Popular Photo Editing App Snapseed Now Available On Android [Review] Share
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When talking of some of the truly powerful and feature-rich photo editing apps, one name that instantly comes to mind is Snapseed. This award-winning cross-platform tool by Nik Software has been offering a variety of photo editing, enhancement & sharing features to iOS, Windows & Mac users for quite some time now. Impressed by the company’s astounding success particularly on iOS, Google acquired Nik Software back in September, and now the outright favorite photo editor of many a user is available for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher devices with almost all the goodies that iDevice users have been enjoying for months. Besides providing you with several basic and professional photo editing tools, Snapseed for Android brings to the table dozens of Instagram-style photo filters, effects and frames to make your pictures more appealing. Now that Google has acquired it, Snapseed’s deep integration with the popular search engine’s very own social network, Google+, to allow instant photo sharing is quite understandable. Besides debuting Snapseed on Android, the company has updated the iOS variant of the app, which is now available in the iTunes App Store for free (that’s right!) To learn about various features offered by Snapseed, continue reading past the break.


Why Snapseed, you may ask, when there are tons of other similar alternatives already available across both renowned mobile platforms? The answer to this question lies in the app’s immensely user-friendly interface, dozens of nifty photo editing, correcting & beautifying modes it supports, and to top it all, the price of the app ($0). To be honest, the company’s decision to offer all the various Snapseed features to Android users absolutely free of cost comes as a pleasant surprise, especially considering that the iOS counterpart had been carrying a hefty price tag until recently.

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Unlike most of its counterparts, the UI of Snapseed is uncomplicated, with most of its basic and advanced features accessible from under the following 13 tiles:

  • Automatic
  • Selective Adjust
  • Tune Image
  • Straighten
  • Crop
  • Details
  • Black & White
  • Vintage
  • Drama
  • Grunge
  • Center Focus
  • Frames
  • Tilt-Shift

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As with most mobile photo editors, you can work on freshly grabbed images, or import the required photo from the Gallery. As of now, supported image formats include JPEG and TIFF. The purpose of most of the supported tools is evident by their respective titles. Each tool is further supplemented with various supporting features, menus and actions, each controllable by various touch and swipe gestures. To make life even easier for its users, Snapseed provides an overlay tutorial screen for each aforementioned tool which can be manually launched anytime you want. Similarly, long-pressing the tiny photo button at the top-right, you can compare the edited version with the original one whenever required.

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Although the app is downright awesome with each of its features, there are a few that deserve a special mention, including the Selective Adjust tool, the DSLR-like linear & radial tilt-shift effects, refreshingly new vintage & Drama filters, the Center Focus tool, the image detail adjustment tool and the gorgeous shades offered by the Black & White tool. Oddly enough, you don’t have the option to manually zoom in / out on photos, neither via a dedicated zooming tool nor through conventional multi-touch pinch gestures, which is a big miss, especially if you want to work on relatively small images.

Once done with editing, you may save your artistic work on your device, and / or share it further via a social network or any share-supported app of choice. Photos saved with the app can be found in the Snapseed folder on your device’s SD card.

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It goes without saying that the Android variant of Snapseed, just like its iOS counterpart, looks good to claim the top spot on the list of the best Android photo editing apps on Google Play Store.

As mentioned above, Snapseed is currently compatible with Android 4.0 or higher devices only. Download links to the Android and iOS variant of the app are provided below.

Download Snapseed For Android

Download Snapseed For iOS

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