The HTC One has been crowned the world’s best smartphone after it beat out competition from Apple's iPhone 5S as well as the likes of Samsung, Nokia and LG at the 19th edition of the Global Mobile Awards.
Apple, which being a fruit was never likely to do well at a gig hosted by James Corden, had to be content with the Best Mobile Tablet gong for its iPad Air whereas no Samsung Galaxy devices were anywhere to be seen in the Best Mobile Handsets & Devices awards category.
It’s good news for HTC after a year in which it has been dogged by much publicised financial problems that caused it to post a loss for the first time.
When it came to the low cost devices, Nokia reigned supreme with Best Low Cost Smartphone for the Nokia Lumia 520 and Best Entry Level or Featurephone award going to the Nokia 105. LG, meanwhile, picked up the prize for Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year.
It wasn’t all about the phones though with five other categories including The Connected Life Awards, Best Mobile Services, Social & Economic Development, Apps of the Year, and Best Mobile Technology.
CityMapper took home the Judges Choice award as Best Overall Mobile App, Device 6K was voted Best Entertainment App, PointGrab’s CamMe took the gong for Most Innovative Mobile App and the Akbank Direkt Mobile App won the Smartphone App Challenge award.
In the Best Mobile Technology section, Best Cloud Based Technology for Mobile was awarded to Xively Cloud Services with the Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough awarded to Sensory for its TrulyHandsfree 3.0 solution. Although the Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology prizes, chosen by CTOs, went to SK Telecom’s Commercial LTE-Advanced Network and KT Corporation’s Wideband LTE-A Commercial Service.
The Connected Life Awards, meanwhile, handed a prize to Accenture & RCS MediaGroup’s City1Tap as the Best Mobile Innovation for ‘Smart Cities’. A full list of the award winners in each category can be found here and the organisers were particularly impressed by the amount of entries this year.
"With more than 680 high calibre entries this year, the competition was stronger than ever and it is a significant achievement to have been honoured today. The GSMA would like to warmly congratulate all Global Mobile Awards winners and recognise all those who took part for continuing to drive mobile communications into the future," commented John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, after the awards had been dished out.