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5 Apps Like Instagram for Android phones

Updated on October 30, 2013

Instagram reformed mobile photo-editing with its unique filters, effects and photo-sharing options. It provided a simpler way to edit photos and enhance them. Old school Kodak and Polaroid effects became an instant hit. Filter effects like Russian Toy Camera, Lomo-fi and Sutro soon became household names.

The photo-editing application is absolutely free, but did you know there are quite a few apps as cool as Instagram for Google Android phones? These applications sport plenty of features, including filters, color overlays, frames and social sharing options to keep you busy adorning your snaps.

They are simple, yet powerful and offer easy ways to tweak photos. Some have the ability to add filters during shots, while some applications allow users to add effects after capturing images. Here are some of the top choices for photo-editing lovers:

1. Pixlr-o-Matic

Pixlr-o-Matic can transform your photographs into cool retro images. There are plenty of image effects and filters, including pop favorites like the Russian Toy Camera, Polaroid look and a whole lot of amazing lighting effects and color overlays.

The free version adds up to 100 free effects for your pictures as well as 200 cool looking borders. Adding effects is a breeze. All you have to do is choose a picture from your gallery and add overlays, borders and vintage effects to give a refreshing new look to your image.

What’s more, you can also save your edited image in high definition and share it with your friends via Facebook. However, it would have been better had the app developers added more social sharing options, such as Twitter or Foursquare.

Pixlr is one of the top photo enhancement choices for photography enthusiasts. There’s also a premium app with more effects and color overlays. But I would still recommend the free version.


2. StreamZoo

This free photo tweaking app for Android allows users to create and share enhanced photographs. The app offers cool borders and filters that can be combined to give a marvelous photo effect.

StreamZoo has less number of filters and borders if we compare it to other free apps. There are 18 filters, such as Toy Hipster, Old Skool and popular ones like Lomo and Sunshine. 15 Borders ranging from retro to gritty and old vignette give a totally new look to your boring pics. The app also allows users to crop photographs in 6 different shapes.

This free Instagram clone has a unique way of rewarding users for uploading photos to some photo streams. Users can unlock badges after successful uploads or share pictures via popular social networking and photo sites like Google+, Flickr and Facebook.

3. EyeEm

Another feature-rich Instagram-like app for Android, EyeEm lets you share your edited images via social networking sites. The app allows a unique social way of sharing photos. You will be virtually exploring and stumbling upon new albums teeming with images shared by people from all over the world. This unique social experience makes this app stand out from the crowd.

EyeEm has 14 superb filters and around 10 borders. Filtering your images can be pretty quick and so does sharing. Besides Facebook and Twitter, the app also lets users share their images via Foursquare and Tumblr.

Another unique aspect about this app is its real-time search engine, which allows users to discover a variety of photo albums based on places, topics of interests and events. You take a pic and find a whole lot of other relevant images to view and share. With an easy-to-use interface and amazing social and editing options, this application is a must-have for photography enthusiasts and hobbyists.


4. PicsArt

PicsArt is your pocket Photoshop, minus any complications. This free photo editing app boasts tons of filters, collages, and artistic effects. It also allows users to add text effects, stickers and clipart graphics. It’s a poor man’s Photoshop, and not as awesome as the original app. But it does allow you to experiment and add some good filters and photo effects.

What’s interesting about this app is the variety of social networking/blogging sites for sharing your photos. You can share your tweaked photos via Tumblr, Blogger, Wordpress, Foursquare and Dropbox.

You can also send photos via email and share them through Picasa. PicsArt also lets you capture and edit photos through its interface using your camera. While it is not as impressive as other free apps, it can be a good substitute for the popular photo sharing application.

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5. Camera 360 Ultimate

A perfect app for photography enthusiasts, Camera 360 is a simple, yet amazing photo-editing program that allows users add great effects to their images. The “Ultimate” edition has an easy-to-use user interface and a brand new processing engine that allows for quick capture and photo process.

The app requires a camera, so that you can capture and process your photo immediately as well as add photo effects. It also boasts a robust share function, making every photo share a wonderful experience. some of the most unique and outstanding features include HDR, which converts plain photos into high-res images, color effects, amazing theme templates, easy-to-post sharing interface, great sketching options and scenes.



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