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Showing posts with label Android Tips & Tricks. Show all posts

Install Google's new Lollipop Messenger app now! 2016

If you're not a fan of using Hangouts on stock Android to send and receive an SMS then don't worry, with the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has included a new messaging application for SMS & MMS bearing the features of Material Design. And best of all - you can download it today! Messenger is now available for install from the Google Play Store.

It's almost a year since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, where the Google Hangouts app was developed from a simple web mail service to become an integrated SMS app. Installed by default on the Nexus range, this application had to be used to send and receive your SMS messages, much to the disdain of some users.

 However, Google seems to regret this choice: the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 will be arriving with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the brand new SMS application in tow, bearing the name "Messenger". (Reminiscent of a certain social network's similar messaging application...). The app is now available for all devices with Android versions 4.1 Jelly Bean and above.

What does the new Messenger app bring?

• Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
• Easy search: Search through contacts and conversation threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
• Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.
• More control: Ability to block SMS senders. No interruptions when you don’t want them!
• More features: audio messages, emoji support 😃, colored text threads, message archiving and more.

Install the Android 5.0 Lollipop Messenger

You can install it for free from the Play Store by clicking the install button below.

If you don’t have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you can still try to install it with the Google Messenger APK that we had previously made available, however this isn’t guaranteed. This APK is not official, and may contain some bugs.
What do you think of the Android 5.0 Lollipop Messenger?

Download the Android 5.0 Lollipop camera APK now!

You may be patiently waiting for November 3rd to roll around when the Nexus devices will get Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA, or even later for other manufacturers, but why wait when a lot of the new interface is available via mirrored APKs? The Android 5.0 Lollipop camera is now ready for download, at your own risk of course.

Google has tweaked and transformed every nook and cranny of the Android OS with their most recent update, and the camera app is no exception. The font has been modified, icons slightly changed (the button to switch from front to back for example), and new animations have been introduced, which you can notice when launching the app or focusing on an object. The colored circles for each camera mode are also a lot more vibrant.

Though a lot has changed on the surface, there’s not much to comment on at the functional level for the time being, but as soon as we are able to test it out further, we’ll let you know if we notice any definite changes. What’s more, since the app isn’t the final version, it wasn’t stable and did crash from time to time, especially when using HDR. For those who are running into a lot pesky crashes, the website where the APK is available has a few workarounds that might work for you. The app is also crashing if you don't have root acces.
You can get the Android 5.0 camera APK here Download Now. Test it out and let us know what you think! In your opinion, is the update worthwhile or is it mainly just cosmetic?

Best translation Android apps for Android 2016

Best for offline use: Microsoft Translator

Microsoft jumped into the Android translation market with its simple and sophisticated app. This app is designed for offline use and supports 12 offline languages. Accessing these offline are really easy, you just need to download each individually. Each is around 200 MB and once you do you won't have to worry about losing your connection in a rural part of the world. After all, this is where English is spoken the least.
The interface for Microsoft Translator is practical and well-designed. When you open the app, you are given three buttons for quick access. You can choose speak detection translation, keyboard translation or two-way translation for when you're in a social situation and need a translator.
While the interface is much nicer than most translator apps, Microsoft Translator is not a great all-around app. There aren't any options for picture or instant text translation, if you want this feature, read on. The app does support Android Wear and this can give you quick translation access that other apps cannot.

Best for quick use: Language Translator

If what you want is an app that can get you a translation fast, then Language Translator by La Clave Gandora is your best bet. This app was developed with ease-of-use in mind, and is ideal for beginners, thanks to its simple interface. it has just two translation functions, typing and speaking, and they both offer up translations quickly.
Language Translator makes it really easy to get from one language to another on mobile. The buttons are relatively large and have flags next to them so you can easily distinguish between the languages, and the large font size makes it easy to see your translations. It's rated highly (4.4) on Google Play and has had more than a million downloads.

Best for individual words: PONS

PONS Online Dictionary is a dictionary with translator functions, which means it can give you in-depth descriptions of words. Words often have several meanings, so PONS gives you a few options displayed in a simple interface. For example, the word 'current' could mean 'electrical current' or 'new' and could appear as a noun or an adjective. You need to find out which way the word is meant to be used in order to get the right translation and PONS is great at helping you figure this out.
PONS is also great for finding and translating phrases in which to use these words. A suggested phrase for 'current' is 'this version is current,' which is immediately translated on the other half of the screen. This gives you a better understanding of the word in both languages.

