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There are plenty of photo editing apps strewn across the Play Store, all vying to be your top choice for touching up the precious photos in your gallery. Unfortunately, many of these apps are supported by intrusive ads that not only take up valuable screen real estate but may also siphon your personal information and sell it to advertisers for profit. Wouldn't it be great to have an honest photo editor that only does what it claims to do? Enter Simple Gallery Pro, the affordable open source photo managing app built with power and privacy in mind.
If you only use Google Photos to view all the pics and videos you've taken, you likely never came across the messy way that media, especially portrait photos, is organized in the background. Pixels, for example, create a separate folder for each pair of portrait pics. When you browse your local storage, you can find these folders under DCIM/camera/IMG_date_time, where the date and time are specific to each pair of snaps. Besides Google Photos, local gallery apps don't usually handle these hundreds or thousands of folders properly, but now Simple Gallery Pro does.
It's becoming increasingly difficult nowadays to find good Android utilities that don't want something in return. Either the app is full of ads, either it requires many dubious permissions, or it could have hidden costs as IAPs that you didn't anticipate when you first downloaded it. So it's refreshing to see a developer eschew all of that by building open source utilities, without ads or IAPs, and that only ask for necessary permissions (and avoid any online connectivity). That's the ethos behind Simple Mobile Tools, and on its third birthday today, you can grab all six of its paid apps for free.