SPH mobile apps net two global awards

SPH mobile apps net two global awards

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has bagged two silver awards for mobile apps at an international competition for creative digital ideas.

The Straits Times SoShiok app and AsiaOne's iPad app won recognition at the 10th annual Davey Awards, a US-based international award judged by an Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts panel from media, advertising and marketing firms such as Disney, Microsoft and MTV.

The SPH apps were up against more than 4,000 entries this year.

SoShiok, a one-stop mobile dining guide with information on the latest restaurants as well as a search function for nearby eateries, won the silver award in the food & beverage category.

"The award will spur us to improve the app and enhance the user experience," said The Straits Times' associate editor and Life! editor Helen Chia in a statement yesterday.

"This is a lovely early Christmas present for the team who worked very hard to create an easy-to-use app for foodies."

AsiaOne's iPad app, which aggregates news and lifestyle features from various SPH publications, was honoured in the news category.

The app's users can customise the way they get their news updates.

This is the second international award the team has picked up since the iPad app was launched last December: it received an excellence award in May in the international Communicator Awards.

AsiaOne editor Adrian Tay said his team is constantly improving mobile and tablet offerings for readers. "Mobile readers are very important to us... Getting such recognition for our iPad app shows that our products are on the right track and keeping up with the best international standards," he said.

"This also shows that the AsiaOne team behind these products is a world-class act."

This article was first published on Dec 2, 2014.
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