Google Acquires Developer of Snapseed – 2011 iPad App of The Year

Google has just acquired Nik Software, the developer of Snapseed, a popular photo editing app for iPhone and iPad. Snapseed had also won the 2011 iPad app of the year award from Apple.

Nik Software also develops image editing solutions and plugins for other popular editing tools like Aperture.

Nik Software has issued the following statement on its site:

We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.

We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.

Google’s Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering wrote on Google+:

Today I’m excited to welcome +Nik Software to the Google family! We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone. Check out the examples from some of the world’s greatest photographers, and you’ll see what I mean.

The Verge reports that the team within Nik Software that worked on Snapseed will be relocating to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View to work on Google+. We’re assuming that Apple will use the team’s expertise to  improve photo editing capabilities of the Google+ app. The move also seems to counter Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram – a popular photo sharing iPhone app.

It will be interesting to see if Google will continue to offer Snapseed for iOS in the App Store.

Since we’re talking about Google, can someone please let us know when the company is planning to add Google Now-like feature to the Google Search app and release the new Google Maps app, which it had promised in August.

[via The Verge]

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