Android fans now have even more reasons to celebrate. Not only did Google launch the new Android OS, Android 4.4 KitKat, this week, but the update also comes with an advanced Photo Editor, which will work on both tablets and smartphones.
Google software engineer Nicolas Roard posted an update about the app on Google+ last week, sharing what he and his team have been up to for the past few months. Roard calls the app “a pretty cool non-destructive photo editor” and says it 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.).”
The app, which from the demo video looks user-friendly, easy to navigate and extensive, offers many options to photographers, from broad filters (either built-in presets or customized personal effects) to minute adjustments. With non-destructive editing and the applied effect bar, you always have the option of reviewing or reverting to the original file; you can also remove just one filter, allowing you to adjust the image without erasing all of your work. The editor comes with multiple export options, allowing you to save files of different sizes and quality to suit your specific needs.
The editor is now shipping in the Android KitKat Gallery and AOSP and should be available to HTC users within the next 90 days. Check it out for yourself here!