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Out of all the recent technological developments, it’s artificial intelligence that has the most potential to
shake up our world. AI and machine learning are utilised in a range of professional fields, from research
centres to multinational businesses.
AI has also begun to affect how we live our day-to-day lives. If you’re wondering just how this can be,
you only need to take one look at your hand. Chances are, you’re reading this article through your
smartphone, which is where AI tech has the most potential. It's undeniable that smartphones alone are
changing our world,  with the rise of such portable tech enabling European and global startups to
innovate services , games, and the like. While AI is already present within smartphones, in many ways,
we have only just scratched its surface.
The current state of AI in smartphones
Digital assistants are the first things that come to mind when thinking of AI and smartphones.  Tech
writer Daniel Ling says that Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri can do everything  — from manipulating
home appliances, to setting your alarms. The introduction of Apple’s Face ID is also an example of AI,
as the tech mixes with facial recognition technology to capture the contours of a user’s face with
continued use. Image recognition can also be found in Samsung’s Bixby, where users can point their
camera at an image to learn more about it, translate its signs, or know where to find it online. Google
Assistant works with the entire Google ecosystem to check a user’s calendar, emails, and search habits
too.
Advances in photography
Photography capabilities are one of the biggest selling points to every smartphone. Every time a new
unit is slated to be released, tech sites from all over quibble about things like megapixels and colour
saturation. Smartphone photographers will then be pleased to know that AI might help improve camera
image quality. For example,  the Huawei P20 Pro produces low light photos by taking multiple shots  and
then stitching them together in a collage using AI. While this means that the camera takes some
seconds to develop a shot, this also points to the possibilities of more photography-based AI in future
smartphones.
Augmented reality
Smartphones are today’s de-facto device for companies who want to develop augmented reality tech.

Companies like Ikea and L’Oreal use AR apps to allow users to test their products in real life, whether
it’s figuring out how a sofa will look within a room or seeing a particular shade of makeup against a
user’s skin.  AI Business suggests that AI will be used to make such apps more customer-focused , as
the tech can be used to help developers anticipate where customers need an AR feature. The potentials
of this usage may greatly alter how we shop — a habit that’s already being altered by the growing e-
commerce industry.
Through fingerprint and face recognition tech, AI does a wonderful job of keeping our smartphones
secure. As we continue to rely on our smartphones on a daily basis, we should expect more developers
to rely on AI as a way to make our phones even smarter.
Written by A. Callyn

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