LONDON, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA today announced the nominees for the 19th annual Global Mobile Awards. The winners will be presented in an afternoon ceremony hosted by British actor, writer, presenter and comedian James Corden on Tuesday, 25th February at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In total, 160 nominees have been shortlisted for this year's Global Mobile Awards; the full list of nominees and awards categories can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com/nominees-2014/
"The GSMA warmly congratulates all those nominated in the 2014 Global Mobile Awards," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "We saw a record level of interest in the Global Mobile Awards this year, with more than 680 quality submissions, making it a very challenging task for our judges to select the short list. We very much look forward to recognising the winners at Mobile World Congress next month."
Several new categories have been introduced in the 2014 awards and, in total, 38 awards will be presented over eight categories, with six new awards showcasing evolving trends across the mobile ecosystem. Among the new awards, the 'Best Mobile Handset and Devices' category now has two smartphone awards that reflect the rapid growth of the smartphone market and recognise the positive impact of affordable devices. There have also been enhancements in the 'Best Mobile Technology' category, 'Social and Economic Development' category and the 'Apps of the Year' category, amongst others.
The Global Mobile Awards ceremony will begin at 14.30 in Hall 4, Auditorium 1. The ceremony is open to Mobile World Congress attendees from all shortlisted companies, regardless of pass type, as well as all other Mobile World Congress attendees holding Platinum, Gold, Silver or Press/Analyst passes.
The winners of the Government Leadership Awards, which recognise governments from around the world for their innovation and leadership in use of mobile technologies in the public sector, will be announced in a separate ceremony on Monday, 24th February.
The award for the 'Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014′ will be identified and selected from those on show at the event. The shortlist for this award will be announced on both Mobile World Live TV and the Global Mobile Awards website on 26th February, with the winner being honoured in a live presentation on Mobile World Live TV the following day.
The Global Mobile Awards 2014 host James Corden is the Tony Award-winning star of "One Man, Two Guvnors", which ran at the National Theatre in the UK and on Broadway in New York. James is a BAFTA-winning co-writer and star of British TV sitcom, "Gavin and Stacey", the four-time host of the BRIT Awards and also the host of Sky 1′s quiz show, "A League of Their Own". He recently starred in the Weinstein film production, "One Chance", is the co-creator, co-writer and star of the acclaimed BBC television comedy thriller, "The Wrong Mans" and has been filming "Into the Woods" alongside Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt.
More than 175 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in the judging process. In addition, the chief technology officers of 14 mobile operators took part in judging the "Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology" award, including CTOs from CSL, Eircom, KT, M1, MTN, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telefonica (Movistar and O2), Telstra, Three, T-Mobile, VimpelCom and Vodafone.
Full information on the Global Mobile Awards can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com.
The Mobile World Congress 2014 will be held 24th – 27th February at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. For further details please visit www.mobileworldcongress.com.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.