The Global Mobile Awards is the world's largest annual exhibition and conference, which includes demonstrations of the latest mobile devices and presentations of modern technologies. The winners were announced at the 17th Global Mobile Awards held in Barcelona over four days. The Sumsung Galaxy S II was named the Best Smartphone of the Year, and the Apple iPad deservedly went to the Best Tablet of the Year.
This year, the flagship smartphone of the Korean company not only won the Global Mobile Awards, but was also able to topple the previous smartphone champion Apple iPhone 4, who took the Best Smartphone of 2011. Samsung's victory is a consequence of the big worldwide sales of Android phones right now. And it was Samsung that proved to be the leading partner for this platform. While Apple remains the largest smartphone maker in the world, the adoption of Android devices has increased significantly. According to the latest data, the share of devices running on the Android operating system is 50.9%, while iOS from Apple is in second place, accounting for only 23.8% of the market, despite an annual increase of about 8%.
Just as the Android OS is second to none in the mobile operating system market, the iPad is in a state of complete dominance in the tablet world. In the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple shipped about 18.7 million iPads, accounting for 59.1% of all sales. The second place was taken by the Kindle Fire tablet from the manufacturer Amazon with 16.7% market share.