Owners of devices like the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy 3 downloaded 60.1 billion apps throughout 2012 – 11 per cent more than the year before.

As more consumers adopt modern smartphones which boast access to multimedia storefronts, games and tools continue to grow in popularity.

Berg Insight believes that this positive growth will be maintained across coming years, with 108 billion installations being made in just four year's time.

Gadget lovers wishing to take advantage of the most substantial catalogues should purchase an Apple or Android device, which provide access to the App Store and Google Play respectively.

The American manufacturer adopted the "there's an app for that" phrase in order to boast about its impressive library, which is now 700,000-plus strong.

In Australia, games like Plants vs. Zombies HD and Temple Run 2 are dominating the iTunes chart alongside tools such as YouTube.

Apps can entertain, inform, increase productivity, educate, navigate and much more, and a lot of this useful software is even available for free.

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