The Samsung Galaxy S3 won the fiercely coveted “Smart Phone of the Year” award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday. The award was one of four in the major categories that the mobile giant picked up. It was not an easy award to win as Samsung fought off stiff competition from big names such as the Apple IPhone, the HTC Droid DNA, Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy Note II. The manufacturer also walked away with the Best Device Manufacturer, Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronic Device for the Galaxy camera and Best Mobile Infrastructure for Smart LTE networks. They were also awarded the CTO Choice Award for their LTE technology.
Other notable wins on the night were that of Nokia’s Ash which won out over three other Nokias and the Samsung C3312 in the entry level/feature category. The BMW mini and partners Sixt and Vodafone won the Best Mobile Product for Service for Automotive Award. Google’s Nexus 7 won the Tablet of the Year Award.
The annual congress, themes “The New Mobile Horizon” was held over four days and featured an exhibition by major mobile names and discussed the 2013 mobile economy. The keynote program was on the other hand packed with presentations offered by CEOs and executives from established and new companies in the broad mobile ecosystem. The speakers included Randall Stephenson (President and CEO AT&T) Xi Guohau (Chairman China Mobile), Hans Vestberg (President and CEO Ericsson) and Vittorio Colao (Chief Executive Vodafone) among others. Their presentations shared their insights into the critical global business trends, growth strategies and technological innovations that are shaping the “New Mobile Horizon.”
As the world anxiously wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4 release event in New York on March 14, the manufacture will definitely be heading into the rest of 2013 with a big boost after their big wins at the conference.