Google has today announced its acquisition of Nik Software, the developer of leading iOS photography app Snapseed, which also won Apple’s iPad App Of The Year award in 2011 for its inventive multitouch photo editing interface, reports The Verge. The portion of Nik Software that worked on Snapseed, will relocate to Google headquarters in Mountain View to work on Google+.
Google+ boss Vic Gundotra said in a blog post that the company is looking to “help users create photos they absolutely love”, for which the German developer Nik is well known for. Even though Snapseed gained over nine million users during its first year on sale, it is no no Instagram in terms of popularity. However, use of filters etc. for manipulating images does serve a similar purpose.
“Both Facebook and Instagram are notorious for compressing user photos to save server space, though Facebook has more recently added high-resolution uploads to its website. A Snapseed-esque photo toolkit inside the Google+ mobile app would instantly put it on par with Facebook and Instagram’s mobile photo-editing capabilities”.
While Google+ mobile photo community is not as vast as Instagram’s, the company has done a nice job by allowing high-resolution image uploads and editing features like crop, sharpen, text,and a variety of photo filters inside Google+.
Check out this quick video tutorial on the basics of Snapseed photo editing app for iPhone and iPad: