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Us iOS enthusiasts have been able to enjoy the delights of the Best App Ever Awards for the past six years. Android owners haven’t been so lucky though. That is, until now, where we’re a mere 24 hours away from announcing the results of the very first Best App Ever Awards for Android.

The nomination phase lasted over two months with over 1,500 apps nominated in over 30 categories.

Here’s a heads up of what categories will be announced tomorrow:

  • Most Innovative App
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Location-Based App
  • Most Useful App
  • Best Books & Reference App
  • Best Business App
  • Best Comics App
  • Best Communication App
  • Best Education App
  • Best Entertainment App
  • Best Finance App
  • Best Health and Fitness App
  • Best Lifestyle App
  • Best Live Wallpaper
  • Best Media and Video App
  • Best Medical App
  • Best Music and Audio App
  • Best News and Magazine App
  • Best Personalization App
  • Best Photography App
  • Best Productivity App
  • Best Shopping App
  • Best Social App
  • Best Sports App
  • Best Tool App
  • Best Transportation App
  • Best Travel & Local App
  • Best Weather App
  • Best Widget App
  • Most Innovative Game
  • Best Arcade and Action Game
  • Best Brain and Puzzle Game
  • Best Cards and Casino Game
  • Best Casual Game
  • Best Racing Game
  • Best Sports Game

And of course, the Best App Ever, covering all the different categories possible!

While we know you’re all iOS loving folk, we thought you’d like to see how things work out for Android owners.

Check back here tomorrow and over on the official Best App Ever site at 8am PDT, to find out what’s been crowned winner!

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We are proud to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

With millions of votes cast for their favorite apps and games, visitors to the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards made this an amazing year. Without further ado, here are the winners:


Best App Ever Category

iOS Division

Winner: DEVICE 6 by Simogo

Second Place: Fantastical 2 for iPhone – Calendar and Reminders by Flexibits Inc.
Third Place: Minecraft – Pocket Edition by Mojang

 


Most Innovative App Category

iOS Division

Winner: IFTTT by IFTTT

Second Place: Mailbox by Orchestra, Inc.
Third Place: DEVICE 6 by Simogo

 


Best Visual Design Category

iOS Division

Winner: Paper by FiftyThree by FiftyThree, Inc.

Second Place: Procreate – Sketch, paint, create. by Savage Interactive Pty Ltd
Third Place: Infinity Blade III by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

 

Hit the jump for the full list of winners in all categories of the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

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The 10th anniversary International Mobile Gaming Awards have come to a close, and after 2 months of voting between 14 judges from Japan, Australia, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US, the results are in. Dozens of games were nominated, and many of them you will likely recognize, but only a select few could actually win this fantastic recognition. You can find the final results, which were announced in San Francisco at the 10th IMGA ceremony on March 20, below.

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Best Serious Game: Artisitco: The Game for Art Lovers by Play Art Labs, Ltd. Israel
Excellence in Art Design: Year Walk by Simogo, Sweden
Excellence in Sound Design: Papa Sangre II by Somethin’Else, published by Playground Publishing, The Netherlands
Best Technical Achievement: Clumsy Ninja by Natural Motion, United Kingdom
Best Shared Experience: Heads Up by Warner Bros., United States
Excellence in Storytelling: République by Camouflaj, United States
Best Quikplay: Colossatron – Massive World Threat by Halfbrick Studios, Australia
Best Upcoming Game: Framed by Loveshack Entertainment, Australia.
Excellence in Innovation: Blek by Kunabi Brother, Austria
Excellence in Gameplay: rymdkapsel by Grapefrukt Games, Sweden
People’s Choice: Tiny Thief by 5 Ants Spain, published by Rovio, Finland
Jury’s Honorable Mention: Luxuria Superbia by Tale of Tales, Belgium
Grand Prix: Badland by Frogmind, Finland

source: IMGA

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Now in it’s 10th year, the International Mobile Gaming Awards is in the final days of accepting submissions for their annual awards. Just a quick reminder to submit your mobile games to the awards before January 16th. (Disclosure, the author is a member of the IMGA jury)

The Annual Awards Ceremony will be held in San Francisco as part of a one day event including pitching sessions, reception, ceremony, and party. If you want to participate as a developer this year, here are a few things you need to know:

Games can be nominated if released after January 1st, 2013 or are yet to be published. Developers will get the chance to apply to participate in the ‘pitching session’ just before the awards ceremony on March 18 in San Francisco. This will give developers the chance to get feedback from journalists and leading publishers.

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Since 2004, the IMGA has been at the forefront of the mobile gaming industry and has become the most prestigious international competition for mobile games. The IMGA is calling all developers and studios from around the world to submit their games.

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The Annual Awards Ceremony will be held in San Francisco as part of a one day event including pitching sessions, reception, ceremony, and party. If you want to participate as a developer this year, here are a few things you need to know:

Games can be nominated if released after January 1st, 2013 or are yet to be published. The IMGA has not defined any categories. Participants can specify their own category. As for the winners, the jury will define the denomination of the prizes, with the exception of the Grand Prix (overall winner) and the Public Choice Award. The full list of prizes will be announced on February 10.

Developers will get the chance to apply to participate in the ‘pitching session’ just before the awards ceremony on March 18 in San Francisco. This will give developers the chance to get feedback from journalists and leading publishers.

