There are no shortage of image editors on Android. Even Adobe, which makes the class-leading Photoshop, has a version of its editor on the platform. Today, though, Google gets one of its very own: Snapseed. You may recall this particular piece of software when it was demoed by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at CES this year. At the time, it was only available on the iPad where it had won App of the Year in 2011. Shortly thereafter, Google bought the company. Now, the Android version is finally being released.

This video is a bit older and shows off the iOS version, but you get the idea.

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The feature set is pretty familiar, but the selection of filters and adjustments is one of the best, and the interface that's designed for both phones and tablets is fantastic. Most image editing apps (including Adobe's offerings) are only available for either one category of devices or the other. This is great news for people who incorporate multiple Android devices into their photography hobby or job.

Of course, what would a new Google app be without Google+ integration? Snapseed has that, too. Oh, and did I mention it's free? Sure is. You can get it via the widget below. As of right now, the Nexus 7 appears to not be supported, however a Google engineer mentioned in this thread that this is a simple metadata issue and an update should be rolling out to fix this shortly. So be patient. Update: Now it's supported! See, that wasn't so bad!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    If only it was on Nexus 7...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      See the end of the article on that.

      • Me again

        Oh, thank god they're fixing that.. urge to punch kittens fading... fading... fading...

  • Tommy Thompson

    Played around with it, it's pretty impressive. A lot of options!

  • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor

    Is there any app from Google that's not free on the Play Store?

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Well... Google Maps is free but it has ads

      • skitchbeatz

        i don't think i've ever seen an advertisement in Google Maps

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          They're definitely in there.

          • skitchbeatz

            Ah yes. My mistake. When you search for a type of place there is one at the top. I guess I've gotten into the habit of overlooking them. Fortunately they're not too intrusive!

          • Nevi_me

            lol I just said the same thing above

        • QwietStorm

          Neither do I. If they're actually there, that's some Where's Waldo code.

      • Tommy Thompson


        • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

          Sometimes an ad poped up on top of the app, that was when i was using HTC sense so that might have had something to do with it.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          No, it definitely has ads when you browse the map sometimes. I've seen them on many occasions. Just featured businesses mostly.

          • Nevi_me

            I've only seen ads when searching for a location. I'd get a list, and on that list there'd be one or two ads. It's not intrusive as most of those ads are actually about the place I'm looking for.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Yeah, I don't mind them at all.

  • skitchbeatz

    Interesting that it has some Apple-like stylings in the UI

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      HA! even icons! DAMN

  • Cherokee4Life

    Looks Sharp on my Transformer Infinity.

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    only ting i miss with this app thats i have in other aoos it the ability to adjust curves...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    The UI is super slick. Definitely a keeper.

  • http://profiles.google.com/keith.geissler Keith Geissler

    Can it do RAW images?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I just tried it with http://i.imgur.com/QLNFU.jpg and it worked!

      • Greyhame

        What a glorious photo!

      • Alexander Procter

        Warning : NSFV (not safe for vegetarians)

      • QwietStorm

        Look at that sexy cow ass..

        • Cheeseball

          Somebody +1 this comment. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    Can it resize images?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Don't see that option anywhere.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

        Is there any image apps that do let you resize images?

  • Mario

    Meh! IMO PicsArt is a much more robust editor than this. Being able to crop out a single part of a picture by using a brush mask (or whatever that's called) is great, and so far only PicsArt seems to have it, aside from maybe photoshop (not free,and for tablets only). Plus it has pretty much everything else this editor has. Sure, the UI and UX on this one is fantastic, but I prefer the extra features PicsArt gives, and it's UI is not bad either, and it's also free.

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      first time trying this one after reading your comment! its a great app! onlye thing i miss, and i miss this with snapseed as well, is the ability to adjust curves... i think my favorite for this is Picsplay...

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  • Andrew

    Nik Software make really really excellent desktop image editing programs. As soon as I saw that they made this I knew it'd be good.

  • Elliott Hansen

    I just installed it from the Play Store onto my Nexus 7

  • Ian

    They fixed the N7 issue, you can download now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dwhenderson Darren Wood Henderson

    I tried to use it to edit a Photsphere photo, but it only works on the thumbnail panoramic. Once shared to google+ the photo was tiny. Hopefully that feature can be added.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    I just installed it on my Nexus 7 without issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

    I guess time to update the article.
    Nexus 7 compatibility added in an update pushed out just after couple of hours of launch!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • http://twitter.com/LadyInPinkTee Lady In Pink

    How come its not available in samsung galaxy ta 10.1? It OS is already 4.0?

  • spunker88

    Will there be mad iOS users like there was when we got Instagram on Android.