Best for voice recognition: Translate voice

Translate voice does voice recognition the best of any of the apps we could find. You can say a word or read an entire paragraph and the app keeps up with you. It is dependent on your smartphone's voice recognition capabilities, so results could vary.

Translate voice has the best voice recognition of any translation app

This app is especially helpful for when you are in social situations where typing is impractical, but you still need to push a complicated idea across the language barrier. With Translate voice, you can say these difficult sentences and then play the translation aloud to the other person.
Translate voice is limited by its number of usable functions. If you need something that is more thorough in its translation services, you should probably try one of the other apps down this list.

Best for accuracy: iTranslate

If you need a sentence or two translated, iTranslate will give you the most accurate results. It is equipped to handle more than 90 languages, and though this is just a small fraction of the total languages in the world, it will be useful in the majority of situations you may find yourself in.
iTranslate is also the best app to use for typing or copying text. The swipe feature quickly copies blocks of text and translates them effortlessly. If you find something in your translation that you may need later, you can save it in your favorites.
While the voice recognition is not the best, it does have an amazing audio function that can read back translations in different dialects. For instance, you can choose between British, American and Australian English. You can also have the text read back to you more slowly.

Best all-round app: Google Translate

Google Translate is the standard translation app that serves most purposes. Google Translate is reasonably accurate and has a ton of features. If you need an app that does everything you need, plus things you never thought you needed, then Google Translate is the ticket. It's very popular, with more than 100 million downloads and a solid 4.4 rating on Google Play.

If you need a solid multi-function translation app, then Google Translate is your best bet.

The type-translate function currently supports 90 languages, which are also supported if you want to take a picture and have it translated or use your finger to write the words. Two-way automatic voice translation is limited to 40 languages.
The coolest feature of Google Translate is the instant camera text translation, which instantly translates public transportation schedules, warning signs, menus and so on from a photo you take. The size or font of the text does not matter, Google Translate will recognize it and instantly translate it. This function is limited to 26 languages, but works incredibly well, and you will be amazed at the number of instances when it comes in handy.

How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone 2016

Tools to recover deleted text messages

There are several different PC and Mac-based tools available. They essentially all do the same thing: scan your Android's memory, then identify and recover your deleted messages. Some cost money, some are free and some do more than others.

Whichever tool you choose, they'll all walk you through the process, which is usually only four steps long: connect, scan, preview, recover (the same process works for other data besides text messages). Note that many, if not all, of these processes require root access to your phone, which can void the warranty. Some programs worth trying out include:
Sponsored: FonePaw's Android Data Recovery can detect and recover deleted or lost files from Android devices through a clean and intuitive UI. Coupled with its powerful data recovery capacity, supporting multiple Android OS versions and devices, it's a top-tier tool for recovering your lost data.

How to recover lost text messages on Android

I'm using Wondershare to demonstrate the procedure, but most programs have the same – or at least similar – steps.
1. Enable Developer options on your Android phone. To do this, go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number until you see the notification that Developer options has been enabled.
2. Go to Developer options > USB debugging and check the box (or flip the switch, depending on your version of Android).

 3. Download and install the free Wondershare trial (or another recovery tool of your choice) and connect your Android phone to your computer.

4. Follow the prompts in the recovery program to identify your device and scan or analyze your Android's memory.
5. Once the process is complete you can browse and preview both the deleted and undeleted data on your Android device. As long as the particular part of memory on which your data was originally stored has not been saved over, you can still retrieve it. This is why it's important to act quickly if you've accidentally deleted an SMS.

6. Next, open the Messages folder in the left-hand pane, select the messages you wish to recover and click Recover at the bottom right to put them back on your device or save them to your computer.
Note: if you want to complete this process without a PC, you will need root access on your device and, more than likely, a paid recovery app. Feel free to do it that way if you like, but it's easier (and free) to just use a computer.

How to never lose a text message again

Maybe you've learned your lesson, maybe you haven't. If you want to avoid the panic of losing your messages and using a PC to recover them, the best thing to do is to back up your SMS messages regularly. The good news is, doing so only takes five minutes.
I use a free app called SMS Backup & Restore. It's straightforward, looks nice and works perfectly: all you need for this type of operation. Check out the screenshots below for the walkthrough.

1. Once you've downloaded and installed SMS Backup & Restore, open the app and tap Backup.
2. Next, choose what exactly you want to create a backup of, then – crucially – tap Local backup and upload if you want to send your backup to Google Drive, Dropbox or an email address.
3. Make your selection from the list that appears and then tap OK.