As of today, developers can submit their game online at www.imgawards.com and compete in an international arena with top studios and individual developers from all over the world. Entries close on January 16th, 2014.
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When a week starts off with New Year’s Eve, it’s bound to be a good one, and this week was no exception at 148Apps.com. Site founder Jeff Scott started us off with a bang by saying, “We are proud to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Best App Ever Awards. The awards that celebrate the best apps available, not just the best selling. This year we saw an amazing response with over 715,000 nominations submitted for 6,755 unique apps!

Voting is now open and will remain open through January 31st, 2013. Winners will be announced in February and details on that are to come.”

Want to see the complete list of nominees, and get in on the voting? Head to 148Apps.

Over at GiggleApps.com, Amy Solomon took a closer look at Hansel & Gretel: Lost, saying, “Hansel & Gretel: Lost is a well crafted re-telling of this classic story for iPad, wonderfully illustrated with animations as well as including top-notch narration, music and sound effects. Auto-play is also an option as well as silencing the narration to read this book by oneself.

It is easy to tell from the first page that this app is something special. The illustrations are lush with color and beautiful to look at with a marbled textured style that I always find appealing. Every element in this book is at a superlative level of quality that adults will greatly appreciate, as will their children.”

Read Amy’s complete review at GiggleApps.

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-10-05 :: Category: Books

Finally, AndroidRundown.com writer Carter Dotson took on the establishment and challenged the conventional wisdom about “iPhone Killer” hardware: “Well, it took a bit longer than expected, but it seems like Google is finally going to use their Motorola acquisition to actually make a standout phone for themselves, the “X Phone.” Or whatever the next Nexus device will be called.

The immediate speculation swirling around is that this is finally Google’s “iPhone Killer.” You know, like the other Nexus devices that were iPhone killers. I don’t think that anything at this point will be an iPhone killer. It just isn’t going to happen.”

Read more of Carter’s missive at AndroidRundown.

And so begins 2013! Keep track of all the latest happenings, including developments in the Best App Ever Awards, by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Pinterest. And from all of us across the 148Apps network of sites, have a Happy New Year!

5th Annual Best App Ever Awards Launched

In late 2008, in response to then mounting chart pressure, we started the Best App Ever Awards to honor some of the best apps available, not just the best selling. At that time, and it’s ever more true now, high position on the top apps charts was thought of by many to be the only measure of success. We knew there were better ways to honor the best apps, and started the Best App Ever Awards.

Now in it’s 5th year, the goal of the Best App Ever Awards remains unchanged. Honor the best apps, even if they are not chart toppers. It’s with great pride that we open up this years awards for nominations.

The Best App Ever awards is the one of the most prestigious awards for mobile apps and games. Last year over 1,500,000 votes were cast in the quest to find the best. This year it’s back bigger and better than ever. Users can nominate their favorite apps and games in any of over 100 categories by heading to the app nomination page and choosing a category.

Nominations are open through the end of the year. After that the nominations will be tallied and the top ten iOS apps in each category will battle it out for the awards. In addition, the ten iOS apps that get the most nominations overall will fight it out for the title of Best App Ever.

Start nominating your favorite apps and games now, head on over to Best App Ever!!

Today at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona the the winners of the 8th Annual International Mobile Games Awards were announced. These apps represent the cream of the crop from every corner of the globe, so rest assured that when you download these you’re getting only the best of the best. Also, 148Apps has a special connection to the awards as our owner, the ruggedly handsome Jeff Scott, is a member of the judges panel (hi boss!). So without further ado, here are your winners.

Best Casual Game
Sprinkle
MediocreAB
Sweden

Best mobile social game
Charadium 2
On5
Lithuania

Best Real World Game
Meatspace Invasion (France iTunes Store only)
C4M and Mekensleep
France

Best Sports Game
Touchgrind BMX
IllusionLabs
Sweden

Excellence in Gameplay
Infinity Blade 2
Chair
USA

Most Innovative Game
Superbrothers : Sword and Sworcery EP
Capy
Canada

Grand Prix (Best Overall)
Infinity Blade 2
Chair
USA

People’s choice
Flick Tennis: College Wars
Rolocule Games
India

Contre jour
Mokus Games
Ukraine

The nominated applications for the 2011 Best App Ever Awards have just been announced. This year saw a huge increase in the number of nominations placed and the number of applications nominated. The big change this year was the introduction of Android applications to the awards, with each category (other than the Best App Ever category) having a winner from each platform.

