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Update to Snapseed app on Android brings RAW image editing support

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Google’s #Snapseed app for #Android is one of the highly rated photo editing applications on the platform. What makes it even better is the fact that it comes directly from #Google, which means the team behind it knows exactly what the Android users want. The application has now received a new update, which finally brings the ability to edit RAW photos by default.

Here’s the full changelog listed by Google:

  • Zoom navigator doesn’t obscure any part of the image
  • Filter name is displayed in title bar
  • Exif data is now fully preserved

The update should be live from the Play Store right away, but if it isn’t, make sure you head over to the My Apps section on the Play Store app from your phone and check manually. The ability to edit RAW or .dng images will go a long way in making Snapseed a more attractive proposition to photography enthusiasts.

Source: Google Play Store

Top 3 Free Android Apps For Photography

One of the best things about owning a smartphone is that you can customize it to perform any way you want to by simply installing apps on it. Some people make their smartphones as their gaming center while others their music hub. Most people however will say that they rely heavily on their smartphones for taking photos. The advances made in the camera technology of this device let them easily compete with dedicated point and shoot cameras.  Developers often offer these apps for Android for free to accumulate a larger user base.

android apps for photography

The Android platform has various apps for photography that you can use to enhance or edit your photos. If you love to share photos over your favorite social networks then here are the top 3 free apps for photography you can choose from.

Pixlr Express

If you are looking for a powerful photo editor that’s easy to use then you can’t go wrong with Pixlr Express. This app is created by Autodesk, the same people who created the award winning design software AutoCAD. While the Android offers basic editing tools for your photo this app extends it even more by providing you with almost everything you need right in your smartphone.

What a lot of people love about this app is its user interface that isn’t confusing at all. Everything is as simple as it gets. You will be able to make adjustments on your photo as well as place effects on them. There are more than 600 customization options for you to choose from making it a perfect choice for shutterbugs.

Snapseed

People looking for greater control over the effects and filters of their photos will love using Snapseed. This app which is created by Nik Software a company recently acquired by Google, first made a big impression over at the iOS platform. There are a lot of effects to choose from and the autocorrect feature is amazing. The design of the user interface is definitely a plus as users will find it easy to navigate. Once you have processed your photo you can immediately share it to your Google+ account. Oh, and by the way this app won the Best Mobile Photo App of 2012 (TIPA) and iPad App of the Year 2011.

Instagram

I know, I know, some of you might be thinking why is this app included here? Its recent change in Terms of Service has drawn flak from majority of its users but then the company has decided not to push through with the change. Instagram, which is now owned by Facebook, makes it easy for anyone to take amazing photos and share them easily to social networks. It makes ordinary pictures look like works of art just by adding filters to them.

One other feature this app has is its social aspect where you get to follow other people and see their latest uploaded photos. You’ll even be able to like the photos and comment on them.

Snapseed For Android Is Now On Google Play

Snapseed, the photo-editing app that was once exclusively available for iOS users, has finally arrived on Google Play.

Touted as the Best Mobile Photo App of 2012 by TIPA and last year’s iPad App of the Year, the app by Nik Software is now free to download. It requires a minimum of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though, so those with devices running older versions of Android are still unable to enjoy the app. The device also supports both phones and tablets as well as photos in JPEG and TIFF file formats. Supported languages include English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Arabic.

It would be recalled in September this year, Google acquired NikSoftware and fuelled rumors that the app is on its way to Google Play. Around a month later, Google’s Senior Engineering VP Vic Gundotra posted a photo taken via Snapseed on his Google+ page, hinting at its impending arrival.

The app allows its users to improve photos effortlessly using an option called Auto Correct, which instantly corrects an image’s color and exposure.

For added control, there is a feature called Tune Image to enhance a photo’s color through its White Balance, Contrast, Saturation, and White Balance.

More precise adjustments are possible, as well, through the Selective Adjust feature, which lets users select particular areas to retouch on an image.

Like Instagram, the app also comes with filters, such as Vintage, Grunge, Drama, and other creative enhancements like Tilt-Shift, Details, Center Focus.

Lastly, borders called Organic Frames, and features such as Crop, and Straighten & Rotate help users make their photos more presentable.

The app also encourages sharing on Google+ by adding a feature that makes sharing on the website, as well as other websites, easy.

Snapseed is also available on the App Store for free.

Click here to download Snapseed for Android.

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Photo taken with Snapseed hints at possible upcoming Google Play launch

When Google acquired Nik Software last month, the company mentioned that it is developing a version of the photo-editing and sharing app for Android. Now, a hint that such app might be arriving soon has possibly surfaced.

Senior Engineering VP for Google Vic Gundotra recently posted on his Google+ account a photo of a sunset that appears to be taken using Snapseed. Snapseed is currently available to iOS users, and it is highly unlikely that Google’s Senior Engineering VP uses an iOS-based mobile device. Thus, some concluded that this could only point to Snapseed for Android having an impending launch. If the assumption is correct, then the photo published on Google+ also reveals that Snapseed for Android will be closely integrated with the social network, allowing users to publish Snapseed photos instantly on their Google+ accounts.

The iOS version of Snapseed is a direct competitor of Instagram, a company that Facebook had been able to acquire. The Snapseed App, according to its iTunes page, is TIPA’s Best Mobile Photo App 2012 and the iPad App Of The Year, as well. It offers a feature called AutoCorrect, which makes enhancements on photos straight away. It also has Selective Adjust, which allows users to choose the regions in the photo that they want to adjust using controls like Saturation, Contrast, and White Balance. Like Instagram, Snapseed also comes with filters such as Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Tilt-Shift, as well as borders. Cropping and rotating are likewise possible. Furthermore, it lets users publish their photos immediately on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. Snapseed is able to save images in JPEG and TIFF format, and even as a RAW File. It offers support for various languages, including English, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, French, and Brazilian Portuguese. It is still unknown which of these features will be available on the Android version of the Snapseed app.

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Google Acquires Snapseed App Maker Nik Software

Google announced its recent purchase of Nik Software, a maker of tools for photography enthusiasts. Nik Software, which is behind the Snapseed mobile app on the iPhone, is a known rival of Instagram, a company that Facebook acquired in April this year.

Google’s purchase of Nik Software will help the Mountain View company position Google Plus better against Facebook. It will allow Google Plus to present itself not only as a social network, but also as a photo-sharing service. Through Nik Software, Google might be able to draw photography fans to Google Plus.

Nik Software, a 17-year-old San Diego, California-based company, is home to around a hundred employees. It already has a fan base of professional photographers for its products like Sharpener Pro, Dfine, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, apart from the Snapseed app.

The Snapseed app, however, remains to be the company’s most famous product. The $4.99 app boasts of 9 million users as well as awards like iPad App of the Year, Best Mobile Photo App 2012. It also enjoys a 4+ rating on the App Store. Generally, it gives users more control over the photographs they capture as compared to those found on Instagram. To date, it is only available to users of the iPhone and the iPad, but reportedly, it is preparing an Android version of the app, as well.

Through Nik Software’s technology, Google appears to be aiming to present itself as a service on which users can do more sophisticated photo editing. Google is already offering at present some basic photo features such as unlimited storage for pictures through Google+, and basic photo editing options through Picasa, which allows users to add filters and adjust colors and lighting.

Google, however, has not revealed its specific plans for Nik Software, including whether it has plans of pulling the plug on its other products, or keeping them as options. What is clear, at this point, is that Nik Software will be used to enhance the Google Plus experience. As Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra puts it on Google Plus, “We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone.”

via nytimes