|Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics’ mobile business unit, and Sasha Twining, a presenter for Mobile World Live TV, pose with a trophy that the Korean tech giant’s Gear Fit won for best mobile device at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona on Thursday. (Samsung Electronics)|
Samsung Electronics’ new smart wristband Gear Fit won the award for best mobile device at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday.
GSMA, the organizer of the MWC trade show, chooses the most innovative device displayed at the event and announces the winner for the award on the last day of the show.
Sporting the world’s first 1.84-inch curved display, Samsung Gear Fit received a lot of attention from the media and consumers.
The wristband is also equipped with a heart-beat monitoring sensor, and has fitness software that tracks users’ exercise routines.
Users can receive alerts on the wristband for incoming calls, text messages, emails and schedule alerts from their Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
Samsung’s global rivals HTC and LG Electronics also won accolades for innovation.
Earlier this week, HTC’s One handset was named the best smartphone of 2013 for its design and user interface, according to the organizer.
Samsung’s local rival LG Electronics was named the most innovative device manufacturer.
Samsung’s and LG’s flagship smartphone models, the Galaxy S5 and G Pro 2, respectively, were both chosen as top products by many IT media outlets including Ubergizmo, Android Authority and Know Your Mobile.
By Kim Young-won (firstname.lastname@example.org