One of the first things I did after setting up my new Galaxy was to check out the photo apps available on Android. Of all my friends’ reservations about THE MOVE, this was the one that came up the most. It was a bit like going to a party and looking around the room for familiar faces. Ah Snapseed old chum, good to see you! But there’s something different about you, Snap. Like you’ve got your tie on too tight. Oh right, you downsized on Android. Can you get pills for that? OK, but you’ve got more energy. That’s nice.
Other friendly faces in the crowd were Touch Retouch (thank god you’re here!), Pro HDR (useful given the native camera’s lack of exposure control), Instagram (he gets everywhere), Flickr (looking as full res as ever), Pixlr-o-matic and PS Touch. I’d recently had a mild flirtation on iOS with this last app, but she was so tetchy. We had some good times, but also quite heated arguments. She’s a complex character but I think part of the problem with our relationship was lack of space. With the extra space on Galaxy, I’m hoping we can pick up where we left off and get on a whole lot better together.
But some of my closest app friends were sadly missing. For advanced functions, PS Touch may have to fill the void left by Filterstorm. The (Photo) Wizard was conspicuous by his absence – I love that guy – as was my old friend Image Blender. And that slightly weird but loveable maverick, Slow Shutter Cam, was never going to turn up. He probably got the wrong address. Perhaps worst of all, the Hipsta didn’t make it. But someone said his younger sister, Oggl, was definitely going to show up later.
But going to a party is about meeting new people too. Some of these guys look a bit geeky but you never know what they might be able to do. And I don’t want to seem too callous about it, but I’m sure I can get a lot of the things I used to get from my old friends from my new ones. Squaready (he’s so square) wasn’t there but I met a guy called Photo Squarer who reckoned he can do everything Eddy used to do. I’ve just got to break the ice and get to know them a bit. And it’s still only 9pm: I’m sure some of usual crowd will be turning up fashionably late. And you never know Snap might even loosen his tie.
‘Not many at the Android party’ – ©Richard Gray