Google has announced lately that they tool over the German photography software and plugin editor Nik Software which has famous and popular Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plugins in their range like Viveza, Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, etc… Today, Google released Snapseed for Android. Till now, Snapseed was only available for iOS smartphones and tablets, then on Mac computers and finally, a Windows version was launched. Snapseed is, to me, the very best mobile photography retouching app on the market thanks to a well-thought user interface that takes the most out of the multitouch screens. Snapseed is now available for Android devices and guess what : it is going to be a free software for Android users while Apple customers still need to pay a few bucks to get it (but it is fully worth its $4.99 price tag). And of course, in addition to Facbook and Twitter, Snapseed for Android lets you share your images on Google+ social network.
I really do like Snapseed that lets you enhance your photos, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, crop, etc…. your images and offers a full range of filters and effects which can turn an average photo into something great in seconds only thanks to a killer user interface.
Here is the link to download Snapseed for Android free of charge on Google Play.
So now, we understand probably what the main motivation for Google to buy Nik Software could be… Snapseed. Yet, we all like the high-end Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plugins of Nik Software in spite of the fact that they really are expensive and quite often, even more expensive than the pro photography software they are designed to be plugged in… like Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex pro, Viveza, DFine, Color Efex. What is Google’s next move ? Will they continue to make these precious software evolve ? Will they be fused in a pro version of Picasa ? Will we see U-points, filters, HDR technology blended into Picasa or a new photography workflow tool designed by Google ?