News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday December 06, 2012.
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When Google acquired Nik Software in September to improve photo editing on Google+, it appeared that an Android version of Nik's Snapseed would be just around the corner. As expected, Snapseed for Android is being released today, and like the Apple iOS version of the app, it will be free.
Google SVP of Engineering Vic Gundotra today announced that Snapseed for Android will debut in Google Play shortly. When the app becomes available to download later today, users will be able to edit their photos by adjusting lighting and contrast, cropping photos, and applying filters to enhance the images. While those aren't unique features considering that several apps already do the same, Snapseed allows selective editing within photos, so users can alter just a face or a background element.
Snapseed for Apple iOS also received some choice updates today. The iPhone and iPad app can now share edited images directly to Google+. The bigger news is that the app has dropped its $4.99 price tag and is now a completely free product. Any iOS device running iOS 5.0 or later should be able to download Snapseed and begin tuning their photos.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.