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24 of the best apps for the iPad and Android tablets announced as Tabby Awards winners

The Tabby Awards, the tech world's only dedicated tablet app awards competition, has announced its first round of winners, naming 24 programmes as the best in the business.

While the winning apps have been honoured in the competition's consumer division, a number of the awardees are likely to prove of interest to professionals as well.

CloudOn for iOS, for example, brings the Microsoft Office experience to the iPad and takes home the gong in the Utilities and Tools category, while last minute booking service Hotel Tonight (iOS) was honoured as the best app for Travel and Transportation.

Elsewhere, ooVoo Video Chat for Android narrowly pipped new social media darling Hang w/ to the best Social app crown, while Note Anytime was named top boy for Personal Productivity.

More than 150 apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 8 tablets were submitted for consideration, with the winning publishers coming from a diverse range of countries including the UK, US, Canada, Finland, Japan, and New Zealand. Head over to the Tabby Awards website for a full list of the winners.

"This winners' list shows developers are creatively leveraging the tablet and building software that re-imagines the way we interact with information. The Tabby Awards are about celebrating that innovation," commented Ravi Bhatt, CEO of BranchFire and chairman of the Tabby Awards judging panel.

Patrick Pierra, CEO of TabTimes and founder of the Tabby Awards, added: "The Tabby Awards shed light on apps that are exclusive to or optimised for tablets. The variety and the quality of winners show the depth and richness of the tablet app market and they are testament to its vitality."

The Tabby Awards is put on by the TabTimes in association with the Application Developers Alliance, and the winning apps will be celebrated at the TabletBiz conference and expo on 13 November in New York City.

As well as recognising quality consumer-facing tablet software, the Tabby Awards also has a dedicated business and enterprise tier, which is accepting submissions until 30 August.

Previous winners in the Tabby Awards/Business include the likes of Box, Citi, GE, and Slideshark.

For more, check out our roundup of the best iPad apps for business and productivity.