Layar Triumphs at the Getties

David Murphy

Independent app store GetJar has unveiled the winners of the Gettie Awards, which celebrate the best applications across all major platforms.

The awards attracted 7,000 nominations from more than100 countries. iPhone accounted for 26 per cent of nominations, Android 20 per cent, Java 18 per cent, Symbian 15 per cent, Blackberry 13 per cent, and Windows Mobile, 9 per cent. Winners from seven categories were determined by a manual review the applications, with judges casting their votes to decide on the overall Gettie Award winner.

The winners are:
Best Java application: WaveSecure Backup
Helps keep personal data safe by letting you back up or restore your data securely.

Best Symbian application: Nimbuzz
Helps you get free calls, instant messaging, file & location sharing with Nimbuzz friends and Skype, Facebook, MSN/Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, AIM/AOL Instant Messenger, MySpace, ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, Hyves and more.

Best Windows Mobile application: Opera Mini
A fast, cost-efficient web browsing experience with lightning fast data loads to your phone.

Best Blackberry application: Kayak Flight/Hotel Search
Helps you compare hundreds of travel sites at once, organize your itinerary and track your flights

Best iPhone application: Tap Tap Revenge 3
Offers access to over 100 free songs and 100 premium bundles of music rhythm games.

Best Android application: Lookout
Helps identify and block security threats, backs up and restores a user’s personal data, and can quickly find a lost or stolen phone by pinpointing its location on a Google map or sounding a loud alarm.

Gettie Award for Best Overall Cross-platform App: Layar
Helps to better understand and enjoy your context by augmenting your reality with digital information and immersive experiences.