Last week, Google finally unveiled all the new features it would be bringing to Android 4.4, or KitKat. There’s a lot of good stuff in the latest release, like a smaller memory footprint. The announcement failed to mention, however, that the latest version of Android will also ship with new photo editing software.
Google employee Nicolas Roard announced on Friday that his team had built a new non-destructive photo editor for KitKat. Here’s what it all does:
The editor is pretty powerful, works on tablet and phones, handles full-size image processing, zooming, re-edit, image exports, user presets, etc. This new version also adds more powerful specialized tools (graduated filters, per-channel saturation controls, local adjustments, etc.)
Roard notes that the photo editor will also be coming to the Android Open Source Project so developers all over the world will be able to tinker with it once it launches.
Of course, it’s no fun just being told how a photo editor works so here’s a video demo of the the new editor in action taken from a Nexus 7 running Android 4.4. It’s noted that the video was captured using Android 4.4’s new screen recording feature – another exciting feature in the upcoming release:
The inclusion of a more powerful photo editor within Android itself is another sign that Google is taking photography very seriously. Just last week, the company held a Google+ event where it announced a number of new features for its social network’s photo editing software, including new auto-enhance features.