4. To restore your backed-up SMS messages, tap Restore on the app's home screen, then, on the Restore Backup page, you can just tap the backup name in the list to restore it (if it's stored locally).
5. If your backup is stored in the cloud, tap the overflow menu (three dots) at the top right, then Load from and select whichever cloud service it's stored on.

6. There are plenty of extra options in SMS Backup & Restore, including scheduled backups and password protection. You can find these by tapping the overflow menu icon at the top right of the app's home screen, then hit Preferences.

Have you ever lost your text messages by accident? Did you manage to recover them? Share your tips and experiences in the comments.

Best music player apps for Android 2016

When Apple-to-Android converts tell us about why they switched, the words 'iTunes' and 'oppression' always crop up. The way you consume music on Android is virtually unrestricted, and there are a huge number of music player apps to choose from. So join us in taking a look at the best music player apps for Android.

Pulsar Music Player

This a gorgeous, Material Design music player that lets you browse your music by folders, albums, genre or artists. It's packed with all the essential features, as well as some more unusual ones, including built-in support, automatic artwork download, built-in tag editing, a variety of themes, and smart playlists.
The free version contains pretty much everything you need for basic use, but a small one-off payment scores you access to the equalizer, additional themes and a bass and reverb booster.

Shuttle Music Player

Probably the best-looking music app on Android, Shuttle has a good line-up of features, including a six-band equalizer, and automatic downloads for artwork and lyrics. Shuttle also uses scrobbling, which will work out which songs you listen to the most over time, and help tailor playlists to your liking.
If you splash out US$1.75 / £1.10 for the paid version, you get more themes, folder browsing, and even Chromecast support.


Musixmatch offers something a little different. As well as a sleek, elegant interface for listening to your music, it also comes with the FloatingLyrics widget, which syncs lyrics to music that you listen to, and lets you read lyrics as you're listening to songs on your default music player, Spotify, YouTube, and various other music apps.
You can even type lyrics into the widget and it'll find the matching song on your device. It's this unique widget that makes Musixmatch a real winner.

jetAudio Music Player

This is one of the better music players on Android, mainly because of its strong host of tweaks and effects you can add when listening to your music. Plugins include the AM3D Audio Enhancer and Bongiovi DPS, which enhances sound processing in a way that true audio enthusiasts will appreciate.
Pay £3.29 / US$4.99 for the Plus version, and you get a whole load of widgets, viewing options, pitch shifting and much more, making this possibly the most tinkery music player out there.


This is an all-round media player that handles video and music with equal aplomb. On the music side of things, it has a feature that recognizes your music – even without tags – and matches it up with artwork and lyrics.
This ensures that there will be few blank spaces or generic musical notes when you're browsing your library and admiring the album covers. There is also Mood Player, which automatically creates playlists based on how you tell the app you're feeling, and when you're online, you get further listening recommendations based on your favorite tunes.


As one of the most popular music players for Android, Poweramp is a safe bet for your musical needs. Album art and lyrics can be integrated into the player, and it provides an impressive 10-band equalizer to help tweak your sound output. You can even save your EQ presets, allowing you to set up specific ones for specific headphones.
The only downside is that Poweramp displays the directory names of the songs and albums in your library when you are browsing, which looks untidy.

PlayerPro Music Player

Also hovering around the top of the Android music player app chart is PlayerPro Music Player. Like Poweramp, lyrics and album art can be downloaded and displayed while playing music. There are also different skins, themes and extensions, which you can use with this player to help customize your experience.
Song tags can be edited directly from the app and it even has scrobbling support for sites such as so that you can sync your listening habits. PlayerPro comes with a variety of options for lock screen widgets that provide you with quick access to the music player, and its features are rounded off with smart playlists, which adapt to your listening habits.

n7player Music Player

This app offers something a little different; a tag cloud, where artists and song names are displayed on your screen, in varying sizes, depending on how much you listen to them. It looks great, and comes with its own EQ with haptic feedback. Creative, with some interesting use of multi-touch, n7player is definitely worth checking out.

Rocket Player

Rocket Player is a feature-rich underdog that competes against some of the bigger names and offers various downloadable templates and themes. While the free version gives you a pretty standard batch of options, the £2.49 / US$3.99 Premium version also offers left/right balance control, preamp, and more audio formats.
An extensive search option lets you search across different tags, playlists and composers, and the whole thing feels intuitive and easy to use thanks to a recent Material Design-style update.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music offers access to a huge online catalog of music. You can stream it if you have a subscription, but the app can also play the music stored in your smartphone library. Google Play Music syncs with your Google account, so your playlists and songs are accessible across multiple devices.
Google Play Music also offers customized recommendations based on your current listening habits and music library, and comes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop Material Design interface.

