Snapseed has been one of the most popular mobile applications there is, and with Google’s purchase of the developers who makes it an Android release was only inevitable. We last caught wind of an Android version being in the works back in October when Vic Gundotra teased us with some photos taken from the Android version of the app, and now all of us can join in on the fun as Snapseed is officially available in the Google Play Store.
The app — which, in typical Google fashion, is now free for all to use on any platform — puts a great deal of image filters and editing tools at your finger tips. It’s an “Instagram on steroids,” if you will. It’ll give you even more image editing freedom than Instagram.
For instance, instead of applying a general “high contrast” effect to a photo that may or may not be what you were looking for, Snapseed will let you change the intensity of the contrast. Instead of defining one area of an image for a “blur” effect, Snapseed will let you select the area of the image, the intensity of the blur and the size of the blur.
All of this is done with very intuitive controls so you’ll have a vast array of options without a daunting user experience. The best part of Snapseed is that it allows you to share your creations with pretty much any app on your phone that allows photo sharing.
Snapseed does have a bit of bias for Google+ and that’s understandable, but I could just as easily share my pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or via age-old methods like MMS and email, if I wanted. Heck, even Instagram will accept the photo if that’s something I wanted to do. I could even just save the new version of the photo to my SD card for safe keeping if I decide I don’t want to share it with the world.
Snapseed definitely isn’t the end all, be all of image editing — after all, Photoshop Touch gives users even more control. But when it comes to delivering a blissful, simple experience with a powerful set of tools and an interface that’s intuitive for mobile devices nothing beats Snapseed. The fact that we won’t have to pay the $5 the app was previously being offered for is another big bonus that should have everyone wanting to download it. Find your download in the Google Play Store.