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Adobe Lightroom comes to Android phones

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Adobe has launched a version of its popular Lightroom photo editing software for Android phones.

The company launched its Lightroom app for iPad and iPhone last year, and now it has announced the availability of the photo editing software on Android too.

Intriguingly, while the iPad was the lead platform on iOS, this Android iteration has been designed specifically for phones. A tablet-optimised version is on the way, but with high-end Android tablets still relatively unpopular, it's fairly clear where Adobe's priorities lie.

The Android version of Lightroom appears to contain all the major features of the iOS version, which means that it's been designed as a complement to Adobe Lightroom 5 on desktop rather than a full stand-alone app.

This also means that the app itself is a free download, but that you'll need an active Creative Cloud subscription to make use of it.

The app will allow you to sync your photos with the full Lightroom app, allowing your to make adjustments to your main images on the fly.

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You get a range of basic editing tools here, allowing you to tweak things like exposure, saturation, shadows, and colour temperature. It's also possible to handle full-sized RAW files, and adjustments can be made even when the file isn't available locally on your phone.

Adobe Lightroom mobile for Android is available on the Google Play Store now. If you can't see it, Adobe notes that it may take up to 24 hours for it to appear on all stores.

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