ABI Research has claimed that up to 600 million mobile phones will be shipped with vision-based gesture recognition features by 2017.
Gesture recognition technology adds further interactions with machines, devices and computers.
Communications firm Qualcomm has been heavily promoting its Snapdragon chipset processors' vision gesture technology throughout 2012.
All of its processors contain the circuitry to decode HD video resolution.
Only a small number of firms use the technology currently, with Korean organisation Pantech one of the only ones, according to ABI Research's Mobile Device Enabling Technologies paper.
Camera-based tracking for this has been used for some time with Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation both using it in its Kinect and PlayStation Eye software.
Senior analyst with ABI Research Josh Flood said that the possible widespread use of gesture recognition "is a very exciting prospect" for the smartphone and tablet market.
"These devices are already heavily entrenched into peoples' lives and another communication interface is always very welcome," the expert remarked.
Posted by Claire Marshall