Android now allows Photoshop to be an image editor for other apps

Adobe's Photoshop.com has mobile apps for both iPhone and Android.  Each platform features a similar set of features.

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However, in an interesting twist today, Adobe announced that other Android application developers would be allowed to call up the Photoshop.com application to do photo editing inside their own applications using simple snippets of code.

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For instance, the Facebook application could use Adobe's Photoshop image editor inside the Facebook app to allow you to crop/rotate/flip/colorize/etc. a photo that you take with your Android phone before you upload it to your Facebook account.

Obviously, you'll need to have the Photoshop application installed on your Android device for this to work.  If it isn't installed, the application will use a fallback editor or none at all.

From Adobe:

Any application can use the Photoshop.com Mobile 1.1 editor for editing images on Android phones. To get started, you first need to install the Photoshop.com Mobile application on your Android device.

This shows a new level of development freedom for Android that Apple hasn't yet shown interest in on the iPhoneOS.  The Photoshop.com application is actually running in the background and is acting as an intermediary in the Android setup.

It will be interesting to see how many developers take advantage of this functionality rather than building their own rudimentary image editing capabilities.  Additionally, what performance penalty, if any, exists with this type of configuration?

Apple is expected to release its next iPhone OS 4.0 in the coming months which is expected to have more advanced features that take away advantages that Android might currently have.

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