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Even though we’re iOS loving people around here, we’re still proud to announce the winners of the very first Best App Ever Awards for Android!

With 1,500 apps nominated for over 30 categories, over two months, it’s been a fantastic success at finding the very best apps and games out there. Here are the winners:

Best App Ever – Android Division

Winner: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Second Place: SolGroup by SolStudio at Daum
Third Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.

Most Innovative App – Android Division

Winner: Dead Trigger 2 by MADFINGER Games
Second Place: WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.
Third Place: SnapChat by Snapchat Inc.

Best Visual Design – Android Division

Winner: Timely Alarm Clock by Bitspin
Second Place: JotterPad (Writer) by 2 App Studio
Third Place: Smart Volume Control+ by Direct-services s.r.o.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners in all categories of the 1st Annual Best App Ever for Android Awards!
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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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We are very proud to announce the launch of the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards!

Now in the 6th year, the awards received over 5 million votes last year! The Best App Ever Awards were created to help bring attention to the favorite apps and games of the fans of iOS and Android devices, not the best selling. Each year fans help us pick the best apps and games in dozens of categories and award the developers well deserved praise.

The iOS award nominations will be open through January 15th, 2014. At that point we will tally the nominations and announce the final nominees for the 6th annual awards. Voting will open shortly after that.

The voting for the iOS awards will open on January 16th, 2014 and run through March 1st, 2014. The winners will be announced during the 2014 Macworld / iWorld Expo in San Francisco, March 27-29, 2014.

Start Nominating Now!

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Celebrate the App Store’s birthday with us — share your favorite apps and games on Facebook.

AppStoreTurns5It’s hard to believe that just half a decade ago, apps weren’t a “thing”. If you wanted to game on the go, or be productive while mobile, your choices were few, you were usually limited to the in-built software for your phone. With apps though, pretty much anything’s now possible. You can use your phone to write documents, find recipes, DJ, play all manner of games, oh yeah, and call and text.

So with this in mind, we’re celebrating this landmark along with our friends at Pocket Gamer, PocketGamer.biz, AppSpy and beyond, over on the Best App Ever Facebook Page. Our editors and regular contributors will be documenting their five favorite apps and games of the last five years, along with their hopes for the App Store in the future.

We’d love for you to be a part of it too. Share your favorite five games, and your wishes for the store moving forward, over on the Best App Ever Facebook Wall.

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The Best App Ever Awards have been around ever since ever since the App Store first came into being five years ago. Each year the best of the best have been culled from hundreds (even thousands) of releases. This list represents five years worth of winners, as decided by Best App Ever readers. Five years worth of apps and games that have been chosen above all others due to their all-around awesomeness. Five of the Best Apps Ever.

Here they are.

2008

bae_shazam01bae_shazam02Shazam (Shazam Entertainment)
A lot of people were pretty excited when the iPhone first came out, and it was apps like Shazam that helped to keep them that way. In a time when smartphones were being scoffed at, being able to hold your phone up to a speaker and have it identify whatever song is currently playing was pretty freaking impressive. It goes so far beyond kitschy stuff like virtual lighters or photo booths. This is an app that serves an incredibly useful purpose; especially for those of us who enjoy finding new music.

2008 was the App Store’s first year, and even then there was no shortage of great apps and games for iOS users to enjoy. The likes of eWallet, Fieldrunners, Facebook, and Rolando were all exemplary nominees. However, in the end they just weren’t able to compete with the ability to identify any song that’s playing on the radio, in a store, or wherever else. It’s simply too handy.

2009

bae_pocketgodPocket God (Bolt Creative)
I don’t want to be presumptuous, but Bolt Creative may very well be responsible for creating the current “Feel like something’s missing? Wait for an update!” environment that has overtaken the App Store. With 47 (47!!!) episodes released to date, Pocket God is just might be the most thoroughly supported app in the world. This funky sandbox of wrongness has seen so many tweaks and changes over the years that it provides users with mini-games that cover almost every single popular genre on the App Store.

2009 was very close, but Pocket God managed to take first place over apps like 2Do and Twitter, and some wonderful games like Real Racing and Flight Control. Perhaps it was due to all the diversity inherent in all those episodes, or maybe people just really like torturing small virtual islanders. Whatever the reason, Bolt Creative captured a lot of hearts (and probably zapped them with lightning or tossed them to the sharks) that year.

