Demand for sports and health applications for the mobile phone market is set to more than triple within the next five years, new figures have suggested.

Statistics compiled by ABI Research showed the sector will expand to $400 million (£258 million) by 2016 from $120 million last year.

According to the organisation, improvements to the way mobile handsets access healthcare apps will result in the devices taking a much more prominent role in service provision.

Principal analyst at ABI Research Jonathan Collins said: “Downloadable apps are moving the sports tracking device market from proprietary devices to mobile phones.”

He added that while take-up was currently limited due to data collection restrictions, Bluetooth Smart connectivity will provide greater flexibility on mobile phones.

Cinema lovers can also benefit from the increase in new apps on the market, with Nokia recently advising customers to download either Movies by Flixter or IMDb if they are a fan of films.

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