The Best App Ever Awards are the most prestigious (if we do say so ourselves) and longest running mobile app awards. Last year saw nearly 500,000 votes cast in the awards, and this year the goal is over a million. Here are a few more stats on this year’s awards:

2011 Best App Ever Awards, By The Numbers:

  287,643 nominations placed by users at the site
  7,243 different applications submitted for nomination
  1,692 different application are final nominees
  1,336 different developers have apps nominated in the awards
  109 app / game categories in the 2011 awards
  76% of the nominations submitted were for iOS applications, 24% for Android applications
  42 Gameloft app nominations, Gameloft leads the pack with the most of any publisher
  20 nominations per category (10 for iOS, 10 for Android)
  1 Best App Ever category winner (it’s iOS vs. Android)

The overall winner, the Best App Ever will be chosen in a no-holds-barred cage match between the 10 top iOS and 10 top Android nominees. Only one supreme app will reign supreme as the single best app on its mobile platform. Which will it be? The iOS nominees are listed below:

Best App Ever

The overall best app of the year. Nominees are the apps that received the most nominations across all categories
» Codea from Two Lives Left
» Flipboard from Flipboard Inc.
» Infinity Blade II from Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Jetpack Joyride from Halfbrick Studios
» SpellCraft School of Magic from Appy Entertainment, Inc.
» Temple Run from Imangi Studios, LLC
» Tiny Tower from NimbleBit LLC
» Tiny Wings from Andreas Illiger
» Where’s My Water? from Disney
» Zombie Gunship from Limbic Software

Voting is open now through January 25th with the final winners to be announced at the 2011 Macworld / iWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA. Shortly after, they will be posted to the Best App Ever site, and we’ll point you to them there as well. Make sure you get your votes in early, and take advantage of the social sharing option on the site to rally support for your favorite apps.

Hit the jump (or see the Best App Ever site for the full list of iOS apps nominated in the 2011 Best App Ever awards in the other 108 categories.

And let us know in the comments, who you think will win, iOS or Android for Best App Ever?

Continue reading 2011 Best App Ever Nominees Announced »

This Week at 148Apps, December 5-9

This week at 148Apps.com, we opened the floodgates for the 2011 Best App Ever Awards. Site founder Jeff Scott writes, “In its fourth year, the Best App Ever awards is a people’s choice awards for apps. Last year over 500,000 votes were cast in the quest to find the best apps, not just the best selling. This year it’s back bigger and better than ever. In a big change this year, not just iOS but also Android applications and games are up for nomination in the awards competition. Users can nominate their favorite apps and games in any of the multiple categories by heading to the app nomination page and choosing a category.”

Read more about the 2011 Best App Ever Awards on 148Apps.

Over at GiggleApps, our site dedicated to reviewing the latest apps for kids, reviewer Amy Solomon took a closer look at the new Charlie Brown Christmas App, saying, “It is lovely that children can decorate their own tree with included ornaments and other decorations, as well as a few that must be earned by finding all the hidden items as accomplishments. This area is found on the first title page of the book and can easily be overlooked as one starts to read. Please look for it. I am also smitten with the last page of this app where the characters are all shown with image and name, and a tap letting readers hear the line they are most noted for in this story, a great section for me to go over with my son as he is new to these characters.”

Get into the Christmas spirit and read the full review on GiggleApps.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-11-17 :: Category: Books

Finally, AndroidRundown writer Carter Dotson published a commentary regarding the recent CarrierIQ revelations. Dotson says, “Some of the fallout is settling from the explosive Carrier IQ revelations – naturally, most parties involved are denying any kind of wrongdoing, or even that their tools are even installed at all on the phones. Apps to search for the existence of the tools on phones now exist. As well, apparently even Carrier IQ was found on iOS devices, although Apple has pledged to remove them in a future iOS software update. Interestingly, one researcher has found that the software likely isn’t sending vast swaths of user personal information back to carriers and manufacturers, although there are still some questions about the data that is being recorded by Carrier IQ tools. In fact, a lot of this data may be used for benign purposes such as determining where phone calls are being dropped, rather than any kind of purpose of spying on user information.”

Read the full CarrierIQ rundown on AndroidRundown.

We’re done for this week. But next week brings us that much closer to Christmas, and closer to the new year. Keep informed by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. Jingle on your merry way….and see you next week.

2011 Best App Ever Awards Now Live!

The 2011 Best App Ever Awards have launched. It’s time to nominate your favorite apps and games of 2011.

In it’s fourth year, the Best App Ever awards is a people’s choice awards for apps. Last year over 500,000 votes were cast in the quest to find the best apps, not just the best selling. This year it’s back bigger and better than ever.

In a big change this year, not just iOS but also Android applications and games are up for nomination in the awards competition. Users can nominate their favorite apps and games in any of the multiple categories by heading to the app nomination page and choosing a category.

Nominations are open through the end of the year. After that the nominations will be tallied and the top 10 iOS and Android apps in each category will fight it out for the awards. In addition, the 10 iOS and 10 Android apps that get the most nominations overall will fight it out for the title of Best App Ever.

What app do you think will win for Best App Ever in 2011?

Start Nominating Apps Now!

Perfect Slice Review

Perfect Slice Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Players are invited to test their skill at cutting a seemingly endless supply of everyday objects perfectly in half. Pit a steady finger against a merciless timer to unlock levels and win awards.

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The British Academy of Film and Television offers a select amount of Video Game awards to highlight the best of the video game industry. For the first time ever, an iOS game has won, beating out games on more traditional handheld platforms like the DS and PSP. In addition, Chillingo/Zeptolab, the developers of Cut the Rope, beat out large companies like Sony, Nintendo and Warner Bros. to take home the prize of Best Handheld Game at the award ceremonies on March 16, 2011.

