Apple who? GetJar scoops ‘best app store’ at ME Awards

GetJar, the world’s largest free app store, is delighted to announce that, for the second year running, it has beaten its competitors to scoop the ‘Best App Store’ award at the ME Awards 2011.

Held last night at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, GetJar was on hand to collect the prestigious Best App Store Award in front of its defeated rivals, which included Apple App Store, Amazon Appstore and the Nokia Store.

Voted for by an esteemed judging panel of 400 mobile industry executives, GetJar was honoured with the award due to its unique business model, which offers consumers premium apps for free, whilst providing an unrivalled distribution platform and healthy return for developers, as well as access to millions of users for advertisers.

Tim Green, executive editor of Mobile Entertainment, said: “GetJar has done an incredible job of catapulting itself into the position of one of the biggest app stores in the world. Its open and free approach is one of a kind so we feel this is a thoroughly deserved award.”

Ilja Laurs, CEO and founder of GetJar, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been honoured with the ME Best App Store Award – and for the second year running! This has been a phenomenal year for GetJar: we’ve continued to grow at an incredible rate, reaching two billion downloads in June – more than any other cross-platform app store; and launched our pioneering GetJar Gold Program which gives consumers free, ongoing access to premium applications that they would have to pay for on other app stores. The program has exploded with downloads going through the roof and we’ve now got developers and advertisers queuing up to get involved! It’s just a shame that Apple won’t allow us to extend our great offering to iPhone users too – but maybe that’s our challenge for 2012!”

Now in its sixth year, the ME Awards recognise excellence within the international mobile content industry. Judged and attended by the cream de la crème of the mobile world, the awards present one of the most significant mobile events of the year.

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