Twenty percent of smartphones will sport facial recognition by 2012

As of now, only Android 4.0 and 4.1 tout the technology, but over the next two or three years, many more operating systems and manufacturers will incorporate it in their offerings.

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Twenty percent of smartphones will sport facial recognition by 2012 In five years there will be 665 million smartphones and tablets with the technology.
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  August 9, 2012

Almost 20% of smartphone shipments will have facial recognition software by 2012.

ABI research predicts that in five years there will be 665 million smartphones and tablets with the technology. As of now, only Android 4.0 and 4.1 tout the technology, but over the next two or three years, many more operating systems and manufacturers will incorporate it in their offerings.

"Facial recognition technology has improved drastically over the last 10 years and accuracy is almost always above 90%," says ABI Research senior analyst Josh Flood.  "That said, lighting conditions and facial expressions can sometimes cause problems with the recognition. However, the improvements in camera resolution and processing power utilized by mobile devices has helped greatly."

The technology is being implemented in Smart TVs too and larger 3D cameras instead of the regular 2D cameras in smartphones can be used.

ABI Research says that there will be a steady adoption of the technology in mobile devices and numerous mobile device application processor makers have already started drawing up plans and benefits for the technology.

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