Facial recognition on smartphones and tablets is getting increasingly popular.

According to a new study from ABI Research, some 20 per cent of mobile phones shipped by the end of this year will incorporate facial recognition.

And within the next five years, ABI Research expects the number of handsets and tablets shipped that use the technology will balloon to 665 million devices per year.

Senior analyst at the research specialist Josh Flood said: "Facial recognition technology has improved drastically over the last ten years and accuracy is almost always above 90 per cent."

Mr Flood claimed that the reason for this is two-fold, digital cameras on mobile phones have improved dramatically and so has the processing power of modern smartphones.

A prime example of this is the new Samsung Galaxy S3 – the most pre-ordered Android smartphone ever released – which boasts a 4.8-inch screen, a quad-core processor and an 8MP 1080p digital camera.

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