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Smartphone app 'Hailo' named Grand Prix Winner at Appys

THE taxi smartphone application Hailo has been named the Grand Prix Winner at this year’s Appys.

The Appys award the best of the year’s applications, which have become part and parcel of our daily lives, and make things a lot easier for us than even a few years ago.

Hailo is an iPhone and Android app that allows users to get a taxi wherever they are, whenever they want. Users then pay the cab by cash or card, with no hidden fees.

This year’s awards received over 300 entries and were opened up to entries from social media apps, tablet apps and Cloud apps.

Other notable winners include “Best Banking App” for AIB, while Done Deal won “Best Retail & Coupon App”. “Best Entertainment App” went to Sky+.

Event organiser Des Doris commented: “Congratulations to all who made the shortlist and who won an award. Thanks also to our sponsors Vodafone Ireland, Independent.ie, Newstalk 106-108, Furious Tribe, Tapadoo and Alternatives Digital.”

“Apps will evolve from what we know them as today. Obviously gaming apps will still be very popular but apps are now intelligent pieces of software capable of better organising people’s lives. In the minds of the most adventurous app developers, this is just the first generation of technologies that we will wonder how we ever lived without,” said Stephen Conmy, event organiser and editor of Digital Times.