Now that the exciting show in Barcelona, Spain, has finally ended we are now starting to see the awards going out for best in show. Mobile World Congress is one of the most exciting mobile events of the year, and this time around was no exception. Even though HTC didn’t announce their device at MWC 2013 they still took home the gold.

The all-new HTC One was awarded best in show, or ‘Best Mobile Device’ but Sony was a close second and won a few awards of their own. Sadly this year wasn’t as good as some in the past, as many companies are opting to do their own show at a later date to steal all of the attention. HTC revealed the award winning HTC One the week before in NYC and London, and Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV passed on the event and will be announced March 14th in New York City.

This year the global mobile show in Barcelona was home to more than 72,000 attendees from 200 countries and more than 1,700 companies showcasing their latest and greatest products and technology. At the annual award ceremony the judges recognized the new HTC One as the “device that holds the most promise for success in the market this year, providing game-changing features, design and functionality.”

Sony’s impressive new Xperia Z smartphone came in a close second, but it won the award at CES so I don’t think they’re too sad to see HTC take home the gold. On the bright side the Sony Xperia Z Tablet won the award for the best slate, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 was just an afterthought for the judges. Oddly enough the peoples choice award went to Firefox’s new Mobile OS, but we’ll reserve judgement for a later day.

For everything exciting from Mobile World Congress from LG’s pile of smartphones, the new Sony slate, HP’s little Android offering, and much much more be sure and check out our MWC 2013 Portal. Congrats HTC!

[via MWC]

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