Although much of the attention at MWC 2015 is on the devices being announced at the event or sneak peaks of technology planned for later in the year, the hosts, GSMA, take some time to recognize outstanding products from the prior year with their Global Mobile Awards. For 2015, Android devices proved to be formidable participants in the market. Perhaps most notable is the recognition of the LG G3 as Best Smartphone along with Apple’s iPhone 6. It was not long ago that LG barely even registered in the smartphone market, but the company started to make a big push first with the LG G2 and then last year’s successor the LG G3. Their willingness to break with some tradition, like placement of buttons, and trying to produce an attractive, quality product have paid off with the award.
Although many in the tech industry will be paying attention to Apple next week and the anticipated release of the Apple Watch, Google and their partner Android device manufacturers have been in the wearables market for some time now. The fact that they have been able to go through a couple iterations of smartwatches and refine the experience helped lead to the the Motorola Moto 360 this past year. GSMA recognized the smartwatch as the Best Wearable Mobile Tech for 2015.
One other Android device snagged an award, this one also coming from Motorola. The Moto E was named the Best Low Cost Smartphone.
GSMA recognizes products in a wide range of categories that may be of interest to mobile users. A couple pieces of software may be noteworthy for Android users who want to check out the best software they could run on their devices according to the GSMA. For gamers, Asphalt 8:Airborne was selected as the Best Mobile Game App. The Judges’ Choice – Best Overall Mobile App went to IFTTT, which recently rebranded itself as IF in conjunction with its new DO framework.