SOURCE: GetJar Networks Ltd.

December 17, 2008 03:10 ET

GetJar's Third Annual Mobile Award Winners Highlight Innovative Uses for Mobile Phones

18 Million Visitors per Month to Prove That 'Ordinary' Phones Can Be Used to Browse the Web, Get Directions, Stay Connected With Friends, and Even Scan-Copy-Fax

LONDON--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - GetJar (, the world's most popular destination for downloading mobile applications, has announced the third annual GetJar Mobile Awards: Google Maps, Opera Mini, scanR, Twitter and Strands Social Player are this year's stars.

Browsing the Web, getting directions, connecting with friends, and even copying and faxing -- all this can now be accomplished on a basic mobile phone. GetJar offers 10,000 unique applications for hundreds of handsets, and sees visitors from 140 countries, making these awards an interesting snapshot of how consumers are extending the functionality of their mobile phones. This year's winners highlight the growing trend of mobile phone applications becoming an integral part of consumers' daily lives.

The five winners of the 2008 GetJar Mobile Awards:

1. Product of the Year -- Google Maps for Mobile

Google Maps for mobile is a free, downloadable application that puts maps, driving directions, business listings, and much more in your pocket. And with the My Location feature, find your location with or without GPS. Available for BlackBerry, Java (J2ME), Pocket PC, Symbian.

2. Best Consumer App: Opera Mini

Opera Mini is a fast Web browser that allows you to access the full Internet on your phone. It lets you take all your favorite websites with you, and download images and MP3s when you're on the go. Available for BlackBerry, Java (J2ME), Palm, Pocket PC and nearly every other mobile platform.

3. Best Enterprise App: scanR

scanR turns your camera phone into a scanner, copier and fax. In the office, on the road, or at home -- wherever you are -- you can make digital copies using your mobile phone's camera. Available for: BlackBerry, Java (J2ME), Palm, Symbian.

4. Best Mobile Web Application: Twitter

This category recognizes a special class of application -- one that runs on the Web and is access from the phone. Twitter, the free social messaging utility, is now also on your mobile, so you can follow your friends' Tweets and tweet back at them. Available for BlackBerry, Java (J2ME), Pocket PC, Symbian.

5. "Up and Coming" App of the Year: Strands Social Player

Strands Social Player is a music player that works with MyStrands so you can discover new music, connect with people, and share your tastes with friends. The latest version supports scrobbling to Available for Java (J2ME) and Symbian.

Executive quotes for the 2008 GetJar Mobile Awards

"2008 was certainly the year when 'mobile app' became an everyday term," said Ilja Laurs, CEO of GetJar. "This year, we've seen a proliferation of new and innovative applications for mobile phones, and the GetJar Mobile Awards aim to reflect the amazing diversity of content that exists in the GetJar community. We congratulate the developers behind these excellent applications, which prove that it's possible to add stunning functionality to even the most simple handsets."

"We have a valuable relationship with GetJar, and we are pleased that Google Maps for mobile has been recognized as 'Product of the Year.' The GetJar site, one of the pre-eminent websites for mobile applications, has introduced Google Maps for mobile to cell phone owners around the world," said Ryan Pollock, product marketing manager, Google Mobile.

"We are very excited that Opera Mini has been recognized by GetJar as the Best Consumer App for their annual Mobile Awards," said Rolf Assev, chief strategy officer at Opera. "GetJar has proved to be a great outlet to market Opera products outside of our own website and we look forward to the continued relationship between GetJar and Opera."

"GetJar has a very wide reach and is easy to do business with -- both important enablers to get distribution of our mobile application," said Oliver Bremer, VP of mobile at Strands. "In the unlikely event that you need any help beyond what the site offers itself, the GetJar team is responsive like few others and takes their partners' success seriously."

The 2008 GetJar Mobile Awards

GetJar's annual Mobile Awards recognize the diversity and innovation of the applications available for mobile phones worldwide. The criteria for evaluation include the quality of the application, its popularity, the user experience, usage, and users' feedback.

About GetJar

GetJar is the world's most popular mobile application distribution and developer community with over 200,000 registered developers. GetJar's developer community sees more than 18 million consumer downloads every month from among 10,000+ different applications, from countries as diverse as the USA, UK, China, India and Indonesia. GetJar has proven itself so popular that recently the company struck deals to feature its applications store with major carriers such as 3UK, Vodafone, Optimus (Portugal) and Maxis (Malaysia) among others.

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