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We’ve covered a lot of Android photography apps, from cameras to editors to social photography apps. I want to know how many of you actually use more than the stock camera, though. Do you add filters and frames and special effects, or do you not even crop your pictures before sticking them on Twitter?

Vote in the poll, and let us know what you do in the comments below!

BeFunky is a photo editing app that lets you apply various effects and frames on your pictures. While there are quite a few apps that do the same, I’ve found myself using BeFunky most of the time.


You’re Android handset comes with a built-in camera application that is fine for taking the odd shot. I’m not sure whether this is specific to my HTC Sense phone, but my stock camera app has options to change photo saturation, brightness, and other variables. There’s also the option to add some very basic filters like sepia and negative. This is a nice set of features that my iPad 2 (and, presumably, an iPhone) doesn’t have and, especially if your phone has a nice five or eight megapixel shooter on it, can be helpful in taking some valuable shots you can look back on.

Cisco’s recent decision to kill off the Flip video camera family also demonstrates that smartphone cameras are becoming the tool of choice for most people’s photo and video capture needs, so these options are becoming increasingly important.

The quote, “the best camera is the one that’s with you”, is tossed around a lot and, although I can’t seem to find its origin, I certainly know it’s true. Everyday moments can be captured with relative ease and with quality to compete with most point-and-shoot cameras. However, these cameras are smart and not like their dumb-phone counterparts. (more…)

PicPlz is currently the most popular image sharing application on the Android platform. Like Instagram on iOS, PizPlz applies filters to images and can share the picture through several social networking services. A redesigned user interface, plenty of filters, and a robust web-based experience has made PicPlz the photo sharing darling of Android.

What’s all the excitement about? Photo sharing is when users share photos via social networks like Twitter and Facebook from mobile devices with the addition of filters. The growth of social networks use on mobile phones has led to a fast adoption rate of these services.  Now applications like PicPlz have integrated with nearly every major social network, let’s take a look at what makes it such a big deal.

You’ve seen a panorama and thought, “cool,” “stunning,” or “beautiful”. But, you think it’s too hard to create one yourself. Well, you’re wrong. You can create complete 360 degree photo panoramas of an environment with Photaf 3D Panorama.

This type of photography works by taking multiple images at different positions and then stitching them together. Photaf takes half the job out of this by doing everything other than moving the handset for you. (more…)

Cameras have been standard features on phones for a few years now, and the trend has only continued with every new smartphone taking the megapixel war to the next level. Although mobile phone cameras have traditionally been frowned upon by purists — 8 to 12 megapixel sensors and top-of-the-line lenses notwithstanding — for most, these have become their primary source of capturing everyday moments.

It is a shame then, that as the world’s largest and fastest growing smartphone OS, android does not come with a camera application that lives up to its reputation. The stock app that gets packaged with android phones is at best rudimentary, and meant to simply get the job done. Luckily for us users though, there are a ton of apps that chip in to add bits and pieces of functionality. Camera360 is an application that attempts a jack-of-all-trades approach here, and does so quite successfully.

Android’s built-in camera application is basic, but can get the job done when you need to quickly snap a moment. It doesn’t offer much beyond the simple snap-and-save routine, leaving the field wide open for other apps to enter the arena with boatloads of features, adding shooting modes, features and post-processing effects to give your shots that extra edge. Here’s a look at some of the best free Android apps to help you take better photos.

We will look at the four most common imaging tasks on the phone – capturing photos, viewing them, editing them and then sharing them with the world. Although a number of the apps do all of these on their own, more often than not they are better for one purpose than the others. All these apps are free or offer a free, ad-supported version. Some do have Pro versions that either take away the ads or offer more in terms of features.


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