With Mobile World Congress about to close its doors for another year, the GSM Association has announced the lucky winners of its Global Mobile Awards, at an event hosted by comedian Tim Minchin.
The Awards cover all aspects of the mobile industry, from hardware and software to services and innovations, with nominees voted on by the technology press, GSMA members and influential industry professionals.
Like the Academy Awards for film, the Global Mobile Awards contains a wide variety of categories, but only a few attract the headlines. Here’s who went home with the big awards:
The Best Smartphone award was given to Samsung for the Galaxy S II, the huge-selling, massively popular Android device which has become equally as well-known as the Apple iPhone, a device it beat to the win. Other smartphones in the running included the Nokia Lumia 800, the HTC Desire S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung was also victorious in the Device Manufacturer of the Year category, which given they seem to have a phone and a tablet to suit all pockets – both in terms of size and budget – it’s an award they richly deserved.
Arch-rivals Apple triumphed over Samsung in the Best Mobile Tablet category, with the iPad 2 beating the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Amazon Kindle amongst others.
Nokia also did well, with the C3-00 winning Best Feature Phone, and the amazing 808 PureView winning Best New Device at Mobile World Congress. Considering the amount of very powerful handsets using quad-core processors on display, this is a great achievement.
In the mobile applications category, Angry Birds Rio won Best App for Consumers, and WhatsApp was given Best Overall Mobile App. Google Maps was awarded Best Mobile Service and the Android keyboard app SwiftKey was judged the Most Innovative App.
You can see all the other categories and winners on the official GSMA website.