While we’re waiting for HTC’s event scheduled for March 25th where they’ll show off their next flagship, they’ve won an award. The HTC One has been declared by the GSMA to be the top smartphone of 2013. This means that Samsung’s 2-year streak with the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 is over.
The HTC One has been loved by reviewers and the public, so it’s really nice to see HTC get validation for their effort. Especially since, in the US at least, the HTC One is the first carrier-branded smartphone to get Android 4.4 KitKat.
There are winners in other categories as well. Filip Technologies and AT&T have won the “Best Mobile-Enabled Consumer Electronics Device” award for their Filip wearable, which children can use for emergency contacts to family members. AT&T also won the “Best Consumer Mobile Service” award for AT&T Digital Life, which connects your home to the Internet.
LG also won “Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year” for their LG G2, with its buttons on the back and “Knock On” functionality. All in all, it’s a pretty good showing for Android device manufacturers.
The full list of winners is located at the GSMA website. The list is interesting, with a lot of players involved. But once again, congratulations to HTC for winning device of the year.