2013-11-02 16_05_16-Android KitKat Photo Editor - YouTube

Google has been talking up Snapseed and it's enhanced HDR mode in recent blog posts and events, but the Gallery-based photo editor is getting a boost in Android 4.4 as well. This new editor will be shipping with KitKat, but it's also part of AOSP.

The layout of the editor has been tweaked a bit and has support for both phones and tablets. A lot of the filters and effects were already present in the Gallery, but it looks like you have much finer control over things now. There are gradient filters, per-channel saturation, and local adjustments, among other improvements. You can even save presets for faster image editing.

This is also a non-destructive editor, so you don't have to worry about mucking up the original when messing around with the sliders and such. Also, there are vignettes – Google loves vignettes now.

[+Nicolas Roard]

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  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Very nice. I'm liking the hyper-polish on 4.4 already.

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    Need Burst mode :(

    • Prop Dad

      Burst photo editing?

      • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

        For using google plus features like motion and eraser properly... Why don't they put it into the nexus 5?

  • Shamu


  • Pratik Holla

    Pretty awesome. Wish they could have put the HDR filter right in. This puts the iOS built in editor to shame!

    • Tiz

      Look at Snapseed fo Android HDR+ - mind blown!

  • navjot

    I thought that they were ditching Gallery in favour of the Photos app that's part of Google+?

    • Nevi_me

      There's a separate gallery app on 4.4, a bit confusing yea

    • a

      not everyone uses Google+

      • navjot

        The reason I asked is because in some of the leaks, the Gallery app was missing but the Photos app was still there. Looks like they changed their mind in the end.

  • http://about.me/jovanphilip Jovan Philip

    Has anyone gotten this app working in 4.3 and lower? I get a fail on install. But, after thinking it over, wouldn't installing it disrupt a lot of things? Seeing as the gallery and camera are one app in pre 4.4, I imagine the built in lock screen widget and perhaps other dependents would fail to work.

    • Roh_Mish

      Does 4.4 still have lock-screen widgets? I was not able to scroll to add page or pull down the clock one so me confused

      • http://about.me/jovanphilip Jovan Philip

        You have to enable lockscreen widgets in the settings menu.

        • Roh_Mish

          Now i see. When i flashed the AOSPA it was not present. That and i had to configure everything and those pa features. All took me back to 3.99 rc2

  • Guilherme

    Snapseed technology, enterprise acquired by Google.

    • Nevi_me

      Best thing they've ever done with it, instead of slapping videos and ads on it lol

  • TylerChappell

    Can we talk about this mysterious, new, potential Nexus device? Scroll down...the tablet the girl is holding is definitely not the 2013 Nexus 7, the top and bottom bezels are too small. And even though it's a simulated screen image, its still KitKat.

    • ElfirBFG

      Bottom is askew and there's no front-facing camera, I really think it's just a new N7 with some poor PS skills.

      • TylerChappell

        I had thought that too....but...what if it isn't!?

        • Dennis Ulijn

          Then it still is...

          • xivzxl

            Has any site reported on this?

          • nicereddy

            Ron Armadeo did over at Ars Technica.

    • xivzxl

      So Google is trolling us again now..

  • NinoBr0wn

    I noticed that when I open the Photos app on my Nexus 4, all of the images on my phone appear, not just ones from my camera. Does that mean all images on my device are backed up, or does it just display them all by default? Only asking because I thought the Photos app was tied to Google+, thus wouldn't load everything like in the Gallery app.

    • Merri Mogridge

      In the 'Photos' section all local images on your phone are displayed and in the 'Albums' section all the photos from Google+ are displayed (profile pictures/auto backup/photos from posts etc). Thats the way it seems to be on my phone anyway!

  • dilharo

    GOogle will ditch this for sure later.

    But they want to show developers android tablets can be a poweerful photo manipulation platform

  • Nadeem Ansari

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  • Martin Nilsson

    How does "camera import" work on 4.4? They changed things around in 4.3 and improved the import from DSLRs and other cameras but broke the full screen view in the process. Would be great if you guys could give that a spin in KitKat and see what magic Google has come up with now =)

  • undercoverduck

    If I turn out to be dreaming I'm gonna be so fucking mad

  • Ali

    It's very confusing, i think google should name this tool picasa and made a native app of it in android merged with snapspeed.

  • Péter Szentkirályi

    Wow, this has literally left me speechless. Can't wait for 4.4 to arrive on my Nexus 7! I use the likes of Snapspeed a lot but the undestructive nature of this solution is unlike anything I have seen.

  • Biba Nishima

    Shall I leave Lightroom

  • Rovindra Singh

    So now I have to have a Gallery app and a Photos app on my phone? This is not something I look forward to. Guess we could always disable one or the other. Still kinda sad that they chose to have two apps that do the same thing.