The Mobile World Congress has now officially kicked off and we brought you the highlights from Eric Schmidt’s keynote presentation earlier today. In other MWC news, Samsung was awarded Device Manufacturer of the Year by hosts GSMA of MWC 2012 in Barcelona. It is an organization dedicated to protecting the “interests of mobile operators worldwide.” Samsung was also awarded Best Smartphone for the Galaxy S II. According to Samsung, the award is “in recognition of the device‚Äôs powerful performance and overwhelming response from consumers.” Samsung noted the Galaxy S II is its fastest selling device in history with over 10 million units sold in just 5 months and 20 million in 10 months.

Samsung’s President of IT & Mobile Communications Division JK Shin said the following:

“We are pleased to receive this honor from GSMA and believe that it’s a testament to Samsung’s innovation, quality products, and attention to consumer preferences. We sold over 97 million smartphones in 2011, demonstrating that this is the right approach”