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SPARKies shortlist focus: best app of 2012

This years Best App award saw an overwhelming number of entries with it being one of the most competitive categories. The award is sponsored by Cap2 Solutions, and this year’s shortlist are:

MyTalky, launched just last December the brainchild of Alamex and Intohand, MyTalky is a social voicemail app that allows the user to send audio messages via Twitter. MyTalky already has had success with a number of X Factor contestants here in the UK and in the USA using the app, it was also selected by Kate Russell on BBC Click as one of the favourite new apps of the year. An updated app is already in development that will allow messages to be sent via Facebook.

The Met Office app developed by the Met Office in conjunction with Mubaloo allows users to access an up-to-date 5 day weather forecast including wind speed, UV levels and sunrise and sunset times. Downloaded over 1 million times within 2 weeks of launch and accessed over 6.5 million times during one weekend alone in February 2012. The app has been voted the number 1 weather app by The Independent (June 2012) and the success of the app has been further proven as it has overtaken the Met Offices main website in terms of site traffic.

Clockwork Racers, developed by Opposable Games specialists in connected games allows multiple players to play together across different devices, featuring four characters, four tracks and one exciting Grand Prix challenge. The app has been nominated as it is changing how people and families interact through gaming, allowing for new shared experiences.

All three shortlisted have achieved success with their apps and the contrast between the nominees shows the growing success of app technology here in the region. The winner will be announced at The SPARKies on 20 March at Komedia.

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