Adobe expands its free-to-use Lightroom love: now for Android users
With this year’s crop of new smartphones, users have access to some of the best cameras to ever bless mobile devices. Rather than just throwing megapixels at us, manufacturers have been delivering cameras that actually put their focus less on specs and marketing buzzwords, and more on sensors capable of producing some stunning shots. But now that you’ve got all these beautiful pics on your phone, what do you do with them? Sure, you could move them all over to your PC for some hardcore editing action, but more and more users are finding that a maturing crop of smartphone editing apps is capable of doing everything they need, right on their phones. Today Adobe gives us an attractive new option for just that, making one of its popular photo-editing tools free to use for Android users.
Back in October, Adobe Lightroom dropped its Creative Cloud subscription requirement for iOS users. With today’s update, Android users get the same perk, able to download and use Lightroom without needing to pay Adobe a dime.
That said, you may be tempted to pay up for Creative Cloud all the same, as while Android users can now edit and share photos from Lightroom right on their phones, some of the app’s features remain subscription-only. Namely, without Creative Cloud you won’t be able to sync your edits across multiple devices, including PCs and Adobe’s web interface.
You’re welcome to give that sync support a test-run thanks to a free Creative Cloud trial offer – and if you end not getting a lot of benefit from it, you can keep on using this free release of Lightroom as-is. If you decide to stick with it, the Creative Cloud Photography plan runs users about ten dollars a month.