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Adobe Lightroom mobile goes 'Android native' with slightly refreshed interface

Pixel XL using Lightroom Mobile
Pixel XL using Lightroom Mobile

Adobe has updated its Lightroom Mobile app for Android with an all-new "Android native" interface, though the changes aren't as big as you'd think with such a proclamation. The main change to the experience is better labeling of buttons and simpler sliders that make sense on a (relatively) small screen that's used exclusively with touch.

Lightroom Mobile continues to be extremely powerful, and even though the new update isn't adding any big capabilities it is aimed at making all of the fine adjustments and tweaks easier to accomplish on the smaller screen. Being that the app has been "designed from the ground up" to the latest Android spec, you can expect an improvement in performance as well. It's not that the old version of Lightroom was slow, but it did take a couple extra beats to perform some actions — hopefully that has smoothed out now.

The new version of Lightroom is available from the Play Store (opens in new tab) right now — it'll be worth snagging the latest version.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • I wonder if this also fixes the issue with displaying and exporting LG V20 RAW files at only 1MP. It worked fine on my LG G4 and others, but Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Express both kill the resolution of RAW files shot on the phone. Oddly enough, it works fine on my Olympus DSLR RAW files when I import them.
  • Doesn't do this on the G6.