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Snapseed features creep into Google+ for Android app

The image editing section of the Google+ app for Android now includes some filters and editing options from the Snapseed editing app.

Google has launched an update for its Google+ for Android app, and that's good news for all mobile photographers with Android devices. Most of the new features are imaging-related and make Google+ a more powerful image editing, storing and sharing platform. Vic Gundotra, VP Engineering at Google, shared some detail about the update on his Google+ profile:

Non-destructive photo editing across devices

Starting today you can start your edits on one device, and continue (or start over) on another. This means you can backup full-resolution photos from your desktop, edit them in seconds on your phone, then add some finishing touches from your tablet. (And you can revert to your originals at any time!) The technical term for this experience is non-destructive editing in the cloud, and we think you'll really enjoy it.

Brand new filters and creative tools

Now when you edit your photos, you’ll have a powerful set of tools (like crop and rotate), 1-touch filters, and Snapseed-inspired enhancements (like Drama, Retrolux, and HDR Scape). Mix and match to make your photos look their absolute best.

A single view of all your photos

The new ‘All’ view displays your entire photo library — whether it’s on your current device, or backed up in the cloud. If your library is really large (> 10s of thousands of photos), the app won’t show all your photos initially. But stay tuned, because we’re supporting larger and larger libraries over the next few weeks.

An easy way to browse your photos by date

In addition to search, there’s now another way to find your photos fast. Just swipe through your photos in the ‘All’ view, and look for the scroll bar on the right. Dragging the scroll bar up or down will quickly move you forwards or backwards in time.

It's good to see Google integrate more Snapseed functionality into Google+, after having acquired Nik Software, the German makers of Snapseed, in 2012. Snapseed is still one of the most powerful mobile editing apps out there. Combining some its features with the new non-destructive editing and the Dropbox-style automated image upload that has been a part of the Google+ app for some time could turn the Google+ app into a one-stop shop for mobile photographers (at least for those who share their images on Google+).

Under the All tab you can see all your images, whether in the cloud or on one of your devices, consolidated in one image stream.  

We hope the new features will come to the iOS Google+ app sometime soon, too, but for now the upgrade is gradually rolling out to Android users. It hasn't arrived on my phone yet, so I have not yet had a chance to test it but let us know what you think in the comments If you've received the update on your Android device already. 



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That's a good step but completely useless as there are no android phones with anything even close to a colour accurate screen. Samsung screen looks so over saturated and the rest aren't much better.


Look the positive side, this will certainly devour the Adobe CC for many people. And this will be a good thing for all concerned who do not want Adobe and feed this monster. All a matter of time.


Come on many times, and in how many different ways, do we have to tell you we don't want to use G+?


No one is forcing you to use G+, but personally I don´t see the problem since you get crazy good services for FREE from it and one of the best photography communitys on the internet on G+.

So suck it up and enjoy their free awesome service or ýou know, use snapseed since it does the same thing without the need of a g+ account...


Ever since Google bought Nik I've thought, "They're going after Adobe." Pretty soon Google photo tools like Google + with Picasa will be more powerful and competitive with Lightroom. For photography enthusiasts Lightroom has the edge for now, but Picasa and Google + are improving and becoming increasingly attractive to photography enthusiasts. Meanwhile Adobe's subscription based licensing is driving away some long-time customers. I still can't imagine leaving Lightroom, but I'm keeping an eye on Google. For people who don't need some of Lightroom's more powerful features, and who just want Snapseed like features and a free way to organize and share photos that look great online... why wouldn't they use Google +? Oh yeah, because all their friends and family are on Facebook ;-)


Agreed. Nik was (is) probably the most used plugin among professionals, but it is destructive with LR, which is horrible.


Is it possible to view albums in alphabetical order yet?! Until they can get simple things right, I'd rather stick with the default gallery app...


Many of these same features are in the regular gallery app in KitKat on android. Always find the comments about why all Google app features don't appear on iOS interesting. Still waiting for iTunes/iMessage/facetime/etc to show up on android.

Lars Rehm

well, the difference between Apple and Google in this respect is that Google chooses to make its services available to iOS users. Once you've made that decision it probably makes little sense to then go away and create a sub-standard product.


Am I the only one that wants Google to partner with Apple? What a great combination!

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This is cool, but will it be available to iPhone customers?


Very slick with new adjustment capabilities. Now if Google+ could just handle RAW files.....

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