2010

bae_angrybirdsAngry Birds (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
Say and think what you will about Angry Birds and its current cultural phenomenon status; it’s still a clever game. Rovio’s little physics puzzler that could took the App Store by storm and has continued to do so with multiple spin-offs. Often duplicated, never replicated, this little bird-chucking game has solidified the genre as something synonymous with mobile gaming. There’s even one version that uses the “Star Wars” license. Honestly, there aren’t many other iOS games that can make that claim, and even fewer that aren’t directly affiliated with Lucasarts one way or another.

2010 saw the inclusion of a number of fantastic iOS games to the awards. Games like Infinity Blade, Real Racing 2, and Solipskier are all wonderful in their own right. That makes it all the more impressive so see them, and second place nominee Pocket Legends get edged out by a game about loading birds into a slingshot. Don’t underestimate the power of simple yet addictive gameplay.

2011

bae_jetpackjoyrideJetpack Joyride (Halfbrick Studios)
Barry Steakfries wasn’t new to the App Store when Jetpack Joyride was released, but it is the game that cemented his mobile celebrity status. Barry’s hijacking of a jetpack made of machine guns wasn’t exactly groundbreaking in terms of gameplay (think a hybrid of endless runners and classic corridor flying games like Copter), but Halfbrick polished the heck out of all the mechanics and absolutely overloaded it with personality. To this day it’s still one of the best examples of “just one more try” games on iOS.

2011 was a great year for iOS gamers. Infinity Blade II, World of Goo, Tiny Tower, Where’s My Water, and a whole lot more all made the list. To see little ol’ Barry with his impossible flying machine sitting above them all is a great indication of just how powerful and compulsive an extremely well-made endless game can be. Especially on a mobile platform.

2012

bae_walkingdeadWalking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Telltale’s adventure games have been a bit hit-and-miss over the years, but pretty much everyone felt The Walking Dead was a major hit. Lee’s tale won over many a stone-hearted gamer, and the iOS release more or less cemented Apple’s mobile devices as viable gaming platforms. Making the tough choices isn’t any easier when it’s on a smaller screen, that’s for sure.

2012 was another great year; with games like Punch Quest and Outwitters, and apps like Clear and Action Movie FX narrowly edged out. It’s a testament to how far the App Store has come to see so many great and diverse offerings listed. And it’s a testament to Telltale Games’ ability to craft an incredible story about equally incredible characters to see Walking Dead: The Game come out on top.

5th Annual Best App Ever Awards

iOS Winners Announced

In an awards celebration in beautiful Barcelona earlier today, the winners of the 5th Annual Best App Ever Awards were announced. It has been an amazing year for apps and an amazing year for the Best App Ever Awards. Receiving over five million votes, the awards this year reached a new pinnacle.


Chillingo founders Joe Wee and Chris Byatte accept the award for Most Innovative Game for The Act. (photo credit Jonathan Morris)

Today we are proud to announce the winners for awards covering both iOS apps and games. Over five million votes were received in the five weeks of voting. Without further ado, here are the winners.


Best App Ever Category

Winner: Walking Dead: The Game by Telltale Inc

Second Place: Evernote by Evernote
Third Place: Minecraft Pocket Edition by Mojang

Here’s a special note from Telltale accepting the win for the Best App Ever!


Most Innovative App Category


Winner: Launch Center Pro by App Cubby

Second Place: The Silent History by Ying Horowitz & Quinn LLC
Third Place: Figure by Propellerhead Software AB


Best Visual Design Category


Winner: Google Maps by Google, Inc.

Second Place: Paper by FiftyThree by FiftyThree, Inc.
Third Place: Clear by Realmac Software


Most Innovative Game Category


Winner: The Act by Chillingo Ltd

Second Place: The Room by Fireproof Games
Third Place: Plague Inc. by Ndemic Creations

 

For the full list of winners and nominees, head on over to Best App Ever. A text version is also available for quick reference.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!

Best App Ever iPhone App Released

Posted by on January 31st, 2013
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It came a little late, but the Best App Ever voting app has been released. While voting on the Best App Ever Awards ends on the site at midnight Pacific tonight, it will be open in the app through February 6th. That’s right, if you submit votes through the app you’ll have nearly an extra week of voting.

