Recent updates to both the Photos and Camera apps have included some really interesting clues, suggesting Google may be planning to put a lot of effort into upping its game with smartphone photographers. The latest update to Snapseed was no different; not only did it bring a few worthwhile new features, but some resources inside the apk also betray plans for the future. Snapseed will be adding enhanced controls for working with white balance in RAW mode and there's an effects randomizer coming to the editor.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
Since its release in 2012, Pixlr has received several updates and tweaks, but no major changes to its interface. That left the app looking like a Gingerbread relic on my and many other users' modern smartphones with their material looks and spiffy animations. For an app that specializes in making things look prettier, Pixlr wasn't fulfilling its own end of the bargain. Take a look at what Pixlr was like before today: Read More
Editing photos on a touchscreen is hard. Not because modern mobile devices lack the power to do complex image processing - my N6 is more powerful than the old "desktop publishing" PCs I used in high school - but because constrained dimensions and touchscreen interfaces force touch design decisions on developers. Aviary is one of the best options for competent photo editing on the go, but its latest edition has turned the editing on its own interface.
The changes here are subtle: the blue theme of the app has been "flattened" (gradients and shading removed) to make icons and actions more obvious. Read More
Update: All Aviary add-ons were originally free with the use of an Adobe ID until November 30th. Now that date appears to have been pushed back until early 2015. If you didn't jump on this offer before, it looks like you have at least another month to do so. Read More
Aviary is one of the more popular mobile image editors out there, and now it's added a feature that, if you haven't used the app before, will probably blow your mind to hear is only just now getting added. Ahem, without further ado, the latest version of Aviary allow users to undo.
Allow that to sink in.
That's right, now users can undo and redo changes to pictures by swiping left or right after applying a tweak. I would have described this functionality as an essential feature of any image editor, but Aviary managed pretty well before now, so I don't know what to believe anymore. Read More
I know, I know. You are tired of filter and effect apps, and so am I. But this Afterlight app looks good, really good. After starting out on iOS and gaining popularity due to its simplicity and quality, the app has just been released on the Play Store for Android devices running 4.0.3 and up.
Adobe has multiple Photoshop apps on the Play Store, and the simplest of the bunch has received an update to version 2.3 bringing in a number of new features. Adobe Photoshop Express now expands on the basic editing options it provides. For starters, the latest release lets users vary the intensity of filters.
Blemish removal is another standard photo editing feature introduced in version 2.3. Using the tool is as simple as poking on the spot you want to remove and tapping it again if the first time didn't do a good enough job. Here's a quick before and after shot I made with only a little tinkering around (watch the mole). Read More
Some people can take some phenomenal pictures using their smartphone cameras, but many mere mortals often find that their pictures look best with a healthy coating of filters and exaggerated graininess to mask the graininess that's already there. Paper Camera has made its way around Android circles due to its uncanny ability to skip the whole editing step and take instant hand-drawn depictions of whatever a camera is facing. Paper Artist is a photo editor from the same developers that gives users a broader set of tools for turning their pre-existing photos into art.
The more talented among us will be able to turn their photos into some truly impressive works of art. Read More
There's nothing better than finding one of those rare apps that seems to do the impossible. Every time I try a piece of software, I have a tiny hope that it will be so good that I'll want to describe it as magic. As a photo editor, Handy Photo is definitely invoking some kind of witchcraft. This impressive app comes from ADVA Soft, the brilliant team responsible for TouchRetouch. Many of the same amazing powers have made their way into this new entry, but it goes much further. Let's just start with the video, which despite the marketing speak in the beginning, is pretty mind-blowing. Read More
The last time we covered Aviary, the powerful mobile photo editor was limited to being launched as a plugin inside the stock gallery app. Now, Aviary the company has booted Aviary the photo editor from the nest, launching it as a standalone app. Users everywhere rejoice, as they can now find Aviary after installing it.
In addition to the apps' newfound independence, Aviary has added a few new features: a customizable interface, a color temperature tool, and basic effects like black and white and sepia tones. Oh, and a lovely new icon. All of the improvements add up to a nice increment to an already-great product. Read More