Cut the Rope is a physics based puzzle game that has sold more than six million copies worldwide on the iTunes App Store. No stranger to awards, it had already been given the honor of being listed in Apple’s iTunes Hall of Fame as well as our very own Best Apps Ever Awards. It’s also been noticed by the Game Developer’s Choice Awards for Best Handheld Game and PocketGamer’s Best iPhone Casual/Puzzle Game and Most Innovative iPhone game. The accolades keep pouring in!

One of the most popular games of the year, it’s easy to see why it’s getting such attention. Overall, this is fantastic news for iOS game developers, as they receive more praise from mainstream award and media outlets for their fantastic work. I, for one, hope that this trend continues and that iOS receives more legitimate credit as a capable and robust platform for games, not just as a mobile device, but as a gaming handheld it its own right.

Cut the Rope is available on the iPhone for $0.99; however, there is a ‘lite’ version to test before buying as well as a free Holiday themed ‘gift’ app which was released in December. Cut the Rope HD is also available on the iPad for $1.99. If you haven’t played this game yet, now is the perfect time to catch up on what all the award-wining fuss is about!

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-05 :: Category: Games

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games

Today we are proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Best App Ever Awards! This year we got nearly 500,000 votes for the 609 final nominees.

We started the Best App Ever Awards in 2008 as a way to help recognize great apps from big and small developers. This year saw a record number of both nominations and votes. Thanks to everyone who nominated or voted for an app.

Check back Monday, we’ll announce our HUGE promo code contest to celebrate all of the nominees.


Best App Ever Category

Winner: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
Second Place: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC
Third Place: Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit


Most Innovative App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Word Lens by Quest Visual
Second Place: EpicWin by supermono limited
Third Place: Instagram by Burbn, Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
Second Place: AmpKit+ by Agile Partners
Third Place: Air Video – Watch your videos anywhere! by InMethod s.r.o.


Best Visual Design Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Camera+ by tap tap tap
Second Place: Convertbot – The Amazing Unit Con… by Tapbots
Third Place: On this day… historical events an… by Sophiestication Software

iPad Division

Winner: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
Second Place: 2Do: Tasks Done in Style by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
Third Place: Pages by Apple Inc.


Best Use of iOS Hardware Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner by Big in Japan
Second Place: Flashlight+ by More Blu Sky
Third Place: Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide by Vito Technology Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
Second Place: Instapaper by Marco Arment
Third Place: PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.


Best Navigation App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG
Second Place: TomTom U.S.A. by TomTom International BV
Third Place: Geocaching by Groundspeak Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Waze – Social GPS navigation, tra… by Waze Inc.
Second Place: NAVIGON MobileNavigator USA by NAVIGON AG
Third Place: NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America by NAVIGON AG


Best Social Networking App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Instagram by Burbn, Inc.
Second Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.
Third Place: 9,999 Ringtones Uncensored PRO by No Tie, LLC

iPad Division

Winner: TextNow – Unlimited Free Texting an… by Enflick, Inc.
Second Place: Twitter by Twitter, Inc.
Third Place: Friendly Plus for Facebook by Oecoway Inc.


Best Publication App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Reeder by Silvio Rizzi
Second Place: Instapaper by Marco Arment
Third Place: MobileRSS Pro ~ Google RSS News Reader by NibiruTech Limited

iPad Division

Winner: Instapaper by Marco Arment
Second Place: Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
Third Place: Zinio Magazine & Book Reader by Zinio


Best News App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Stitcher Radio by Stitcher, Inc.
Second Place: Reeder by Silvio Rizzi
Third Place: iDygest by Dygest Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
Second Place: Reeder for iPad by Silvio Rizzi
Third Place: Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.


Best Travel App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Where To? – GPS points of interest by FutureTap
Second Place: Trip Journal by iQapps
Third Place: The Cartographer by A Tasty Pixel

iPad Division

Winner: FlightTrack Pro – Live Flight Sta… by Ben Kazez
Second Place: Fotopedia Heritage by Fotonauts Inc.
Third Place: Yelp by Yelp


Best Productivity App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: 2Do: Tasks Done in Style by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
Second Place: Dropbox by Dropbox
Third Place: LogMeIn Ignition by LogMeIn, Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Todo for iPad by Appigo
Second Place: Pocket Informant HD (Calendar & Tasks) by Web Information Solutions, Inc.
Third Place: Penultimate by Cocoa Box Design LLC


Best Musical App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: NanoStudio by Blip Interactive Ltd
Second Place: Reactable mobile by Reactable Systems SL
Third Place: Ocarina by Smule

iPad Division

Winner: MorphWiz by Jordan Rudess: Wizdom Music, LLC
Second Place: iBone – the Pocket Trombone by Spoonjack
Third Place: Reactable mobile by Reactable Systems SL


Best Photography App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Camera+ by tap tap tap
Second Place: PhotoCaddy – photography tips, help… by Aspyre Solutions
Third Place: FX Photo Studio by MacPhun LLC

iPad Division

Winner: Filterstorm by Tai Shimizu
Second Place: PhotoPal by MacPhun LLC
Third Place: Diptic by Peak Systems


Best Artistic App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Hipstamatic by Synthetic Corp
Second Place: Style Studio : Fashion Designer by XMG Studio Inc.
Third Place: SpinArt by 7twenty7 LLC

iPad Division

Winner: SketchBook Pro by Autodesk Inc.
Second Place: ArtStudio for iPad – draw, paint an… by Lucky Clan
Third Place: ArtRage by Ambient Design Ltd.


