Android 4.4 KitKat coming with an advanced, non-destructive photo editing feature
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Nov 5, 2013 at 16:38 UTC27
Google has given a sweet treat to photographers in its new KitKat operating system. Android 4.4 will be shipping with a non-destructive photo editing feature in the native Gallery app. From what we've seen of the software so far, it appears to offer a huge collection of some of the most advanced editing tools available on any mobile photography apps.
Definitely putting its purchase of Nik to good use, Google seems to have taken all of the features of Snapseed and added other entry-level tools from Nik's desktop software, mixing it all together and wrapping it in a fresh user interface for mobile devices.
Android developer Nicolas Roard worked on the project. On his Google+ page, he revealed some of the new features:
The editor is pretty powerful, works on tablet and phones, handles full-size image processing, zooming, re-edit, image exports, user presets, etc. This new version also adds more powerful specialized tools (graduated filters, per-channel saturation controls, local adjustments, etc.)
Roard also shared a video that shows off the new features. In the video, you can see that the software definitely includes some of Snapseed's features, including Nik's U-Point technology for selective editing. Watch it below to spot the many new tools for Android photographers.