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Five Favourite Photography Apps for the HTC One

This is a guest post written by Andrew Dean, a member of HTC elevate, which is our VIP community for HTC’s top fans from around the world.

So you’ve got your HTC One and you’ve taken some brilliant pictures with the outstanding UltraPixel camera, but what apps should you use to edit those photos and upload them whilst on the move? Here’s my roundup of my favourite photography apps for the HTC One!

Snapseed

Snapseed is a great free photo editing app by Google that gives you a wealth of editing options behind a great UI.

snapseed for android on htc one

Snapseed allows you to quickly adjust the brightness, contrast, white balance and more. You can also crop and straighten images with it.

You can choose from lots of different photo filters and edit all of those filters to fine-tune the look of your photo to just how you want it. The app also saves the photo in its original resolution.

photo taken using htc one edited using snapseed

Instagram

Now you can’t talk about photography apps for Android without mentioning Instagram!

editing photo taken using the htc one on instagram

Love it or hate it, Instagram is a quick and easy photo editing app that allows you to apply some very nice, vintage-looking filters to photos and then share those photos with everyone on Instagram. If you tag photos that you’ve taken with your HTC One series phone with #HTCOne or whatever one series phone you have and @HTC, your photo might get shared on HTC’s Instagram feed!

before and after photo taken with htc one edited in instagram

Flickr

Flickr is a brilliant photo sharing community that allows you to share your photos that you’ve taken with your One with a whole community of avid photographers and then they can comment on your work (I’m on there too!).

The Flickr app for Android is brilliant and free! Not only does it allow you to upload up to 1TB of photos for free, but they’ve also incorporated the Aviary image editor for Android in to the app, so you can do some quick retouching before you upload your photo.

Edit and organize photos using flickr for android on htc one

With Flickr and your HTC One, you can store approximately 873,813 full resolution photos that you’ve shot with your One, and you can select the privacy settings of the photos before you upload them, so you can choose who views your photos!

While you’re there, don’t forget to join the HTC One Users Group on Flickr and see the world through other HTC One photographers.

Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch is the touch-screen and optimized-for-phone version of Adobe Photoshop. Its editing powers go far beyond those found in Snapseed, but it takes longer to edit photos in Photoshop Touch than it does Snapseed.

Photoshop Touch

You can change everything from the brightness and contrast of your shot to using the heal tool to get rid of any unwanted things in a photo, like a power pylon or a sign. Photoshop Touch also allows you to work on multiple layers, so you can have greater creative control over your mobile photo editing!

Photoshop Touch Screenshot

Now unlike the other apps that I have featured, sadly Photoshop Touch isn’t free, it’s £2.99 ($4.99), but it’s definitely worth the money!

Google Drive for Photo Backup

Backing your photos up through Google Drive is a great app that comes with your HTC One, One mini, and One max and what it does is backup every photo you take. The backup is accessible via your Google+ and it uses your Google Drive storage. (Hat tip: you get an extra 25GB storage on Google Drive with the One and 50GB with the One max. Here’s how to activate the storage on the HTC One max and all the details on the Google Drive offer for HTC devices.)

G+ Photo Backup

This service is particularly good for those of you who constantly change ROM’s but don’t want to lose your photos, as when you sign in with the Google account that the backup is associated with, you’ll be able to access all you previously backed up photos and will be able to backup any further photos you take.

This app is free, but if it fills up all of your free Google Drive space, you’ll have to start paying for extra storage.

These are my favourite photography apps that I use on my HTC One. What are your favourite photography apps?

All photos in this post are taken on the HTC One.

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Unleash Your Creativity With HTC Scribble

Whether you want to get creative or need to be productive, the all-new HTC Scribble app has something for you.

Scribble

Start your personal project on a blank canvas or get a head start by using one of the ready-made templates. Create photo blogs, personal diaries, or greeting cards complete with audio recordings and graphics (you can even insert HTC Zoe™ photos).

You can also draw, add text, or insert stickers. After you’re done, let your friends enjoy your creation through one of the sharing options.

HTC Scribble has debuted on the HTC One max and will be part of the HTC Sense 5.5 update rolling out to select devices soon. To learn more about HTC Scribble, check out the video below.

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Five Favorite Transit Apps on Android

You’re at Point A (congrats!), but you’re supposed to be at Point B.

Whether playing tourist in a new city or embarking on your daily commute, nothing’s got your urban-navigating back like your trusty smartphone and it’s wide array of travel-assisting applications.

Before diving headlong into the infinity of code and color that is the Google Play Store, try out a few of our favorite Transit Apps, all wonderfully engineered to help you find your way.   

It would seem a bit odd to not top our list with the most aptly named Transit App, The Transit App. Montréal to Milwaukee, Paris to Portland—no matter where you find (or have lost) yourself, click on Transit to quickly find out all of the upcoming departures for the public transit routes nearby. This App also features a Trip Planner element to help chart your path to righteousness.

The Transit App on Android

Uber

If you haven’t hailed a hipster cab yet, now’s the time to give Uber a try. 50 cities and 20 countries worth of private taxis and drivers awaits with most arriving to your exact spot before your matcha latte can begin to de-foam. Gone are the days of long taxi lines and rushing busy streets to wave your arm at a sea of yellow motors. Plus, link it to your Google Wallet account for a quick, cash- and card-less payment option for your ride.

Uber App on Android

We had to give the local upstarts a nod. Faithfully aiding our daily Seattle bus rides is the quick and reliable OneBusAway App. You enter a bus stop that you’re looking to get to, and OBA shows you what buses are coming and when. Simple, right? For time-crunched Northwest commuters, it’s pretty much a must-have.  Now available in four regions in the US: Atlanta, New York, Puget Sound (Seattle), and Tampa.

OneBusAway App on Android

If there’s one thing we learned growing up, it’s to always hop into a car with a mustache. Lyft’s trademark pink mustache over the front grills may look a bit funny, but from your very first ride, you’ll be amazed at the ease, quickness and incredibly friendly nature of the trip, captained by some truly welcoming and funny folks in your city. Local, peer-to-peer based transit is on the rise, and Lyft is leading the way towards a happier, speedier, furrier future for your voyages. You can hop in a Lyft car in nineteen cities across the US.

Lyft Android App

Don’t leave home without it. Pre-installed on all HTC devices, Google Maps is the fastest and easiest way to get your fine-looking backside from Point A to Point B (and maybe even a quick dip over to Point Z). Whether sitting in your car, cruising on your bicycle, or grooving along by the count of your pedometer, tell Google Maps where you want to go, and it will get you there. To top it off, the turn-by-turn directions are the best we’ve seen (…Re-Calculating…).

Google Maps Android App

What are your favorite transit apps?