Best eBook App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: iBooks by Apple Inc.
Second Place: Kindle by Amazon.com
Third Place: Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media

iPad Division

Winner: iBooks by Apple Inc.
Second Place: The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media
Third Place: GoodReader for iPad by Good.iWare Ltd.


Best Reference App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Articles – The Wikipedia App by Sophiestication Software
Second Place: IMDb Movies & TV by IMDb
Third Place: AppShopper by AppShopper.com, LLC

iPad Division

Winner: IMDb Movies & TV by IMDb
Second Place: AppShopper by AppShopper.com, LLC
Third Place: MyFood – Nutrition Facts by Pomegranate Software


Best Educational App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Math Bingo by ABCya.com
Second Place: TeachMe: Kindergarten by 24x7digital LLC
Third Place: Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy by Craic Design

iPad Division

Winner: Math Bingo by ABCya.com
Second Place: Star Walk for iPad – interactive as… by Vito Technology Inc.
Third Place: TED by TED Conferences


Best Kids App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Grimm’s Rapunzel – 3D Interactive P… by Ideal Binary, Ltd.
Second Place: Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson
Third Place: Voices 2 ~ fun voice changing! by tap tap tap

iPad Division

Winner: Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson
Second Place: Grimm’s Rapunzel – 3D Interactive P… by Ideal Binary, Ltd.
Third Place: PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.


Best Young Adults App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: inClass by OneZeroWare
Second Place: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff
Third Place: NASA App by NASA

iPad Division

Winner: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff
Second Place: inClass by OneZeroWare
Third Place: The Elements: A Visual Exploration by Element Collection, Inc


Best Parenting App Category

iPhone Division

Winner: iRewardChart: Parents Reward Tracke… by Gotclues, Inc
Second Place: Kidopolis by Apps for Parents, LLC
Third Place: HomeRoutines by Wunderbear

iPad Division

Winner: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff
Second Place: Chore Pad HD by Nannek
Third Place: Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Cards for … by Creative Algorithms


Most Innovative Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
Second Place: Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd
Third Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

iPad Division

Winner: Osmos for iPad by Hemisphere Games
Second Place: The Incident by Big Bucket Software
Third Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC


Best Game Graphics Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd
Second Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
Third Place: Spirits by Spaces of Play

iPad Division

Winner: Zen Bound® 2 Universal by Secret Exit Ltd.
Second Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
Third Place: Osmos for iPad by Hemisphere Games


Best Game Controls Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
Second Place: Tilt to Live by One Man Left
Third Place: Mirror’s Edgeâ„¢ by Electronic Arts

iPad Division

Winner: The Incident by Big Bucket Software
Second Place: Alien Space by Owens Rodriguez
Third Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC


Best Multiplayer Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick Studios
Second Place: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC
Third Place: Words With Friends by Newtoy Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC
Second Place: Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys
Third Place: SCRABBLE for iPad by Electronic Arts


Best Casual Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
Second Place: Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd
Third Place: Slice It! by Com2uS Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Super 7 by No Monkeys
Second Place: Angry Birds HD by Chillingo Ltd
Third Place: Slice It! by Com2uS Inc.


Best Action Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Trucks and Skulls by Appy Entertainment, Inc.
Second Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
Third Place: Gun Bros by Glu

iPad Division

Winner: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
Second Place: Trucks and Skulls HD by Appy Entertainment, Inc.
Third Place: Alien Space by Owens Rodriguez


Best Arcade Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
Second Place: Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd
Third Place: Trucks and Skulls by Appy Entertainment, Inc.

iPad Division

Winner: Angry Birds HD by Chillingo Ltd
Second Place: Trucks and Skulls HD by Appy Entertainment, Inc.
Third Place: Fruit Ninja HD by Halfbrick Studios


Best Family Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
Second Place: Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys
Third Place: Mandala Memory by The DuKode Studio

iPad Division

Winner: Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys
Second Place: Doodle Rain HD by RMF Games
Third Place: MONOPOLY for iPad by Electronic Arts


Best MMO Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC
Second Place: GraalOnline Classic by EUROCENTER
Third Place: My Kingdom by Chillingo Ltd

iPad Division

Winner: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC
Second Place: Dungeon Defenders: First Wave by Trendy Entertainment
Third Place: GraalOnline Classic by EUROCENTER


Best Retro Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Commodore 64 by Manomio LLC
Second Place: ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection by Elite Systems Ltd
Third Place: Jenga by NaturalMotion

iPad Division

Winner: Sword Of Fargoal Legends by Chillingo Ltd
Second Place: Edge by Mobigame
Third Place: Pinball HD by OOO Gameprom


Best Puzzle Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd
Second Place: Edge by Mobigame
Third Place: Trainyard by Matt Rix

iPad Division

Winner: Edge by Mobigame
Second Place: Creatures & Castles by hiive
Third Place: Mahjong Artifacts: Chapter 2 HD by G5 Entertainment


Best Racing Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd
Second Place: Drag Racer: Pro Tuner by XMG Studio Inc.
Third Place: Reckless Racing by Electronic Arts

iPad Division

Winner: Need for Speedâ„¢ Hot Pursuit for iPad by Electronic Arts
Second Place: Real Racing HD by Firemint Pty Ltd
Third Place: Need for Speed Shift for iPad by Electronic Arts


