Snapseed on the Nexus 4

Like that old dog who is reluctant to learn new tricks, I may have written off the new Android Snapseed app a bit too soon. In our last podcast, I was quick to dismiss it as yet another hipster filter app, with controls that are too difficult to use on a phone. We all agreed that it's better on a tablet (and it still is -- real estate FTW) but after a bit of practice today -- inspired by Google Android engineer Tor Norbye -- I'm Loving it. With a capital L. 

Gesture based apps aren't really new, but most folks are used to controls and numbers being shown when editing photos. I know I am, but after actually trying it for a while, I've got the hang of it and can use the image adjustment tools that aren't grunge and other lo-fi dramatic effects. It's helpful for phones with less-than-stellar cameras like the Nexus 4, and really does a number when you're using something like the Galaxy S3 or One X.

Take a few and try it on some old pictures. Chances are you'll see what all the fuss is about and end up keeping it. Be sure to show them all off, and enter the photo contest with your result. Install it by clicking the link up top.


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Photo buffs - be sure to give Snapseed a good long look


I too gave it a bigger run through after your comments on the podcast. Other than the lack of RAW support on Android tablets (you got me very excited when you said it has RAW support!), everything else has been a pleasure to mess round with. Looking forward to seeing it progress. Thanks for the recommendation.

And it retains EXIF data. Which is my big complaint with Pixlr. Now if Snapseed will make a Chrome app.

Yes, a bit unfair that the iPad version of the app has RAW support, but not the Android version. Hopefully it's coming soon though, as this is only the first version.

RAW is not likely to be available if the phone itself does not support storage of the RAW image as the photo is taken. You can't get back to RAW from a Jpeg.

If its not in the camera app, you don't get RAW at all.

Most Android cams don't offer a raw storage feature. Since Snapseed just invokes your camera app when you tell it to take a picture, it has no access to the camera's raw output.

You say it's helpful on less then stellar cameras but will it do anything for my less then terrible Gnex camera?

I've been using it on my GNEX and loving it. It takes a bit to get used to the controls, but now I kinda prefer them. Awesome little app, I say.

I tried this out this morning... what a hassle! I am running a GS3, 4.1.1 on T-Mobile. All the app wanted to do was save some sample picture that kept coming up in the tutorial... I couldn't even get out of the app to take pictures using the native camera app. I had to do a battery reset to get this crap off my phone. Needless to day, this thing came off my GS3 faster than I could blink an eye. Snapspeed is no speed in my book...