPodsÂ and in particular, Google HomeÂ and Amazon Echo.
The 2016 Golden Kitty Award Winners
Tech Product of the Year
Winner: Gboard by Google
Runner-Up: Pokemon GO
Sexiest Product of the Year
Winner: Tesla Model S P 100D
Runner-up: Snapchat Spectacles
Breakthrough of the Year
Winner: Tesla Solar Roof
Runner-up:Â Tesla Model 3
Hardware product of the Year
Runner-up: Microsoft Surface Studio
Mobile App of the Year
Winner: Tiny Card by Duolingo
Desktop App of the Year
Runner-up: Slack for Mac
iMessage app of the Year
Runner-up: Giphy for iMessenger
Bot of the Year
Winner: Letz The small Letz team from Macedonia, has won the first ever Golden Kitty in the Bot of the Year category. This was a tight race right till the end between Letz, Nerdify Bot, and Duolingo’s Bots product.
Runner-up: Nerdify Bot
Chrome Extension of the Year