Best photo apps for Android

Sep 15, 2010
Photography

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

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.

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.

Postagram Postcards thumbs its nose at the insta-share and makes photo sharing more personal. The app itself is free. Take and tweak your photo using any of the photo apps on your phone, then for 99 cents each you can send that photo as a physical postcard in the U.S. Mail. You can type in your own message, select an address, and away it goes. Unique, and especially fun for travel.

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.

Vignette・Photo effects app comes in a free demo, but the paid version gives you great upgrades (higher resolution, for one) and is definitely one of the best photo app on my phone. You can apply dozens of filters and frames to your snaps before a quick and easy share to social sites.

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.

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