Google Buys Developer of 'Snapseed', Apple's 2011 iPad App of the Year

SnapseedAccording to The Verge, Google is acquiring Nik Software, the developer behind a number of different photography applications. Their biggest app, however, is Snapseed -- an Instagram-like iOS photography app that was named Apple's 2011 iPad App of the Year.

Snapseed has more than 9 million users on the iPhone and iPad, and the company is working on a version for Android devices as well. From Nik's blog post announcing the acquisition:

We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.

We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.

All our best!

The Nik Software Team
Snapseed is available on the iPhone and iPad as a universal app for $4.99, and on the Mac for $19.99.

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30 months ago
I'm worried that this will be bad news for anyone who relies on the professional Nik tools.
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30 months ago
RIP Snapseed
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30 months ago
Bad news as this is my go-to editing app for iOS.
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30 months ago
great app. hopefully this doesn't mean the app will go away..
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30 months ago
Another sad day in the world of indie apps ;)
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30 months ago

Snapseed is available on the iPhone and iPad as a universal app for $4.99, and on the Mac for $19.99.


But probably not for much longer.
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30 months ago
First Sparrow, now Snapseed, I guess if Google wants to complete their aquisition of my favorite apps, Reeder is next.

Joking aside, the interesting thing here is that until they made Snapseed, Nik's business was entirely in the high-end editing market, selling various filter plug-in packages for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, etc.

I also think it's kind of wierd how the Verge positions this as a thing to help Google+ compete with the Facebook/Instagram combo. Facebook didn't buy Instagram because it was a great photo editing app, they bought it because it was an extremely successful social network that was challenging it in the area of photo sharing. I don't think a nice photo editing interface is the thing standing between Google+ and more photo sharing users.

To me it seems more like Google is just trying to aquire more mobile app development talent. I dunno.
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30 months ago

Just realized that Google bought all of Nik. Awww crap! Now I'll need to drop $299.99 for the "Complete Collection" while I still can!


Or just wait 6 months and get it for free. Of course, there will be ads delivered in the editing window and you never know what ads will get watermarked automatically in all your pictures....

Facetious, yes, but maybe not far from the truth.
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30 months ago
Guess this means I have to delete so Google can't use this way to capture email passwords and other wifi traffic...

Nice guys that they are :D
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30 months ago
had bought both app, damn another 25$ wasted :mad:
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