The awards were sponsored by social live-streaming service VOOV, with portions of the event being broadcast live on the platform. The overall winner of the #StuffAwards was the Nintendo Switch, which took home Gadget of the Year award in addition to the award for Gaming Console of the Year.

According to the publication, it considered apps in seven categories and expects to see even more added for the 2019 awards.

Standard Bank’s Shyft took home the prize for Financial App of the Year for its multi-currency wallet solution. Cell C’s streaming service Black won Entertainment App of the Year. Service App of the Year went to personal assistant service Hey Jude, while Discovery secured the prize for Health App of the Year.

Online retailer Takealot won Online Shopping App of the Year, Delivery App of the Year went to Mr D Food and the Social Betterment App of the Year went to police and community communication tool, Namola.

"We've renamed our Gadget Awards the Stuff Awards to reflect the changing nature of the industry, where apps are as important as the devices they run on," says Stuff publisher and editor-in-chief Toby Shapshak.

"This year's winners really reflect that. We've looked at the best apps in a range of categories from delivery services to apps that improve our communities," Shapshak adds.

"Next year we're going to include additional apps from young developers, reward the vibrant selection of services making farmers lives easier and also look at more enterprise-orientated solutions," says Shapshak.

TV of the Year went to LG’s OLED65B7V display, while TV Gadget of the Year went to newcomer Kwesé Play for its set-top box. Watch of the Year was won by the third generation Apple Watch, and Apple also won Computer of the Year for the iMac 4K 21.5in.

Fujifilm once again secured both System Camera of the Year and Compact System of the Year honours for the X-T20 and X100F, while Fitbit took home the Fitness Gadget of the Year award for the Fitbit Alta HR.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 was awarded Phone of the Year, while Huawei’s P10 Lite took the prize in the Budget Phone of the Year category. Action Camera/Drone of the Year went to the DJI Spark and Jabra won the award for Headphones of the Year with its Sport Elite wireless headphones. Another first-time winner was Ultimate Ears, which took home Hi-Fi Gadget of the Year for the Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker.  

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