Roughly three months after being introduced to the world during this year’s SXSW, Android Market’s latest head honcho in the photography category has finally shed its beta tag. Lightbox Photos for Android is now available at the Android Market for free. The developers don’t seem to have made any noticeable changes to the app since our review of its private beta. You can snap photos, apply photo filters, geotag and share photos over social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare), view photos from your social media accounts, major image hosting services and news networks, all through the same elegant user interface that governed the beta version.
Haven’t heard of Lightbox Photos? Dubbed ‘The Connected Camera’, Lightbox is basically an Instagram-like mobile camera and gallery app that offers several effects and filters for you to enhance and modify your photos quickly, before sharing them with your friends and family.
The app automatically syncs with and downloads photos from mentioned networks/services, your Lightbox and social media accounts after regular intervals, allowing you to view them later without an active internet connection. This feature in particular, along with the aforementioned, makes Lightbox one of the best photo sharing, viewing and styling suites out there and an excellent replacement for both the stock camera and gallery application.
Does this update bring Lightbox up to par with Instagram? We would have loved to say yes but sadly, that isn’t the case. While Lightbox is as solid as they come when it comes to other features, it still has a long way to go before it can rival Instagram when it comes to the included photo filters, as the ones offered by Instagram are clearly unmatched by anything else we’ve seen so far.
Despite that, due to its decent interface and feature set, it is already one of our favorite apps from the genre. The following demo (featured on the app’s Android Market page) shows the app in action.
You can grab the app for free from the Android Market via the provided link or QR code.
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Update: In case you haven’t heard the news yet, the company behind Lightbox Photos has been acquired by Facebook. It appears that Facebook has plans for integrating it into the Photos section of their own service and its mobile apps, and have no plans on continuing to provide it as a standalone app. They have removed the app from Play Store since the acquisition.