Samsung was the big winner at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, clinching five prizes including best device and best manufacturer.
The world's number one phone maker chose to eschew launching a new smartphone at the conference, with Monday's announcement of the Galaxy SIV launch event in March overshadowing its rivals. Last year's bestseller, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, was recognised by judges at the Mobile World Congress awards as the best smartphone. Judges said: 'With its ability to deliver in multiple markets, proven global adoption, and leading edge features such as Pop-Up Play video, Smart Stay screen and NFC, this is the Android success story.'
As well as the best manufacturer prize, Samsung also walked away from Tuesday's event with prizes for best mobile enabled consumer electronics device, for the Galaxy Camera, best mobile infrastructure, for its LTE networks, and outstanding overall mobile technology, also for its LTE networks. Judges said: 'The stand-out winner, a terrific year for Samsung as it continues to build a solid global business across its device portfolio.'
JK Shin, Samsung's head of the IT and mobile communications division, said: '2012 was a defining year for Samsung that saw us set new records in the mobile industry. The judges have recognised Samsung's innovation across multiple categories. At Samsung, we are committed to changing the way customers around the world experience mobile technology, in all categories and markets.'
Among the other awards, Nokia won the best feature phone, for its Asha 305 handset. Judges said: 'This award recognises the importance of these types of devices in the global market. Nokia’s Asha 305 delivers the best user experience from an affordable dual-SIM touchscreen phone, despite pressure from low cost smartphones.'
Google and Asus won best tablet for their Nexus 7 device. The panel said: 'This tablet has brought credibility to the 7” category and taken it to the mass market, with the perfect combination of performance and portability. A great all-rounder.'
Author: Graeme Neill