Best Strategy Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games, Inc.
Second Place: Sentinel 3: Homeworld by Origin8
Third Place: Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys

iPad Division

Winner: Sentinel 3: Homeworld by Origin8
Second Place: Plants vs. Zombies HD by PopCap Games, Inc.
Third Place: Shanghai Mahjong by MobileAge


Best Word Game Category

iPhone Division

Winner: Words With Friends by Newtoy Inc.
Second Place: Word Solitaire: Aurora by Candywriter
Third Place: SCRABBLE by Electronic Arts

iPad Division

Winner: Word Solitaire HD by Candywriter
Second Place: SCRABBLE for iPad by Electronic Arts
Third Place: Charadium by On5

Nominations for the 2010 Best App Ever awards, the People’s Choice of mobile apps, are well under way. We’re expecting a record number of nominations this year having already received 21,000 nominations. Nominations are open through the end of the day, 12/31. We’ll open up the final voting a few days after the new year. Voting will stay open until January 25th and we will announce the winners of the Best App Ever awards during the 2010 Macworld Expo.

2010 saw the release of the iPad and a whole new class of apps. And this year we’ve included the iPad apps in the Best App Ever awards with duplicate awards in all categories. Below you will find the current top 5 nominees in each category and division ordered alphabetically.

Most Innovative App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» EpicWin by supermono limited » Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
» Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC » Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Momento by d3i Ltd » Notes Plus by Viet Tran
» Twitter by Twitter, Inc. » Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad by Quickoffice, Inc.
» Word Lens by Quest Visual » Twitter by Twitter, Inc.

 

Best Visual Design

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez » FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez
» Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC » Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
» Knorr by CloudSourceIT » Pages by Apple Inc.
» On this day… by Sophiestication Software » Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
» The Cartographer by A Tasty Pixel » djay by algoriddim

 

Best Use of iOS Hardware

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» 360 Panorama by Occipital » Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios
» Flashlight+ by More Blu Sky » Epic Citadel by Epic Games, Inc.
» PocketCPR by Bio-Detek, Inc. » Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner by Big in Japan » Instapaper by Marco Arment
» Star Walk by Vito Technology Inc. » RAGE HD by id Software

 

Best Navigation App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» MotionX GPS Drive by MotionX » NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG
» NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG » NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America by NAVIGON AG
» OffMaps by Felix Lamouroux » Navfree USA by Geolife Ltd.
» TomTom U.S.A. by TomTom International BV » OffMaps by Felix Lamouroux
» Waze by Waze Inc. » Waze by Waze Inc.

 


Continue reading Announcing the Top Nominees of the 2010 Best App Ever Awards »

148Apps is proud to announce the launch of the 2010 Best App Ever Awards. Created with the goal of building public awareness of the very best apps available, not just the best-selling apps, the Best App Ever Awards has a broad set of award categories covering both apps and games. The categories focus on the quality of the app design, the overall usefulness, and the fun factor. The awards are now open to receive nominations for apps and games in all 32 categories. Nominations will close on December 31st.

Once all nominations are totaled, verified, and calculated, we’ll take the top 10 nominations for each division (iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad) in each category and open them up to you, our readers to vote for the best. In addition, the 10 apps that get the most nominations overall, across all categories will compete for the title of Best App Ever.

On January 2nd, we’ll post the nominees for all categories and voting will start. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Macworld Expo.

Head on over to http://bestappever.com to nominate your favorite apps now.

While 148Apps is the creator of the Best App Ever Awards, we recognize that there is plenty of room for other awards for all of the awesome mobile app developers out there. GetJar, a company that bills themselves as the worlds second largest app store, are sponsoring a new kind of mobile app award, the Gettie awards.

These awards will honor just one app in each of six platforms: iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, J2ME, and Symbian. The winner in each category will win $15,000 in pay per download credits on GetJar. In addition, a single app will be chosen to win $25,000 in credit from GetJar.

“We are thrilled to honor the best and brightest application developers with The Gettie Awards this year,” said Ilja Laurs, CEO and Founder, GetJar. “We feel it is important to recognize the developer community’s achievements across all major platforms to really appreciate the amazing content that is responsible for today’s vibrant app economy.”

While I’m sure most developers would prefer cash, winning exposure on GetJar isn’t the worst prize in the world. I recommend all developers enter their best apps. You just might win!

Hit the jump for the full press release.

Continue reading Introducing The Getties – Cross Platform Mobile App Awards »

2009-Logo-Black-Stroke_largWe’re proud to announce the world’s largest iPhone app promo code contest held to honor the nominees of the 2009 Best App Ever Awards!

In honor of the second annual Best App Ever Awards, nominees were invited to submit promo codes for their apps for a promo code contest. What we got back was absolutely staggering. We have thus far received 912 1092 promo codes for 100 121 different apps. That comes to a total retail value of almost $2500 $3045!

Continue reading World’s Largest App Store Promo Code Contest! »

2009-Logo-Black-Stroke_largThe voting for the 2009 Best App Ever Awards is wrapping up. You have until the end of January 31st to get in your votes, if you haven’t already. Head over to http://bestappever.com and get your votes in!

