Developers have been extensively employing artificially intelligent algorithms in their mobile apps lately. Subsequently, we’ve been blessed with a series of unique applications such as Prisma or Switftkey keyboard. Now, FaceApp – the app that uses AI to fix your expressions in selfies and became popular ever since its iOS debut a couple of days back, has arrived for Android.

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FaceApp utilizes neural networks for transforming your face’s appearance and allows altering expressions such as adding smiles, making it look old or like a child. You can even change the gender if, for some purpose, you fancy that. The app works similar to other AI implementations we’ve seen in the past. The process includes uploading a photo (selfies, ideally) to FaceApp’s servers that do take a considerable amount of time, and then, you can tinker with various filters which themselves consume some additional seconds to provide results. You can then, save the output or create a collage. As far as group pictures are concerned, I tried, and FaceApp usually fails or selects any one face from the pack.

In terms of accuracy, though, FaceApp just like any other app in its early stages, needs some improvements. For starters, it doesn’t come up with the perfect fusion every time, and when it does, the picture clearly looks artificial with rough edges. Filters such as “child” never worked perfectly for me, the app merely softens the skins which as you would guess, looks fake. That being said, FaceApp can churn out a realistic image from time to time if your original photo has ideal lighting and settings.

FaceApp is entirely free of cost (with ads, of course), you can download it from the Play store from here, and for iOS, here. We hope the developers fix most of these issues in a future update and also boost the process’ speed by a significant time.

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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.