Android smartphones now come with great cameras and features, allowing you to use them even as digital camera and laptop replacements, which means you can take photos and even edit them on the go. There are hundreds of photo editing apps on the Android market and we tried them all in order to make a list of the best ones and present you the ups and downs of each one.
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1. FX Photo Editor
FX Photo Editor is probably the most complete android app in its category, featuring over 110 unique effects that can be easily applied to your photos. The app also has 10 preset themes, real-time opacity setting and the ability to combine multiple effects.
You can also mark some effects as favorites to easily access them later. This app comes with so many features it would take us an entire article to write about and it comes in both free and paid version, depending on your needs and budget.
This app comes after a desktop web app bases on Flash that tried to replace full-featured image editing software and has been developed by Autodesk Inc., a popular CAD design company. Pixlr-o-matic is a very easy to use app, though it has a plentiful of features, built-in effects and also downloadable ones.
Pixlr-o-matic allows you to either take a photo and edit it or choose an existing one from your gallery. Photo can be afterwards shared with your friends though different methods, including Facebook and imm.io photo sharing service.
Download Pixlr-o-matic for free here.
3. PicSay – Photo Editor
PicSay comes also in a free and paid version and it’s an award-winning photo editing app for Android, featuring effects like Vignette, faux HDR, Tilt-shift, Pencil Sketch. It has multiple editing options and color adjustments allowing you to easily edit your photos or images.
This app also allows you to add titles, hairstyles, shapes, editable text and more to your photos in order to personalize them better, being able to share it on the most popular social networks or through MMS, WiFi or Bluetooth. Photos can be also directly be set as wallpapers on your Android device.
4. Lightbox Photos
LightBox Photos is a more simple app that allows you to apply effects, geotag or take photos on your Android device. Edited photos can be afterwards shared on Facebook, Twitter or the Lightbox social network, though you will need to sign up for your account if you want to use the latter.
This app also allows you to set up your own photo blog on their website and socialize with the other members, all being passionate about photography. One more feature of this app is that you can navigate through the other users’ publicly uploaded photos.
Download Lightbox Photos for free here.
Instagram is probably the easiest photo editing app on Android, though it doesn’t have many features. Is allows you to take photos, add filters to them and upload them to Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and Tumblr. Unlike most photo editing apps, Instagram is also optimized for tablets.
Download Instagram for free here.
PicPlz is often compared to Instagram, as it allows you to take a photo and add filters to it, then share it on your favorite social networking accounts, including PicPlz, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous and Foursquare. This app comes with more features than Instagram, like the ability to backup your photos to your Dropbox account and it also features more social networks.
Download PicPlz for free here.
7. Magic Hour
Magic House has a wonderful interface and has become popular on Android probably due to the lack of Instagram. It has a lot of effects and filters and the interface allows you to change them and place them wherever you want to make the app much easier to use for you. Like most photo editing apps, it allows you to share it through a plenitude of methods, so it doesn’t lack any basic function of a photo editor. It’s not the most complex photo editing app, but it does its job extremely well.
Download Magic hour for free here or buy it here.
PhotoFunia is a really fun photo editing app for Android, featuring face recognition and the ability to transform faces or even fit them onto scenery. You can take a photo or pick one from your gallery and then choose one of the 150+ scenes available.
Download PhotoFunia for free here.
9. Photoshop Express for Android
Everybody knows what’s Photoshop and now it’s available on Android too with some really great features. You can crop, rotate, adjust colors or add a plentiful of effects to your photos and images, while syncing them with your Photoshop.com account.
This app is free, though it requires a SD card for installation, so it might not work for everyone. Photoshop Express also allows you to share your photos through a number of social services and also WiFi, Bluetooth, MMS and more.
Download Photoshop Express for free here.
10. BeFunky Photo Editor
BeFunky comes in both free and paid version and includes 20 and, respectively 50 effects available to add to your photos. It also provides a real-time updated thumb of the photo to see how it would look with the effects you are going to use, so you can make an idea about it.
It also features crop, rotate, brightness settings, along much more features.