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Over 1 Billion Cameras Shipped in Smartphones and Tablets During 2012, Says ABI Research

Posted by | January 3, 2013 .

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Almost every smartphone shipped today has an embedded rear camera and
one in three smartphones have a front-facing camera. The number of media
tablets with two cameras is even greater. Purchasers expect to be able
to take photos with their devices and the popularity of video calling is
driving the integration of front-facing cameras. ABI Research projects
one billion cameras were shipped in smartphones and tablets in 2012.

“Two hundred and
thirty million smartphones are projected to be shipped with gesture
recognition in 2015”

Apart from Nokia’s PureView 808, the majority of smartphone releases
this year have kept camera resolution around 8 megapixel. Instead,
mobile OEMs have looked into new features such as autofocus, rapid
capture mode, best picture, and better image captures for low light
environments. “Advancements in imaging technology are opening new doors
for smartphones and media tablets,” says senior analyst Josh Flood.
“Mobile device cameras are becoming more than just a digital camera for
taking snapshots of your kids and pet. New services like augmented
reality and gesture recognition are now easily conceivable in mobile
devices.” Furthermore, these new features in imaging technologies are
driving new services for mobile device users. Additionally, the general
advancements of imaging technologies or more specifically image
processors are now enabling mobile devices to interpret gestures.

According to ABI Research’s latest study on imaging technology in mobile
devices, 2.7 billion cameras in mobile devices are predicted to ship in
2018. Smartphones account for the majority of camera shipments, at 80%
of the volume. More smartphones are anticipated to include front-facing
cameras as video calling becomes more commonplace and the implementation
of LTE network infrastructure in countries will further strengthen the
demand of smartphones with these front-facing cameras. “Two hundred and
thirty million smartphones are projected to be shipped with gesture
recognition in 2015,” adds Flood.

The new study “More Than a Digital Camera” analyzes imaging technology
and new services enabled by cameras in mobile devices. It forms part of
ABI Research’s Mobile
Device Technologies (
Research Service.

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team
of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and
advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit,
or call +1.516.624.2500.

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