Oppo R9 and R9 Plus launched: images and specs revealed

Oppo R9 price and release date

On March 17, 2016, in Beijing, Oppo introduced the world to its new smartphone: the Oppo R9. No information on the release date or price is available yet, but the Oppo R9 and its premium big brother, the R9 Plus, will almost certainly see a release in the US at some point soon. We are still waiting on the details, however, and will keep you updated.

Oppo R9 design

The Oppo R9’s design is heavily informed by its predecessors, the Oppo R7 and Oppo R7s. It has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, and a metal unibody design. At 6.6 millimeters, it is slightly thinner than the Oppo R7s, which is 6.95 millimeters thick.
Since the bezel between the display and the frame is a measly 1.66 millimeters, Oppo claims that the R9 could easily be mistaken for a 4.2-inch device.

Oppo R9 specs

The Oppo R9 is equipped with a MediaTek Helio P10 processor (eight cores, 64 bit), 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. This memory can be expanded up to 128 GB with a microSD card.
Battery pack
The battery provides a small surprise because the Oppo R9 packs only 2,850 mAh. This is surprising because the Oppo R7 was equipped with a 3,070 mAh battery. According to Oppo, the R9 will last around 14 hours off a single charge, and a half-hour charge will see 70 percent of the battery restored.

Fingerprint scanner
The Oppo R9 is the first Oppo smartphone to feature a fingerprint scanner. This is said to recognize a fingerprint within 0.2 seconds and work even when the surface is wet.

The Oppo R9’s rear camera is equipped with a 16 MP sensor and an f / 2.0 aperture. Due to the increased MP count and technical improvements made to the camera, the Oppo R9 is said by Oppo to produce clearer, sharper photos than the Oppo R7s.
The front-facing camera is an 8 MP, f / 2.4 aperture snapper.
Other details
The Oppo R9 features WiFi-ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE connectivity. Whether the Oppo R9 comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, Oppo neglected to mention.

Oppo R9 Plus first details

Oppo also provided the first details for the R9 Plus. This premium version of the device differs in its battery size (4,120 mA), processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 652) and screen size (6-inch) from the Oppo R9.
What do you think of Oppo's latest offering at first glance? Would you consider picking one up? Let us know in the comments.

9 best free texting apps for Android 2016

Not everybody uses WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, and there are some instances where a good old SMS message is still preferred. If you want to make use of your unlimited free texts, below we've gathered a list of the best free texting apps for Android.

Best for themes: GO SMS Pro

GO SMS Pro is a great all-inclusive texting app. It really helps you get the most out of those unlimited texting plans. There are some advertisements but often you need to click on the advertisement-animation feature to see them. You have some excellent features but the best part of this app is the themes and stickers.
The themes on the GO SMS Pro app are really well designed and integrate well with its interface. You need to download each from Google Play but once you do they are easy to set up. A lot of them are free but if you want some of the more specialized ones you need to through their coin system and pay for them.
The 'Delay to send' option is a good idea to activate just in case you make a mistake. This happens a lot; I've had plenty of messages I sent I wanted to quickly get back. If you've ever accidentally sent a swear word to a contact then you probably want use the blacklist function so it doesn't go, get the point.

Best for customization: Handcent Next SMS

It takes a few minutes to get set up but Handcent Next SMS has some excellent customization features that give you a seamless personalized experience. This makes texting a bit more enjoyable and is reminiscent of messenger apps like WhatsApp or WeChat. Handcent Next SMS changes the way we interact with texting and for that it is quite unique.
When you use Handcent, you notice that it is a really clean experience. It feels like you can move quickly though its functions without clutter everywhere distracting you. And coupled with this simplicity you have more complex features like festive e-cards or text messages for birthdays or holidays. You can even get some inspiration from heartfelt messages made public by other texters.
The customization features really make Handcent shine and we highly recommend you take advantage of them. You can use a skin for their interface and there are a few good ones to choose from, which they update frequently. There are some pretty neat themes too. But the in-text customization features really keep you coming back because they change the way you interact with texting in general. Changing these features is easy and you can be pretty comprehensive with it.

