Gartner: 80% of smartphones shipped will have AI by 2022

Up from 10% in 2017.

To coincide with last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Gartner published a report about AI-powered smartphones, as vendors start adding more AI technologies to their product roadmap.

Gartner predicts that by 2022, 80% of smartphones shipped will have on-device AI capabilities, up from 10 percent in 2017. On-device AI is currently limited to premium devices, which includes Android smartphones powered by Snapdragon 820/821/835 and Kirin 970, as well as new iPhones with A11 Bionic. It provides better data protection and power management than full cloud-based AI, since data is processed and stored locally.

Gartner research director, CK Lu said, “With smartphones increasingly becoming a commodity device, vendors are looking for ways to differentiate their products. Future AI capabilities will allow smartphones to learn, plan and solve problems for users. This isn’t just about making the smartphone smarter, but augmenting people by reducing their cognitive load. However, AI capabilities on smartphones are still in very early stages.”


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