There seems to be a recurring theme at CES 2011. Android phones with “dual” components. Dual-core processors and dual cameras, one front and one rear. Let’s focus on the latter dual, cameras. While front-facing cameras have been available on phones in other parts of the world for years, it’s only recently becoming popular in the US. The first carrier sponsored Android phone with a front-facing camera was the EVO 4G. Then came the iPhone 4 shortly after with a front-facing camera. Others followed and even Google gave the technology a little push with the introduction of the Nexus S, a sort of design standard that Google uses to help promote innovation.
Within a year, it’s reasonable to assume most all leading smart phones will come with a front-facing camera for video chatting. So, the question is, how many people actually use this feature? Is it more of a novelty than a daily use technology? I have spent many hours on video chat, friends, family, wife etc and it is a great way to keep in touch with my distant relatives, but I am not sure if I’d actually use it on the phone.