The Best Photo-Editing Apps for Android

by Andy Brock on December 16, 2012

Instagram Android AppMobile photo editing had been far, far more popular in Apple iOS devices than Android devices, until recently.

The powerful cameras in all iPhones following the iPhone 4, and the sheer processing power (and impressive app ecosystem) in iPads had made the market for Android photo editors a painfully limited one.

 
That has changed quickly over recent months, however. Read on to find out the best photo editing options for Android users.
 
Instagram
 
The new Facebook acquisition is probably the most popular app in this list, but one can argue that it is more of a social network than a photo editor. Its photo editing capabilities include a limited set of filters, a tilt shift mode, a few frames, and a burn mode – that’s it. The filters themselves are very good though. But the fact that it compresses all photos to a square crop (with a recently improved resolution of up to 2048×2048) is annoying.
 
Rating: 7/10
 
Pixlr-o-matic
 
This AutoDesk app is more of a photo filter app than an editor, quite like Instagram. Take away Instagram’s powerful social capabilities, and add in an endless number of filters and a lack of photo compression, and voila! You have Pixlr-O-Matic.
 
Rating: 6.5/10
 
Snapseed
 
As our review for Snapseed pointed out, “Google has managed to provide a photoediting suite that brings an incredible lot to the table, while staying free to boot.” Its gesture based UI may have a steep learning curve, but it is easily the most capable photo editor you’ll get in Google Play, and by some distance. It’s also free, making it hard to take away its crown of being the best app in this list.
 
Rating: 9.5/10
 
Pixlr Express
 
This is another photo editing app from AutoDesk that makes you wonder why Pixlr-O-Matic is made available separately. Pixlr Express brings in a very comprehensive set of editing tools that can rival the best in the business in terms of fixing and tuning your photos (though not to as incredible a level as Snapseed). The noise reduction and overlay effects are two of a multitude of impressive features worth a mention in this app.
 
Rating: 8.5/10

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