Best for simplicity: Google Messenger

We're not fans of Hangouts, which complicates the simple process of sending texts, but Google Messenger is another story. It makes use of many of Hangouts' finer qualities while cutting out the clutter. Messenger has an eye-soothing interface and, as well as sending texts, you can take photos and record audio messages from within the app.
Google Messenger is a typical Google app in that it nails the essentials of what it should do.

Best for multiple devices: MySMS

MySMS comes garlanded with rave reviews from press and users alike. It's available for Windows, Mac and web browsers as well as Android, which means you can post from a computer or tablet using your Android phone's number.
It supports group messaging and MMS, message scheduling, message export and backup, and connects with services such as Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive. Many of the advanced features require a premium membership, but at just US$9.99 per year, MySMS is hardly going to break the bank.

Best for security: Signal Private Messanger

If you like to err on the side of caution, it's hard to overlook Signal Private Messenger. It's super secure – you can't even take screenshots of the app. Signal Private Messenger (also known as TextSecure) encrypts your personal communications with end-to-end encryption protocols as soon as you register your number.
As you may recall, the NSA has a habit of intercepting SMS content as it passes through data centers. TextSecure only handles encrypted content so your messages are safe in transit. All of your attachments are also encrypted.

Best for comprehensive service: chomp SMS

chomp SMS has been around for a long time, and has become one of the most popular Android SMS apps. Its features include a huge array of emojis, passcode app lock, message locks, intense privacy options, blacklists and quick reply popups, not to mention a ton of customization options, plus it offers Pushbullet and Android Wear compatibility.

Best for Android Wear compatability: Textra SMS

Textra SMS is a great SMS app, which makes excellent use of Material Design. It has more features than most stock SMS apps, including floating notifications, quick reply popups, and a heap of signature and notification types. Textra SMS features more than 100 different themes and app icon colors, making it one of the most customizable messaging apps available. What's more, it's compatible with PushBullet and Android Wear.

Best looking: QKSMS

QKSMS is one of the prettiest SMS apps we've seen, offering Material Design plus a range of themes, night mode, customization, quick replies, group messaging, message scheduling and more in an ad-free environment. The basic app is free but if you want to unlock all the color options and advanced features, you can get premium mode in exchange for a US$1.99 in-app purchase.

Best all-rounder: EvolveSMS

EvolveSMS is the Google-inspired SMS app that we wish Hangouts was. EvolveSMS is feature-packed, with support for multimedia messages (including GIFs) and even smartwatch compatibility. The default orange interface looks great, but you can also grab more themes if you're willing to drop a little coin for the customization pack.
Swiping between conversations and a navigation drawer make it a breeze to navigate, and there are plenty of free pre-loaded customization options. If you want an SMS app that does everything, go with Evolve.

Bonus app: MightyText add-on

MightyText is not an SMS app itself, but is on this list because it's an awesome tool for sending and receiving texts via your computer. MightyText does not have an app component on your Android device, but is an extension for your existing SMS app.
So you can pick an app you like the look of from this list and give it the MightyText touch to read and reply to messages from your computer screen. Other nice features include built-in SMS backup and restore options.

Do you agree with our list of the best text message apps for Android? Are there any that you can't believe we've missed? Let us know in the comments below.

11 best photo editing apps on Android 2016 Public Review

Smartphone camera technology has all but replaced point-and-shoot digital cameras with comparable performance and some extra help from apps. Speaking of which, we're here to help you make your favorite photos look even better with our list of the 11 best photo editing apps on Android.

Adobe Photoshop Express: the fast and easy

Adobe Photoshop Express is a great all-around photoshopping app for Android. Photos on your smartphone are easily modified with just a few swipes on a simple interface. It gives you the feel of the PC Adobe Photoshop on your mobile device.
The absolute basics like rotation, cropping, red-eye removal and flipping are very easy to perform within the app. There is easy blemish-removal that rids your photos of pesky spots of dirt or dust. You can quickly control the color and overall appearance of your photos with options for adjusting highlights, shading, shadows, contrast and many more.
If you are a bit more advanced in your photoshopping, you can take advantage of the professional design features. These are surprisingly easy-to-use. You can filter your photos to get some quality effects like dawn, mosiac, vivid and fish eye. Overall, it’s a powerful tool, capable of handling large file sizes.