The voting has been rather brisk this year. We’ve more than doubled the number of votes we got last year and there are still a few more days of votes to come in.

The winners will be announced on February 10th at Macworld in San Francisco. And to celebrate the nominees and the winners we will be having a party at Jillian’s in the Sony Metreon, right next to the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. If you are in town for Macworld, please stop by. The party will be from 6pm – 9pm and is graciously hosted by Medialets.

Get your free tickets to the Best App Ever Awards party at Eventbrite.

2009-Logo-Black-Stroke_largThe nominations phase of the 2009 Best App Ever Awards has wrapped up and we are very happy to announce the final nominees.

The nomination process lasted just under a month and saw 26,899 nominations for 3,839 different apps submitted to the site for the 56 different award categories. In addition to the public nominations, a committee of industry people and iPhone developers was gathered to help nominate apps. Five nominees from the public and five nominees from the committee were combined to come up with the nominees for each category.

In addition, the 10 apps that had the most nominations are competing for the award of Best App Ever.

Here are the 2009 Nominees!

Best App Ever – The overall best app of the year. Nominees are the 10 apps that received the most nominations overall

Voting page for Best App Ever: http://bestappever.com/v/bapp

- 2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Pus… from Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
- Eliminate Pro from ngmoco, Inc.
- Flight Control from Firemint
- HOMERUN BATTLE 3D from Com2uS Corp.
- Labyrinth 2 from Illusion Labs
- MiniSquadron from MrFungFung
- Pocket God from Bolt Creative
- Real Racing from Firemint
- Tweetie 2 from atebits
- iBlast Moki from Godzilab

Most Innovative App – The most innovative app on the iPhone OS platform

Voting page for Most Innovative App: http://bestappever.com/v/iapp

- 2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Pus… from Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
- Dragon Dictation from Nuance Communications
- Email ‘n Walk **As seen on the BBC*… from Phase2 Media
- I Am T-Pain from
- Moodagent – Automatic Playlist DJ… from Syntonetic
- Pocket God from Bolt Creative
- Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite from Quickoffice, Inc.
- RedLaser from Occipital
- Storyboard Composer from Cinemek Inc.
- Tweetie 2 from atebits

Most Useful App – The app you just can’t live without

Voting page for Most Useful App: http://bestappever.com/v/uapp

- Analytics App from AnalyticsApp.com
- Document Scanner from Zirak s.r.l.
- Ego from Garrett Murray
- Instapaper Pro from Marco Arment
- MoneyBook – finance with flair from noidentity
- PDF Reader Pro Edition from iTech Development Systems
- RSS Player Podcast Client from Alex Sokirynsky
- Todo from Appigo
- iStat – Sys Monitoring, Battery from Bjango
- iXpenseIt from FYI Mobileware, Inc.

Read on for the full list of nominees in all 56 categories.

Continue reading Announcing the Nominees for the 2009 Best App Ever Awards »

NOTE: Note that this is not the final list of nominees. Nominations are still open until 12/31. This are just the current leading nominees in each category based on public nominations. Thefinal list of nominees will be announced on January 1st, 2010.

2009-Logo-Black-Stroke_largWith less than two weeks to go to nominate apps, we’re proud to announce some of the current top nominees for the 2009 Best App Ever Awards. The list below includes the top 5 nominees in each category organized alphabetically as chosen by the public. Remember that in the end there will be 10 nominees in each category with 5 coming from the public and 5 from a list of industry experts.

We’ve already received over 13,000 nominations for over 2,300 different applications. The turnout has been fantastic. Don’t see your favorite app on the list? There’s still time, head on over to http://bestappever.com and nominate your favorite apps.

Click on an app title below to go to that category nomination page. Or, click here to start nominating other apps. Nominations are open through 12/31/2009 and voting for the winners will start on 1/1/2010.

Current Top Nominees — nominations open through 12/31/2009

Most Innovative App

2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Push and Sync by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
Finger Physics by PressOK Entertainment
Parallel Kingdom AOE by PerBlue Inc
Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite by Quickoffice, Inc.
Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

Most Useful App

Convertbot by Tapbots
MoneyBook – finance with flair by noidentity
Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite by Quickoffice, Inc.
Todo by Appigo
iStat – Sys Monitoring, Battery by Bjango

Read on for the full list of top nominees.


Continue reading Current Top Nominees Announced for 2009 Best App Ever Awards »

On the second night of it’s 2009 World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced the winners of the this years Apple Design Awards. The winners are split amongst the Mac and iPhone applications submitted by their developers for the competition. Winning applications are considered to be the pinnacle of design and user experience and recognize technical excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement. This year’s iPhone application winners along with their award descriptions are:

iPhone Developer Showcase

MLB.com At Bat 2009 version 1.0.1 from MLB.com (app info)

MLB At Bat 2009 is an innovative, highly connected app that sets a great standard for all other iPhone sports apps to follow.

At Bat 2009 is the fastest, most detailed way to follow baseball on an iPhone or iPod touch. Users can listen live to every regular and postseason game with no blackout restrictions, see real-time scores, play highlights, and stream audio of all games At Bat 2009 uses MediaPlayer for in-game video highlights, AudioToolbox for streaming audio, QuartzCore, CoreGraphics, UIKit, and Core Animation to optimize the user experience, SQLite for data caching and tracking video view history, and SystemConfiguration for reach-ability.

