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Best photo apps for Android

by Kristen Nicole

With 5- and 8-mega-pixel cameras coming standard on newer Android phones, there's a growing demand for photo apps that make the best of the device. From social photo-sharing to photo effects, there's an Android app for that.

Photo sharing

Too many social networks to share on? Try PicPush's automated sharing tool. This Android app will sync photos to Facebook, Flickr SmugMug, Picasa and Photobucket. The one-stop shop has preferences for each image or video, with batch uploading options. The full version will cost you $4.99.

Photobucket has a nice Android app, for access to your account and sharing options. Free, you can browse, search and share images, see top images from other users, and add effects to shared photos. Share photos and videos, manage your albums, and view slideshows.

Facebook is one of the web's largest photo-sharing networks, making it a top priority for mobile users as well. Make sure everyone sees your snapshots, with options to upload directly to your mobile album. Recent updates to the free Facebook Android app also makes it easier to view others' albums.

Plixi, formerly known as TweetPhoto, is a great way to share images beyond Facebook. Added support for Facebook and other networks makes this a handy app. Free, the Plixi app is also building a social network, letting you share and search images based on events and locations.

For private photo-sharing purchasing options, LifePics has a solution. It's Android app grants access to shared albums, for viewing and, soon, ordering. You can also upload images directly to your albums. Free, the LifePics app is good for families that want to share photos to order calendars, cards and other products.

Photo editing, effects and resources

Add text, stamps and effects to photos with the Picsay app. Remove red eyes, adjust colors and insert cutouts. With the $4.45 Picsay full version app, you get new effects like Vignette and Mirror. Share edited photos directly from the app.

Adobe has an updated Photoshop app on Android, with improved photo-editing features and video playback capabilities. Free, Photoshop Express 1.3 acts as a mobile port to your web account. Upload images, share on Facebook and Twitter, and manage your albums.

Have more fun with your mobile photos with the FxCamera app for Android. Create a vintage-Polaroid look, or turn your pictures into Warhol-style art. Free, FxCamera features auto-focusing and basic editing tools, in addition to photo effects.

Professional photographers will appreciate Snap Photo Pro, with its full-featured Android app. Priced at 99 cents, Snap Photo Pro comes with a timer, multi-burst settings, contrast and brightness adjustments, zoom and filters, just to name a few options.

Need an instructional resource on the go? Try Photography Trainer. This 99-cent Android app is specific for D-SLR setup, with a step-by-step guide. The tutorial includes sample photos and tips for different settings and environments.