Back in September, Google acquired Nik Software–developer of Snapseed – the popular photo-editing app that won the 2011 iPad app of the year from Apple.
We’re assumed that Apple will use the team’s expertise to improve photo editing capabilities of the Google+ app. The move also seemed to counter Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram – a popular photo sharing iPhone app.
We were also worried that Google would remove the app from the App Store and get the team to focus on the Google+ app. But Google just gave us a pleasant surprise, they’ve released an update for Snapseed and made it free on the App Store.
Here’s what’s new:
• New icon!
• Built-in Google+ sharing functionality!
• New Retrolux filter! Use one of the newly created film styles, combined with a range of different scratches and textures as well as light leaks to create a truly retro look for your photos.
• Updated Frames filter! Now includes a wide range of new, high quality photographic frames. Colorize the frame edges to match the look of your image or switch to square mode with a single tap.
Snapseed was worth it even when it was available for $4.99 in the App Store, so if you haven’t purchased it yet, download it from the App Store using this direct iTunes link and enjoy one of the best photo editing experience on your iPhone or iPad for free now.