So grab the app now, and continue voting! Or head to Best App Ever site and get your final votes in today.

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!

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.

Best App Ever

The overall best app of the year. Nominees are the apps that received the most nominations across all categories
» Action Movie FX from Bad Robot Interactive
» Clear from Realmac Software
» Evernote from Evernote
» Google Maps from Google, Inc.
» Minecraft – Pocket Edition from Mojang
» Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour from Gameloft
» Outwitters from One Man Left
» Punch Quest from Rocketcat Games
» The Room from Fireproof Games
» Walking Dead: The Game from Telltale Inc

Hit the jump for the list of the remaining nominees in the 100+ categories. Or head right on over to Best App Ever to start voting. Best of luck everyone!


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The final hours of 2012 are here. In 2012, we’ve survived the end of the world, no worse for wear, and it’s on to whatever 2013 holds. But as you are preparing for your New Year’s Eve, remember to submit your last minute Best App Ever nominations.

Nominations have already surpassed 400,000 but there is still a chance to have your voice heard. Nominations close at midnight, Pacific time (GMT-8) on December 31. Get your nominations in now!

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!!

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. This year we also include more education and kids related app categories.

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!!

Now Free: Solar Walk – 3D Solar System Model

Posted by on October 12th, 2012
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Best App Ever 2010 Honorable Mention app, Solar Walk, is now free in the iTunes App Store. Be sure to grab this if you love astronomy and science. And who doesn’t?

This 3D Solar System model lets you navigate through space and time, see all the planets in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structures, history of their exploration, points of interest and more. It even has detailed 3D models of the most interesting man-made satellites. Use 3D mode to get a more realistic experience and zoom out to view and spin the entire Galaxy!

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Spacetime Studios is celebrating their win this year in the 2011 Best App Ever awards for Best MMO Game for Star Legends, a top pick here as well. In fact, both the iOS and the Android version took the top spot in this category. It also doesn’t hurt that Spacetime’s other MMO, Pocket Legends, won Best Multiplayer Game in the Android category, as well.

To get the word out, they’re offering players an entry to win a Chromebook as well as a chance to win a pile of platinum (in game currency) just for logging in to the game. In addition, they’re taking half off the price of Premium Starter Characters in the MMO, and giving away a commemorative Best Antenna Ever Vanity Helmet for their avatar.

The contest and the associated deals will run from February 1st through the 8th, so get in there while you can, and find out what all the buzz is about. New players as well as old will be entered into the contests automatically, so what have you got to lose?


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This Week at 148Apps: January 23-27

There was a vast profusion of cool stuff happening across the 148Apps network this week, but the top of the top was the culmination of our 2011 Best App Ever awards. Head honcho Jeff Scott writes, “It was an amazing year. With over 1.5 million votes cast (over three times the number cast last year) and a record number of nominations, we now have the winners of the 2011 Best App Ever Awards. Thanks to all that voted, nominated, and made these fantastic apps!”

Read the full list of winners, and our own Carter Dotson’s take on them, on 148Apps.com.

Kid-friendly GiggleApps featured a review of Fun Clock-Learn to Tell Time. Reviewer Amy Solomon writes, “Few apps actually tackle explaining the true concept of telling time they way this app does. After watching the included video in Fun Clock – Learn to Tell Time, children will be will well on their way to understanding how to read a analogue clock. As a parent, I don’t think I could have explained this better myself, also wishing that this video had been around when I was a child.”

Take the time to read the full review on GiggleApps.

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Released: 2011-09-22 :: Category: Education

Finally, over at Android Rundown, Carter Dotson took a closer look at Apple’s recent iBooks education initiative and evaluated it for what it could mean for the Android platform. Dotson writes, “It may not have been the sexiest announcement, but Android supporters – manufacturers and users alike – should not underestimate Apple’s education gambit. Their big push into education with iBooks 2 being optimized for textbooks (both the reading and selling thereof) and iTunes U offering deeper integration with college courses could be the necessary roots they have to lay down for long-term success at the expense of Android.”

Read the full commentary on Android Rundown.

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Released: 2010-04-02 :: Category: Books

And that’s the week that was. Don’t forget to read a full list of Best App Ever winners at www.bestappever.com, and keep following us on Twitter and Facebook for all the contests, news and reviews you can eat. I’ll be playing Jetpack Joyride non-stop until next week, but I’ll see you back here then.

