Samsung wins three prizes at GSMA Global Mobile Awards


Manufacturer retains titles in the best device manufacturer and smartphone categories

Samsung has won three prizes at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2013, including ‘Device Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘Best Smartphone’, both for the second year running.

The manufacturer, which achieved number one status in the total mobile phone market as well as in the smartphone market last year, said the Device Manufacturer of the Year award recognised its “continued innovation and industry leading device portfolio”.

The Galaxy S III (pictured) was named Best Smartphone. It has achieved global sales of more than 40 million units since going on sale last May, making it the fastest selling device in Samsung’s history.

It was the successor to the Galaxy S II, which won the award at last year’s ceremony at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Samsung’s third award was won by its Galaxy Camera in the ‘Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronics Device’ category. The product, which enables 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

Samsung Electronics head of IT and mobile communications division JK Shin said: “2012 was a defining year for Samsung that saw us set new records in the mobile industry. The judges have recognised Samsung’s innovation across multiple categories.”

Other winners included Nokia, which won the award for ‘Best Feature Phone or Entry Level Phone’ with its Asha 305 handset, and Google and Asus in the ‘Best Mobile Tablet’ category with the Nexus 7.