Handango, the world’s leading provider of multi-platform smartphone apps, today announced its 2009 Handango Champion Award winners recognizing the most innovative and outstanding mobile apps and developers. For the first time in the history of the Champion Awards, consumers were invited to participate in the selection process choosing favourite apps across different platforms and a multitude of categories including Developer of the Year, Best Business App, Best Social/Messaging App and 2009 Groundbreaker.
SPB Software led the Champion Awards this year, winning a grand total of six awards for apps developed on both the WindowsMobile and Symbian platforms. Another standout included EA Mobile, which dominated the best casual gaming category with SimCity and Bejeweled.
"This year, we wanted to give consumers the opportunity to vote for their favorite apps," said Alex Bloom, CEO of Handango. "It is a great honor to recognize the leading developers in this space, as well as congratulate the masterminds behind some of the most creative, cutting-edge applications in this continuously evolving marketplace."
The winners of the 2009 Developer of the Year (Windows Mobile) awards are SPB Software. SPB Software once again walked away with the 2009 App of the Year award (Windows Mobile) for SPB Mobile Shell 3.
Innovative utility apps made a wide sweep across numerous categories. These apps provide such relevant services as tracking children via a device’s GPS capabilities or facilitating theft recovery by leveraging GPS capabilities to locate a device. Theft recovery apps also enable the ability to lock lost devices or remotely erase data from a device. Another GPS-powered utility app offers parental controls that disable SMS and email while a teen driver’s device is in motion. Other winning utility apps include social media and voice-enablement apps in addition to apps that easily connect laptops to wireless networks through users’ mobile devices.
The 2009 Handango Champion Award (Windows Mobile_ winners are:
Â· 2009 Groundbreaker: WalkingHotSpot, TapRoot Systems
Â· 2009 Rookie Developer of the Year: Iconsoft.com
Â· Best Business App: Voice on the Go, Voice on the Go, Inc
Â· Best Social App: IM+ for Skype, SHAPE Services GmbH
Â· Best Casual Game: SPB Brain Evolution, SPB Software
Â· Best Action / Adventure Game: Resco Guardians, Resco.net
Â· Best GPS / Map: Google Maps with Latitude, Google
Â· Best Entertainment App: WunderRadio, Jeyo, Inc
Â· Best Health/Fitness App: HealthFile Plus, WakefieldSoft, LLC
Â· Best Personal Organization App: Pocket Informant, WebIS, Inc.
Â· Best E-mail/Messaging App: Jeyo Mobile Extender, Jeyo, Inc
Â· Best Weather App: SPB Weather, SPB Software
Â· Best Personalization App: SPB Mobile Shell, SPB Software
Â· Best Phone Tool: Resco Explorer, Resco.net
All nominees and winners are available on Handango.com and will be on sale through the end of the week. A list of all winners is available at here.