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?

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This Week at 148Apps, December 12-16

This week at 148Apps.com we delved into the latest from the developers of Hipstamatic, the “disposable” Hipstamatic D-Series app. 148Apps founder Jeff Scott says, “I got a chance to try out the new app and can report that Hipstamatic D-Series does indeed bring back the nostalgic memories of sharing a disposable camera and swapping double prints into the digital age. It’s a great idea and well executed. There’s even the anxious need to burn the last shot by taking a picture of your foot, just to get the roll developed quicker. It’s indeed very fun.

Delve further by reading the full run-down on 148Apps.com.

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Released: 2011-12-15 :: Category: Photography

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At GiggleApps.com, reviewer Amy Solomon took a close look at the first interactive book from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, There’s No Place Like Space. Solomon says, “There’s No Place Like Space, although a creative, fun and educational book, is not written by Seuss himself, although it is written in a Seuss-like style. I enjoy this book, as does my son, but my husband and I did comment to ourselves that the text is not as well-written as the classic books by Seuss.”

Read the full review at GiggleApps.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-11-16 :: Category: Books

Finally, 148Apps.biz site editor Rob LeFebvre reported on a new report from mobile analytics company Flurry. LeFebvre writes, “Flurry shows the fact that developers are making more money on iOS than on Android, even as the numbers of Android OS enabled smartphones continues to increase, commanding as much as 53% of the market, according to an NPD Group study released yesterday as well.”

Intrigued? Read more on 148Apps.biz.

As your advent calendar continues to count towards December 25th, don’t forget to vote for our 2011 Best App Ever, and keep track of the latest news, reviews and contests via our Facebook and Twitter streams.

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.

$4.99
+ 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!

We’re proud to announce the final nominees for the 2010 Best App Ever Awards. After over 87,000 nominations cast by you, the users, we now have our final nominees.

We launched the Best App Ever awards in 2008 to help recognize the best iOS applications, not just the most popular. This year we saw nominations for nearly 3,000 different apps, and it all comes down to this.

Voting is open now through 1/25. We’ll announce the winners at the 2011 Macworld Expo in San Francisco. We’ll have more information on that in the coming days. New this year, we’ve added a separate division for iPad applications. So in each of the categories you can vote for one iPhone / iPod touch application and one iPad application. And in addition to the individual overall application categories, the top
10 nominees overall are up for the award of Best App Ever.

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

- Angry Birds from Clickgamer.com
- Eliminate Pro from ngmoco, Inc.
- Infinity Blade from Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
- Pocket Frogs from NimbleBit
- Pocket Legends (3D MMO) from Spacetime Studios, LLC
- Pulse News Reader from Alphonso Labs Inc.
- Real Racing 2 from Firemint Pty Ltd
- Red Nova from Colin Walsh
- Samurai II: Vengeance from MADFINGER Games, a.s.
- Solipskier from Mikengreg

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees in all categories. Pick out your favorite apps and vote soon!


Continue reading Announcing the Final 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.

2009-Logo-Black-Stroke_largOur parent site, 148Apps is wrapping up their promo code contest to celebrate all of the nominees for the second annual Best App Ever Awards.

There are plenty of promo codes still to be given away including lots of educational and parent apps like Peekaboo Barn, Peekaboo Wild, Madera & Figaro in The Rescue of Ginger, Little Red, Mathemagics and many many more.

Head on over to the Best App Ever promo code contest to see the rules, prizes, and info on how to enter for each of the apps. But hurry, the contest wraps up this weekend.

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 »

In celebration of all of the nominated apps in the 2008 Best App Ever Awards, we’ll be hosting a massive promo code giveaway starting Monday, 1/12. Thanks to the developers of the promoted applications, we have over 200 promo codes for 40 different apps to give away! We’re going to give them all away next week. There are two way to sign yourself up for the giveaway:

1 – Follow us on Twitter (@148apps) – we’ll randomly DM a promo code to some of our followers.

2 – Become a fan of our Facebook page. I’ll randomly send messages to our Facebook fans with promo codes.

It’s just that easy. The smart person would do both — it doubles your chances.

In addition, we’re going to give away a grand prize with the winner getting 20 promo codes.

Check back next week for more details.

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.

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