The Best New Free Photo Editing Apps for Android in 2015

Chaitanya Tapase

I can’t remember the last time I sat down on my computer and spent a good amount of time editing photos. Apps available on the Android platform do a very good job of editing photos that I have taken in various lighting conditions. But which of these, released in 2015, are worth trying out? Can they challenge old favorites like Snapseed and VSCO Cam?

Don't post your coffee pics without editing!
Don’t post your coffee pics without editing!

Let’s find out.

1. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Released in the early part of this year, Lightroom from Adobe went free a while back for Android. It has all the basic features that users who’ve already used Adobe Lightroom on desktops/laptops will be familiar with. Light being the essential part of any photo, users can customize it using the Lightroom app to varying results.

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The app, however, is no desktop alternative. The UI isn’t as intuitive on Android and there are some random issues with crashes and such. But, hey, it’s now free and supports RAW images too.

Get Adobe Photoshop Lightroom here.

2. PIP Camera

It may sound like a camera app, but PIP Camera is all about editing photos. Yes, it’s free, but comes loaded with ads. That kinda ruins the experience, especially since there seem to be ads almost everywhere in this app. On the plus side, there are plenty of editing options in this app along with a collage maker, a magazine creator and some additional cool effects like having your photo embedded within a stamp.

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Although the app feels a bit clunky (as well as cheesy) at times, if you can get used to it, there are plenty of fun features to be explored besides adding filters, cropping, adjusting contrast and so on. It may not be as comprehensive in its list of features as Pixlr, but it’s not that far behind.

Get PIP Camera here.

3. Cameringo Lite

This is actually a camera app with quite a few editing options, but I’ve seen most users enjoy the editing options so much they barely use it as a camera app. There are some funky filters here which will mash your face or make the surroundings look like it’s falling in, but that’s just the beginning.

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There are things like Lomo effects, HDR, Panorama effects, light leaks and GIF animations too. I’ve even used the paid version of this (Cameringo+) and have found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. It’s no Snapseed or VSCO, but it’s a lot more fun to play around with.

Get Cameringo Lite here.

4. Polarr

A comprehensive list of features adorns this app, which works only in landscape mode by default. But that isn’t a bad thing, especially if you’re serious about editing images on a smaller screen. The app not only has basic adjustments and filters, but also more advanced ones like Histogram and Curves.

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There are no ads that bother you in this free app, which is great. Moreover, there are plenty of options to import/export and history to see which change affected your picture in what way. This app is ideal for people who are looking for newer alternatives for VSCO as well as Snapseed.

Get Polarr here.

5. Youcam Makeup

This app is certainly targeted to the ladies. With a selfie-focussed approach, the app can help your eyes look bigger, lips more fuller and guess what? Even add a dash of makeup here and there. That’s not all, you can even add accessories like earrings, headbands and necklaces to enhance your look if you so feel the need to.

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It may not look very realistic in most cases but may prove fun for casual sharing on social networks. This app is also ad-supported but they don’t come in your face and users can work around these.

Get Youcam Makeup here.

Liked All?

These were our picks for the best photo editing apps for 2015. If you’ve used any which were released this year and are not part of this list, then let us know in our forum. See you in 2016!

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Chaitanya Tapase has varied interests in Technology from Android to Windows to DSLR Photography. On weekends, you'd find him catching up on TV Shows like Game of Thrones and enjoying House Music.