Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

This app shows you what you’ll look like as you age

This app shows you what you’ll look like as you age

FaceApp, which uses AI to apply various effects to your face, including the viral old-age filter, has been trending the last few days, catapulting the app to the top spot as the #1 free app in Apple's App Store, and the top three in Google Play at the time of filing this report. FaceApp essentially owns the rights to any picture that you take with the app and they can even modify it.

Released on both iOS and Android more than two years ago, in the early months of 2017, the app was destined for virality from its very inception thanks to its genius premise: users upload a photo, AI algorithms do their behind-the-scenes magic, user receives a amusing augmented version of themselves that simply begs to be shared on social media. The app also gives you the option to edit photos from Facebook or of celebrities. Once downloaded, users can choose to allow the app to have access to your phone's photos or not.

So many people are taking part in a new fad of aging themselves and sharing the altered photos on social media.

The AI is scaringly good and the fact that it shows you how you'd look when you become old is quite a trip. Some of which are limited to premium in-app subscription purchases. The monthly subscription costs Rs 299 whereas an annual package will cost Rs 1,599.

The whole process of converting a person's picture into the older version of themselves sounds fun!

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Experts now warn that the use of the FaceApp could potentially leave users with their personal data exposed to unwanted parties.

It's not a new app, it's been around for a little while now, but is primarily billed as an app to make your selfies better.

Photoediting app FaceApp after resolving many of its glitches has once again started trending on the internet after a two-year break.

French security research Robert Bapiste, TechCrunch, and Guardian App's CEO, Will Strafach, say that FaceApp's issues are not as bad as they are thought to be. It's now one of the most downloaded apps for both iOS and Android, as #faceappchallenge posts have taken over social media.

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