Handango Champion Award Finalists Announced

Handango has announced the finalists for the annual Handango Champion Awards. The awards recognize outstanding applications in the burgeoning mobile software market.

Finalists were chosen by votes from software developers, members of the media and other industry experts. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on July 24, 2003 at the Handango Partner Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Awards will be presented for Palm OS®, Pocket PC, Symbian OS™, Java™, Windows® Powered Smartphone and Linux platforms in the following categories:

  • Best Productivity Application
  • Best Game Application
  • Best Lifestyle Application
  • Best Business Application
  • Best Travel Application
  • Best Medical Application
  • Best Education Application

A complete list of finalists is available here.

"The Handango Champion Awards is an exciting opportunity to recognize excellence in this dynamic industry," said Laura Rippy, chief executive officer of Handango. "With more than 35,000 applications in our software catalog, this group of finalists represents the best of the best. The judges really have their work cut out for them."

The winners will be selected by an elite panel of judges including:

  • Shawn Barnett, Pen Computing
  • Matthew Bellows, Wireless Gaming Review
  • Richard Bloor, The Wireless Developer Network
  • Rich Brome, Phone Scoop
  • Jen Edwards, PocketGoddess
  • Leonard Fischer, Gannett News Service/USA TODAY
  • Larry Gerson, Gadget Guy
  • Richard Hoffman, Network Computing
  • James Hromadka, VisorCentral
  • Michal Jerz, My-Symbian
  • Ryan Kairer, Palm Infocenter
  • Ronny Ko, Bityard Magazine
  • Glenn Letham, The Wireless Developer Network
  • James Miller, PDAStreet
  • Ron Rosberg, ABC Radio – KGO AM810
  • Michael Sommer, Gadget Guy
  • Michael Yuan, Java World

At the awards ceremony, Handango will also recognize six software developers for their outstanding accomplishments in development, marketing and business practices. Handango will present a “Developer of the Year” award to one company for each of the major mobile software platforms.

Handango Champion Award recipients will receive a generous awards package including a $5,000 marketing stipend as well as numerous promotional opportunities. Handango will promote the winning software on Handango’s retail CDs and feature the winners and finalists on Handango’s Web and on-device properties. Print and Web-compatible award logos will also be provided to all award recipients and finalists to recognize their achievement and for use in marketing materials.

With this announcement, Handango is also opening nominations for the "People's Choice" awards on the Handango Web site at www.handango.com within each product description, visitors can play judge and cast a vote for their favorite applications in a variety of categories.

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Bejeweled again?

kevdo @ 5/23/2003 7:20:22 PM #
I think we all can agree Bejeweled is one killer game. But isn't this game a couple years old now?

Wish Handango had limited the nominees to programs introduced or updated with major revisions in the last year.

-Kevin Crossman

What about me?
rmhurdman @ 5/23/2003 7:28:17 PM #
I don't know, I thought my game, Market Trade, was pretty cool. Maybe it didn't get thousands of downloads because it doesn't have 3-D graphics, but it's a fun way to pass a little bit of time (like on public transit) without killing your braincells. I guess I'll have to come up with something new for next year's awards.

RE: Bejeweled again?
Gekko @ 5/23/2003 8:22:25 PM #
Re: Market Trade

The current BEAR market probably has something to do with it. It would have been a lot more popular if it was introduced during the bubble of 1995-1999.

Nice game anyway. Thanks for your efforts.

RE: Bejeweled again?
abosco @ 5/23/2003 11:13:52 PM #
I agree, Bejeweled, while nice, is just the same game with a few enhancements such as some nice graphics and good sound. But it's still the same game. Billiards 4 should win that category easily, but I'm trying to understand why Monopoly is there, and why GTS Racing/Insaniquarium/Dragonfire aren't on that list in place of it? It looks like a list from two years ago.

BTW - Nice game, Rob. I've downloaded it and I'm checking it out now.

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RE: Bejeweled again?
macfixer @ 5/24/2003 11:48:23 AM #
They DID do a major update...remember, they added hi-res "advanced" graphics PLUS sounds. Pretty major to me, IMHO.

Plus, to not include one of the top-sellers would be a big hole in the awards...


Interesting nominations

G M Fude @ 5/23/2003 9:02:44 PM #
I see a few controversial nominations on the Handango Champion Award list. But some (to me anyway) are just plain puzzling. SilverScreen as Best Lifestyle App?

- Steve Smith
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.


pdangel @ 5/24/2003 7:38:22 AM #
Am very satisfied with XTNDConnect. The ex-HP guys have come up with some interesting sync, server and bluetooth products. The company i work with works uses there XTNDConncect Server product. That one is top of the bill.

PCMagazine has awarded Extended Systems' XTNDConnect Server five stars and the publication's prestigious Editor's Choice award. In addition to receiving five stars, the highest ranking possible, XTNDConnect Server was selected as the "Editor's Choice," outperforming Infowave Symmetry Pro and Microsoft Mobile Information Server 2002—Enterprise Edition.

My Thumbs up guys.

"There are 2 kind of people my friend....those with wires and those without"

Why Diet & Exercise Assistant instead of CalorieKing?

tsinvest @ 5/27/2003 12:46:44 PM #
I demoed both programs and ended up buying CalorieKing - it was easier to use and had a bigger database of foods. It also lets you sync your info on their site to display some info that is not available on the handheld. By the way I am speaking about CK version 3. Also on PalmGear CK had over 900 monthly downloads while DEA had over 500 - not that this makes all the difference, but obviously others feel the same as I do. BTW - DEA is a very nice program, however we are talking about "BEST" awards here - I think Handango needs to look at CK ver 3.

Regards, Tom S.
RE: Why Diet & Exercise Assistant instead of CalorieKing?
Palmster @ 5/28/2003 9:55:29 PM #
It's all a factor of the number of downloads for the "big" guys who buy ads on Handango. For instance, I've been using DOCTOR'S ORDERS-COMPLETE for over a year; bought it after comparing it to all the others and I've lost over 60 pounds with it in the past year. The other programs are okay, but DOCTOR'S ORDERS works best for me because it also tracks my medications and doctor appointments PLUS it has the easiest to use "fuel" and weight trackers to track progress against my targets. Again, they're all good programs, but since Damiltech is a small company who doesn't advertise, they don't get the attention (downloads) that the other guys do, even though I do believe that Dr's Orders IS the best.


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