The Snapseed photo editor is a one-stop app for performing both quick and in-depth edits on a mobile device or computer. The app was released by Nik Software for the iPad in 2011 and has since become available on iPhone, Mac OS and Windows. Earlier this year, Google bought Nik Software and rumors circulated about the future of the popular software, and its potential availability on Android.
Today, Nik Software released the Android version of Snapseed. The app, formerly $4.99 from the Apple App Store, is now free in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Challenging Facebook/Instagram's photo sharing dominance, the new Snapseed update also features built-in Google+ integration for easy image uploading to Google's social network. Users of the iOS version will also see some new filters added to version 1.5.
When Google bought Nik in September, Nik expressed its eagerness to share its award-winning software with more photography lovers in a public statement:
"We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures."
This latest release is great news for mobile photographers but it also is encouraging for lovers of Nik’s desktop software; does Google’s generous gift of Snapseed indicate that Nik’s pricy software will become available for photographers on a budget?