Saturday , May 19 2018

Google purchases Snapseed — destined for Android afterall?

If you haven’t heard of Snapseed (I must admit, I hadn’t), its a photo editing app for iOS packed full of powerful tools allowing you to capture, enhance, edit, email and share your photos via social networks. It’s kind of like Instagram but a whole lot more powerful.

While it started out on iOS, Snapseed was to Android after January 2012. Unfortunately, it was never launched on the Play store. Despite this, Google has taken the steps to acquire Nik Software, the developer of Snapseed.

It’s unsurprising, in that it gives Google access to a powerful photo editing application that could — quite soon — be integrated tightly into the Android experience. The UI is very finger-friendly, meaning it would be a great addition to the Camera / Gallery combination in stock Android.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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2 Comments on "Google purchases Snapseed — destined for Android afterall?"

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this is horrible news. Google should have nothing to do with a professional post-processing developer like Nik. Anybody who has used silver Efex pro would agree that Nik are well ahead of the curve – a google takeover will spell the end of innovation from Nik and ultimately photographers will suffer. I couldn’t care less about crummy new features being added to android’s broken OS. Nik make software for photographers

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It would be especially nice if they add the ability to post to G+. That’s the one limitation to Instagram I’d like to see.

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