Introducing The Ovation Awards - Recognizing The Apps That Earn The Most User Applause

The Ovation Awards are the only app awards to measure what brands & developers truly crave: the adoration and applause of their users and independent experts.

Boston, Massachusetts - November 12, 2014

The Ovation Awards, the only app awards to measure what brands & developers truly seek: the love and loyalty of users and experts - officially launched today with a call for public voting and a roster of expert judges from across the apps economy.

In today’s connected world, users decide which apps receive standing ovations and which ones receive a smattering of applause (or even bring out the boo birds). Created by Applause to celebrate app quality as defined by the people who matter most - the ones who live, breathe and, most importantly, use apps, the Ovation Awards will unfold in three stages:

  • Public voting: Nov 12 - Dec 14 - Vote for your favorite apps - vote for just one, or vote for 20 (one per category per OS) from our pool of 200 finalists. This is a big part of what our panel of expert judges will consider.
  • The Judges weigh in - Our panel includes accomplished mobile engineers, VCs, journalists, CEOs and others who understand apps inside and out. The decision of the judges will be final.
  • Winners to be announced January 14, 2015 - The winner for each category + OS will be announced, as will the grand-prize, overall winners for iOS and for Android.

Categories and Operating Systems

Winners in both iOS and Android will be decided across 10 categories: Business/Finance & Productivity; News/Info. & Books; Education; Entertainment & Fun; Games; Health & Wellness; Retail & Lifestyle; Music & Multimedia; Sports; and Travel.


The 200 finalists, the 20 category winners and the two grand prize winners will all receive fantastic prizes that acknowledge the current and continued quality of their app. Prizes include $5,000 in cash and $25,000 in free app quality services.

Determining the Finalists

To accurately measure user sentiment in order to narrow down millions of apps to a field of 200 finalists, a team of Applause analysts and data scientists utilized our mountain of data that fuels Applause Analytics (number of reviews, Applause score to measure user sentiment, et al). The team combined this data with additional data sources to gauge each app’s popularity and impact on the apps ecosystem to come up with a proprietary algorithm that determined the field of finalists. For the inaugural Ovation Awards, only apps from the U.S. app store were selected.


Judges for the Ovation Awards include Futurist Robert Scoble, WayMedia’s Herminone Way, LeWeb Co-Founder Geraldine LeMeur and experts, entrepreneurs and tech luminaries from across the apps economy.

The Ovation Awards

are the latest news in what has been a busy year for Applause. In January, the company announced it received a $43MM E-Round, led by Goldman Sachs . In May, Applause announced an expanded app quality offering and rebranded from uTest to Applause, and also made its entry into the EU with a major acquisition of top EU crowdtesting company, testhub (which became Applause EU). Just last week, Applause launched ARC - a free publication dedicated to providing expert analysis, information and research on every aspect of today’s apps economy.

About Applause

Applause is a world leader in testing and digital quality. Brands today win or lose customers through digital interactions, and Applause delivers authentic feedback on the quality of digital assets and experiences, provided by real users in real-world settings. Our disruptive approach harnesses the power of the Applause platform and leverages the uTest community of more than one million independent digital testers worldwide. Unlike traditional testing methods (including lab-based and offshoring), Applause responds with the speed, scale and flexibility that digital-focused brands require and expect. Applause provides insightful, actionable testing results that can directly inform go/no go release decisions, helping development teams build better and faster, and release with confidence. Digital-first brands rely on Applause as a best practice to deliver the digital experiences their customers love.

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Jennifer Maguire