Postage version 1.0.1 from Rogue Sheep (app info)

Postage sets a new standard for attractiveness and ease of use in an iPhone app.

With Postage you create and send beautiful, personalized digital postcards using the built-in camera and Photo Library. Core Animation provides smooth transitions and eye-catching effects while Quartz provides high quality graphics, effects, and text display. With 3G/Edge/Wi-Fi networking, you have connectivity virtually everywhere. And you can easily select recipients of your Postage postcards with Address Book integration.

Topple 2 version 1.1 from ngmoco:) (app info)

Topple 2 is an ideal model for excellent iPhone game and game sequel design, technology adoption, performance, connectedness, and localization.

Topple 2 combines the features of multitouch and the accelerometer to create a game about stacking blocks and keeping them from toppling over. Local WiFi multiplayer mode enables game play between two players, and a challenge mode where recorded sessions can be sent to others players via email, twitter or facebook. Localized for English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, Topple 2 uses multiple iPhone SDK technologies including UIKit, OpenGL ES, Bonjour, CFNetwork, Multi-Touch, Accelerometer, Email, and Twitter and Facebook integration.
Continue reading Apple Announces iPhone Winners of the Apple Design Awards »

Twitterrific 2.0

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Twitterrific 2.0 is a well made update to the critically acclaimed, 2008 Apple Design Award winning, Twitter app. The app is definitely geared more towards the Twitter power user, but it has enough charm to delight the masses. If Iconfactory addresses just a couple of issues in the near future, Twitterrific could become my Twitter app of choice (or at least in my 3 app rotation).

Read The Full Review »
Eliss

Eliss

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
While major publishers work to port their blockbuster games to the iPhone, it's the indie developers that are paving the way to the platform's strong suits. Eliss brings innovation as well as targeted controls to the playing field, but how well does it actually deliver?

Read The Full Review »

The IGF Mobile awards were announced at the Game Developers Conference this week, and the iPhone, less than a year after commercial games became available for it, swept the awards winning all categories.

In celebration of these awards and due to extra publicity by Apple in the App Store, have reduced their prices to help increase sales for the nominated applications. Here’s a rundown of the winners:

Best Mobile Game – Fieldrunners
(on sale for $2.99, down from $4.99 iTunes Link)

Best iPhone Game – Zen Bound
($4.99 iTunes Link)

Innovation in Game Design – Galcon
(on sale for $0.99, down from $4.99 iTunes Link)

Mobile Achievement in Art – Fieldrunners
(on sale for $2.99, down from $4.99 iTunes Link)

Technical Achievement Award – Real Racing
(Not yet released – target release date: late April, 2009)

Mobile Audio Achievement – Zen Bound
($4.99 iTunes Link)

Papers

Papers

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
I'm not a scientist or medical professional so I can't attest to all of Papers' merits, but I can tell you that it appears to be a robust app that comes with a fine pedigree: The OS X version of Papers won a 2007 Apple Design Award for best scientific application for the Mac. Since Papers for the iPhone syncs with the OS X version, it allows you to leverage scientific research already in hand and also includes several search engines so you can not only take your research library with you on the go, but also add to it.

Read The Full Review »

With nominations being open for just under a week, we have now received over 5,000 nominations in the 2008 Best App Ever Awards. Haven’t nominated your favorite apps yet? Head on over to http://bestappever.com and get moving, nominations are open until 12/30.

This inaugural competition is the first iPhone OS Application achievement awards to recognize the best iPhone apps and games released in the iTunes App Store in 2008. The goal is to help publicize the very best apps available, not just the best-selling apps.

Nominations are still tight with it being a pretty open race in all of the categories as it stands right now. Especially so with the Best App Ever race — less than 75 nominations separate the #1 from the #10 nominee.

Here’s how some of the nominations break down as of 12/22 12:00pm Pacific:

Total nominations: 5,079
Total apps nominated: 725

Category with most nominations: Most Useful App
Category with least nominations: Free Or Ad Supported Game

Category with most apps nominated: Most Innovative App
Category with the least apps nominated: Best Racing Game

Tightest category (least # of nominations separate #1-#10): Best 99 Cent Game
Widest category (most # of nominations separate #1-#10): Best Casual Game

We’ll post here again to let you know the final nominees and when voting is open on 12/31.

148apps.com is proud to announce the launch of the 2008 Best App Ever Awards. A new site to allow you to nominate the apps and games you best love for over 30 awards including the title Best App Ever. We want to honor the best in iPhone apps and games, not just the best selling.

The awards are now open to receive nominations for apps and games. Nominations end on December 30th.

Once all nominations are totaled, verified, and calculated, we’ll take the top 5 nominated from the site and combine those with 5 nominations from the list of bloggers, developers, and industry people we have been contacting about these awards. That will give us 10 nominations for each category. In addition, the 10 apps that get the most votes across all categories will compete for the title of Best App Ever.

On December 31st we’ll post the nominees for all categories and voting will start. Winners will be announced on January 7th, 2009 at the MacWorld Expo.

Head on over to http://bestappever.com to nominate your favorite apps.

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