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All-time most popular apps revealed

Apple’s hugely popular App Store passed the 25 billion download mark this week, demonstrating the US tech giant’s dominance in the mobile market.

The equivalent of three apps for every person on the planet is an impressive statistic, and Apple issued a thank-you to all its customers for helping it reach this historic milestone.

Research has found that iPhone users have, on average, around 60 apps each. But what have been the most successful apps in the App Store’s history?

The results offer an interesting insight into what we use our smartphones for – talking to each other, buying things, and playing lots of games.

Free apps on Apple App Store

In terms of free apps, there’re no prizes for guessing that the Facebook app is the most popular among iPhone users worldwide. The social networking app is closely followed by radio app Pandora Radio, the free version of Words With Friends and Skype.

In terms of the British market, Facebook still holds the top spot. But it seems we’ve got our priorities slightly different to the rest of the world, with Skype coming in second place.

This was closely followed by eBay, showing that we all love a bargain here in the UK. Google Earth and Google Search came in fourth and fifth respectively.

Paid apps on Apple App Store

When it comes to paid apps, it seems all we are willing to pay for is games, games, games. In the worldwide stakes, everybody’s favourite disgruntled winged creatures, the Angry Birds, took the top spot.

This was closely followed by some other classic app games that we all know and love. Fruit Ninja was in second place, followed by Doodle Jump and Cut The Rope.

There wasn’t a great deal of difference between our national table and the world rankings. The only variation came in the form of WhatsApp Messenger, which ranked second behind Angry Birds.