For nineteen years now, mobile manufacturers, software developers, and other innovators have received recognition during the Annual Global Mobile awards. This year's event, held yesterday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, was hosted by comedian James Corden. Of more interest to us, however, are the awards.

LG walked out of the event with the Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year title, having released such prominent devices as the G2, G Flex, Nexus 5, and the G Pad 8.3 this year (along with the LGGPGPE). The company also innovated behind the scenes through advancements such as the 5.2-inch, 2.2mm thick, 1080p LCD panel it unveiled over the summer.



The HTC One won Best Smartphone. Obviously everyone will have their own nominees for this award, but I personally agree with the decision. I'm not going to elaborate on why, for Cody already did a good job of that in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. It's worth noting, though, that this competition considers the entire smartphone landscape, not just Android devices.


AT&T won the Best Consumer Mobile Service for its Digital Life service and, along with Filip Technologies, won the Best Mobile-Enabled Consumer Electronics Device for FiLip. Yeah... Moving right along.

Android devices didn't snag all of the awards. The Windows Phone-running Nokia Lumia 520 won the Best Low-Cost Smartphone award against all other devices priced at under $150 (and let's be honest, few Android devices at that price range are all that compelling). Apple's iPad Air won the Best Mobile Tablet award. You can say what you will about that.

Many more awards went out last night in areas concerning far more than mobile devices and the software that's installed on them. You can hit up the link below for the full list of winners.

19th Annual Global Mobile Award winners

Source: GSMA

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    I have a feeling a lot of fanbois are going to whine along here in 3... 2...

    • supremekizzle

      Dude, WTF? Samsung....brabble...brabble.. removable battery....grrrrrrr....SD card..... aaarrrgggg....pure innovation.

    • Master

      Well, there's no need to. Most of them are still 32-bit smartphones anyway.
      We know which one are truly 64-bit.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        You must be referring to those shiteriffic pukephones made by Crapple, I presume?

        • someguy

          Their phones might be shit, but the iPad Air deserved to win the best mobile tablet of the year.

  • Amir

    Hi HTC ONE 2!

  • Clint P

    The HTC One is a great phone and probably deserves the award. I'm still sticking with Nexus devices though.

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      One phone I'd place close to it is the Sony z1, or a lumia device. :)

  • Danny365

    It's nice to see how LG have been getting some attention lately, they totally deserve it.

  • sushi max

    2.2 mm think displays? What are they thinking. About?

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      They're thinking about how thick those displays are. ;)

  • Jack Dunn

    HTC One is a great phone. Still wouldn't budge from my Note 3 though.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Wait... How the hell did LG win Most Innovative Company? All they did was make some really solid and forward thinking tablets and phones. They completely ignored what the market really wants: WEARABLES and non-mobile tech. I mean seriously, they didn't release a single Android powered camera, or smart watch, or pair of glasses that automatically tells you whether or not it is an appropriate time to be wearing glasses, or a ring that uses bio-metric feedback to let you know you have to pee up to one minute before you know yourself, or an Android powered sportsbra, or a Bluetooth enabled condom... You know, the stuff consumers really need.

    • AbbyZFresh

      The LG G2 and the Nexus 5.

    • Monocats

      Well, I get your sarcasm, but for the people which are genuinely wondering about this - consider LG G2 - bigger display and bigger battery than S5 with a smaller footprint. Because of the thin display and stacked battery, both LG innovations. And GPU that enters standby when the picture on the screen is static. Innovations that matter, not some gimmicks like heart rate monitor ubder the camera and stuff like you described :)

      • bobble

        You forgot knock on, I cant not have it at this point. People also talk shit about the back buttons but they are perfect as they aren't really used all the time or even frequently so getting them off the side of the phone is perfect.

        • blix247

          Hmm, knock on is kind of cool but I think Motorola got robbed.

    • Deeco

      Nexus success, I believe.

  • Matthew Fry

    Poor HTC.

  • Andi

    I'm a One owner and while I love my phone, I've always harbored a bit of envy for LG G2 owners since it was first announced. If I had an abundant amount off cash, I'd probably strap one of each on either lug hole.

    • z0phi3l

      I swapped my One for a G2, it really is a nice upgrade, waiting on the next G2 or G3

      • Andi

        That didn't help my envy factor.

        • Markoff

          yeah G2, seems like cool phone unlike BezelOne

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    MWC is almost over and no drool-worthy 8" tablets were released. sadpandaissad.

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    anybody other than samsung winning is cool in my book....seriously, even samsung fans had to acknowledge that they are not innovating but rather making their products as commodities out of you. It's like they don't even care their branding, all they want is just to release as much as possible and flood the market.

  • GraveUypo

    eh... i really don't think the one deserves that award.
    i'd probably give that o the g2

  • Ugslick

    I thought the G2 was phone of the year... but oh well. I mean the only thing the One really has over it is the external design and build quality... The G2 trumps it in absolutely everything else.