Adobe Lightroom Comes To Android, But Only For Smartphones

Android users who are feeling bummed over the fact that Adobe's Lightroom for mobile has been available on iOS for a few months now have reason to smile today -- it's now available on Android, too! There is a caveat, however, which is that it's only compatible with Android phones at the moment, which leaves out devices like the Nexus 9 and any other tablet.

Other requirements include an ARMv7-based quad-core CPU running at 1.7GHz or higher, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android Jellybean, KitKat, or Lollipop. Provided you meet the criteria, you can download Adobe Lightroom for mobile today.

With the app installed, you can review and edit images on your Android phone, and any changes you make will sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home via Creative Cloud. Be advised that the mobile version isn't as fully fleshed out as the desktop version, though you can still access images, reject unworthy photos, apply presets, make fine tune adjustments using the Basic panel, and import new photos directly from the gallery.

Lightroom Mobile

You can edit everything from smartphone photos to RAW images from DSLRs on your Android handset. If you're pleased with the result, you can then share photos to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Lightroom mobile uses Smart Previews for RAW editing on the go. Smart Previews are based on the DNG file format and limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge. You can use Smart Previews to make adjustments even when the original files aren't available locally -- any adjustments you make will get applied to the originals once they become available.

You can download Lightroom mobile for Android phones from Google Play.