Retrica's popularity can be summed up in one word: selfies. If somebody - let's call her Sue - needs a picture of herself right this moment, she needs an app with a minimalist interface that doesn't get in the way. And since Sue Somebody is working with less than optimal circumstances and a mobile phone with a crappy front-facing camera, she wants a wide range of filters that could mask how bad of a photo she's about to take. Retrica fits that bill. She's seen her friend using the app on iOS for a while now, but now it's available in the Play Store for her to download as well.

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Sure, Retrica is yet another filter-centric, photo-editing app, but it's one with a slick interface and bright colors. On Android, it hides the status bar to make more room for the viewfinder, but it leaves the navigation bar intact. The UI is clean and rather sleek, but you may have to click around aimlessly on most of the icons until you get a feel for what each of them does. There aren't many labels to help out here.

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Retrica is available as a free download, but it's one that comes with ads. You can remove those and get three extra packs of filters (containing 25 altogether) for $1.99.

Thanks, jpark595.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • eliseo

    Poor quality and crazy-crashing app...

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Such revolution, now they need chat and 5 sec video sharing apps.

  • theunknown

    I downloaded the Handy Photo app when it was on sale and since then I have uninstalled Pxlr Express and Snapseed because in my use case HandPhoto fits my needs better than the other two did

    I particularly like the Magic Crop, Retouch and Clone Stamp and the best feature is the Masking available for filters and effects

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Selfies need to die in a fire, not only is it stupid but those who need to take hundreds photos of yourself everyday and post it everywhere and pretend everyone wants to look at them are just plain retarded.

    • Layman76

      You seem upset about something that has literally no affect on you whatsoever.

  • Aooga

    This new drop shadow on icons is actually looking pretty nice.

  • wjrandon

    Selfies are for lonely people with no friends that care enough about them be seen in a photo together.

    • martin_pokorny

      What about group selfies?

      • wjrandon jr

        Group selfies are for group of lonely people with no friends that care enough about them be seen in a photo together.

    • James

      Sounds like we found one.

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    Looks like a well-designed Instagram.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Woah, dude!
    Filters that make pictures look vintage!
    That's pure awesomeness - at last someone came up with that crazy idea.

  • John Smith

    If there's a filter that makes me look good when I'm sleep deprived then I'm all over it :-)

  • Asahi000

    As a photographer for years, I always chuckle when elitists mock apps like this or instrgram. The fact that the "effects" photographers stumbled upon and perfected decades ago in darkrooms are now applicable with a click of a button is a welcome change. Filters alone don't make a photographer, but maybe their ease of use can inspire some selfie-taking kid to learn to be a better one. :)