AirBrush: the selfie perfector

AirBrush is any selfie fan's best friend. If you want those selfies to really shine then you should get the AirBrush app. This app is perfect for optimizing selfies for Facebook, Twitter or your favorite dating apps.
AirBrush has only a few functions but executes them well. There is a smoother to rid your photo of skin bumps and a blemish remover to cover embarrassing acne. If you've had a cup or two too much coffee recently, you can swipe your teeth a little whiter. The concealer clears up bags under your eyes, in case you didn’t sleep well the night before.
If you are a first timer at selfie editing, the app gives you a series of easy-to-follow tutorials to get you started. There are about 10 videos, and each gives you a thorough but quick introduction to each of the app's features. Once you've watched these and toyed around a little, your selfies should be looking picture perfect.

PhotoDirector: the ultimate

When a massive multimedia software company like Cyberlink delivers a photo editing app to Android, you're going to want to pay attention. PhotoDirector is a kind of multi-purpose photo editor.
You can quickly and easily add overlays to your images, and get creative with effects and different photos styles. Or, you can step things up a notch and make use of PhotoDirector's more advanced features, such as RGB curves and HSL tools.

Photo Editor by dev.macgyver: the closest to a desktop experience 

It may not be very pretty, but Photo Editor perhaps comes closest offering the variety of options that could compete with GIMP or Photoshop. This is one of the very few apps that offers the ability to edit EXIF data and it packs superb perspective and curve adjustment tools.
It's free to use, but it does have ads. The good news is that it is updated very regularly, so even if you find a tool that it's lacking, it could well arrive at any moment.

Photo Editor by Lidow: the fast and fun

Photo Editor by Lidow is a quick and fun photo-editing app that saves you the hassle of trying to figure out millions of options, filters and settings. It's definitely less complex than many of the other photo editing apps on this list, but that's part of its charm. It offers a handful of fun, easy-to-use features that can be applied in seconds.

VSCO Cam: the Android favorite

VSCO Cam is one of the most-downloaded photo applications on Android. Combining a dedicated camera app, solid editing features, and its own Instagram-like user-uploads page, it is a photographers' dream. One of the beautiful things about VSCO Cam is how it provides an easy one-click fix for photos in the form of basic filters, while offering further options deeper in the app for those who want to get their hands dirty.
VSCO Cam's minimal interface makes it easy to grasp, but its professional grade features ensure it has the scope that more serious photo fanatics require. It's an astounding package – some of VSCO Cam's editing dials are the most comfortable and usable on Android, providing those subtle improvements that excite an image without looking garish. Even better, it's free to download. Lab: the framer

What Lab lacks in serious editing tools it more that makes up for with the amount of customization it gives you: photo frames, landscapes, colors, effects, stickers, icons, filters and more are included to spice up your pics.
It's definitely one of the less professional photo-editing apps on our list – it can't compete with the likes of PhotoShop or Snapseed for in-depth photo-fixing – but it's great for a bit of fun, and it has a huge amount of variety.

Snapseed: the experienced

Snapseed was developed by the professionals from Nik Software and is ideal for touching up your photos. Brightness, contrast, and saturation are among the standard tasks that it can do, and if you’re lucky, the automatic correction will get it all for you in one fell swoop.
Fine adjustments can be achieved with some touch-gestures if you want a more physical feel, and you can even choose to edit and customize a selection within your photo.
Snapseed is known primarily for its filters: with Retrolux, Vintage, Tilt Shift, Grunge, Drama and other cool effects, and it's free of charge with no ads.

Cymera: the portrait photographer

Although you can technically use Cymera for any type of photo, it really excels at portraits. You can take photos directly within the app or import them from your gallery, and Cymera offers seven different lenses and four different recording modes to instantly improve snaps.
More than 20 filters, decorations, portrait features, and realistic make-up effects are available, and images can be shared among Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr directly from the app. Cymera is free, but not free of advertising: a small, but manageable banner is displayed on the bottom of the screen.


Aviary Photo Editor: 1, 2, 3, meme!

Besides the standard functions for rotating, cropping, correcting, and auto-enhancing, Aviary Photo Editor also has focus functions (tilt-shift), text input, cosmetic corrections (red eye, make-up) and a meme generator. All of your photos can be shared across the most popular social media apps too.
The Aviary Photo Editor offers some in-app purchases for added effects, frames, and stickers, but is otherwise free with no ads.

PicsArt: the all-rounder

PicsArt is one of the most popular free photo editors available and an all-round solution: an image editor with effects, a camera app, drawing tool, and a social platform. In addition, the app features an excellent design program for editing photos with filters and decorations.
Finished masterpieces can also be shared on most popular social platforms in addition to text messaging and e-mail. Also, much like Instagram, PicsArt has an internal social network in which you can share your creations.