The soaring popularity of smartphones has been matched by a tidal wave of new apps. Going by numbers obtained from consumer data firm Statista, there are now roughly 3.8 million entries available in the Google Play Store, while Apple's App Store boasts somewhere in the region of 2 million apps.
That's a whole lot of software to sift through, and as you all know only too well, there's a huge amount of crap out there. Finding the diamonds in the rough can be tricky, and there's arguably no better way than word of mouth, so for this week's question we're asking: which smartphone apps are essential? Help separate the wheat from the chaff by sharing your top picks using the comments facility below.