VSCO Cam coming to Android tomorrow, takes your smartphone photography to new heights


After months of beta testing, the coveted VSCO Cam camera app is just about ready to be released into the Play Store. Launching tomorrow, VSCO Cam — which has seen incredible success on iOS — allows Android users to take their smartphone photography to the next level, by providing a variety of professional filters and photo editing tools.

Photo editing is quite literally what VSCO does for a living. Specializing in photo editing add-ons for Lightroom and Aperture, VSCO has somehow managed to inject that same formula into a mobile app for your smartphone. When it hits Google Play tomorrow, VSCO Cam will come with 10 Presets (filters), and Tools (photo editing features), with 38 additional custom Presets available via in-app purchases.

VSCO Cam for Android samples

Shots all taken using VSCO Cam for Android (click for larger view)

Unfortunately, it looks like only a handful of Android 4.0+ devices may be compatible with VSCO Cam at launch, and while none were specifically mentioned in official announcement, the VSCO team has been actively testing the app on more popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Nexus 5 back when it was still in private beta.

Update: VSCO says (see comments below) the app will, in fact, support over 2,000 Android 4.0+ devices when it goes live in the Play Store. That’s a whole lotta Androids.

I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re anything like me and love to share photos with friends/family, I think you’re going to love VSCO Cam when it officially arrives on the Google Play Store tomorrow. Want to learn more about VSCO Cam? Their own 15-minute walkthrough video can be found on their blog here.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. We’re launching for most 4.0+ devices, 2000+ devices in all.

    1. we’ll see about that XD

      1. I can see the Play Store comments already -_-

        1. Chris, what do you like on VSCO over Aviary?

    2. Will you guys be utilizing Google’s new camera API when it becomes available?

    3. Thanks guys, I think is going to be amazing, have you tried it on the Sony Z1? I mean, should be the android camera phone and the native app isn’t quite good (in certain conditions) so there is a big room for you there!

  2. I’ve been waiting for this app for MONTHS! Finally!

      1. I’ve been waiting a long ass time…. I can almost taste it

  3. IAP?!? Meh. Vignette and Snapseed will remain my go to apps for this stuff.

    1. I’ve used ’em all, they’re still not as good as VSCO. In any case, 10 Presets will be available for free and in most cases, should suffice a good majority of casual shooters :P

      1. I use snapseed and cymera XD.. but I’m looking forward to VSCO.

      2. Sorry but is he SERIOUSLY discounting this app because it was on IOS first? REALLY?!

        1. No, IAP wasn’t an IOS typo, he meant “in-app purchases” which he doesn’t appear to be a fan of. :p

          1. Aaaaah ok sorry. I thought it was like, “IOS App” so…”IAP”. My foot tastes like crap.

      3. That might be the case if you think instagram is/was the shizzle but I’ve never been in that crowd. I actually prefer to tweak each and every photo I take individually. Can’t say I’m bit on cookie cutters.

        1. Instagram filters are crap, but the ease of photo sharing more than make up for it.

        2. Say what you want about Instagram, but 90% of my clients make their initial contact on Instagram. Their filters are lousy, so when I want filtration, I use Aviary. As a photographer, I can get more views on Instagram in one hour that I get on a website in a month. Everyone says Instagram is for hipsters and it may be true. But those hipsters love photos and many are willing to pay for them, so it’s a great resource for photographers.

  4. I am not a photo buff but my girlfriend is and I bought her a Nexus 5 for Christmas. Does Vsco Cam improve the Nexus 5 photo quality because the stock cam is not all that great lol

  5. All these great apps but my Nexus 5 cam kinda sucks =/.

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