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Tuesday 12 April 2011

Facebook, Skype and Angry Birds win first Appy Awards

Carphone Warehouse Appy Awards won by major brands including Angry Birds, Photoshop, Skype and Facebook

Angry Birds poster
A poster for the game Angry Birds, the most popular iPhone app 

The first Carphone Warehouse Appy Awards have been won by a range of mobile phone apps representing the web's biggest brands. Presented at a London awards ceremony hosted by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, celebrities giving out awards included Jodie Kidd, James Cracknell and Peaches Geldof. The ten awards were voted for by the public.

The results were an affirmation of the best sellers across various app platforms.

Facebook won best time waster, while Angry Birds, the game that has won the approval even of Prime Minister David Cameron, won best game.

Although free apps dominated the awards, those that also typically come with either an initial purchase cost or an ongoing subscription or series of purchases were also represented. Spotify, the music streaming service which costs users up to £9.99 per month, and book store Amazon won best music and best lifestyle respectively.

Other winners in the remaining categories included Skype, the video chat and instant messaging app, for best money saving, eBay Fashion for best fashion and Photoshop for best photography. Sky Sports News won best sport, TripAdvisor best travel and Google Maps best time saver.

Host Richard Hammond said “apps have become such a big part of daily life, and it’s time that the best ones receive recognition”.

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