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When the 16th Annual Global Mobile awards were announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, it was no surprise that Angry Birds walked away with most of the prizes for top apps. However, it was just one of numerous honorees across enterprise, social and consumer products and services, with Vodacom getting a nod in a mobile money category, iPhone 4 named best mobile device, and HTC the manufacturer of the year.

Angry Birds was the big winner at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, when the winners of the 16th Annual Global Mobile awards were announced. The awards ceremony was hosted by British TV and radio presenter Jonathan Ross and the Awards Celebration that followed was presided over by Grammy and Brit Award-winning singer Duffy and internationally acclaimed indie rock band Metric.

“This year’s awards attracted more than 600 entrants, with many high calibre entries across all categories,”” said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board, GSMA. ‚The GSMA congratulates the award winners and commends all finalists for their innovation, ingenuity and important contributions to the success of the mobile industry.‚

App of the Year on the Apple Platform

Winner: Rovio/Clickgamer/Chillingo – Angry Birds

App of the Year on the BlackBerry App World Platform

Winner: Research In Motion – BlackBerry Messenger

App of the Year on the Android Platform

Winner: Google – Google Maps

App of the Year on the Nokia Platform

Winner: Herocraft & InnerActive – Zum Zum

Best Mobile App

Winner: Rovio/Clickgamer/Chillingo – Angry Birds

Best Mobile Advertising & Marketing Campaign

Winner: Mobilera – Outeractive –

Unilever Cornetto Multiplayer Interactive

Wall Projection Mapping Game

Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Solution

Winner: Antenna – Antenna Mobility Platform (AMP)

Best Mobile Money Product or Solution

Winner: Airtel Africa, MasterCard Worldwide and Standard Chartered Bank – Airtel Card

Best Use of Mobile for Social & Economic Development

Winner: Ericsson and Flexenclosure – Ericsson Community Power

Best Mobile Money for the Unbanked Service

Winner: Vodafone Group, Safaricom, Vodacom, Vodafone Essar Limited and Roshan Ltd. – M-PESA

Best Product, Initiative or Service for Underserved Segments

Winner: BBC World Service Trust – BBC Janala

Best M-Health Innovation

Winner: Mobisante, Inc. – MobiUS

Best Mobile Learning Innovation

Winner: Urban Planet Mobile and PT Telkomsel – Urban English, Mobile English Learning Initiative

Best Mobile Innovation for Utilities

Winner: EDMI and Sierra Wireless for EDMI EWM100 Advanced GSM/GPRS Modem – Smart Metering Applications

Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive & Transport

Winner: Nissan Motor, AT&T, and Telenor Connexion for ICT – Electric Vehicles

Best Embedded Mobile Device

(Non-Handsets)

Winner: AT&T and VITALITY – AT&T-connected Vitality GlowCaps

Green Mobile Award for Best Green Product/Service or Performance

Winner: Bharti Infratel – GreenTowers P7 Project

Best Mobile Device

Winner: Apple – iPhone 4

Device Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: HTC

Best Mobile Broadband Technology

Winner: Ruckus Wireless – Ruckus Mobile Wi-Fi Gateway System

Best Mobile Technology for Emerging Markets

Winner: Orange – Orange Solar Base Station Programme

Best Technology Breakthrough

Winner: Seven Networks – SEVEN Open Channel

Best Customer Care and CRM

Winner: Airtel Africa and Tango Telecom – Tango Telecom’s ‚Dynamic Pricing Service’

GSMA Chairman’s Award

Winner: Wang Jianzhou, Executive Chairman, China Mobile

Government Leadership Award

Winner: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

RCS Development Challenge

Winner: Jibe Mobile ‚ RCS Best Mobile Client

Winner: Movial ‚ RCS Best PC Client

Winner: Solaiemes ‚ RCS Best Innovation

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