There has been a significant rush of positive news around Adobe mobile apps and Android recently. So much news that I have decided to just lump it all into this one post.
Android Mobile Apps
I’ve been highly, highly critical of Adobe over the past few years when it comes to their mobile strategy and choice of supported platform [singular]. Many of the reasons as outlined here, are historical. Many others – perhaps more – just simply make sense when looking at the current mobile landscape and the growing Creative Cloud adoption rates.
Well Adobe has been working on Android support (as you can see in the above image) and they are actually doing it really well. 2015 is the year of a truly fair and cross-platform Creative Cloud in all respects. Congratulations, Adobe – and thank you for listening to us Android users!
We’re working hard to develop Android phone support for some of our most popular apps. But we want to do it right, in a way that complements the strengths of the Android user experience and design. While we can’t offer specific release dates, you should expect to see the first of these apps starting in Summer 2015.
Read more over at http://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/what-about-android/
Android Mobile Apps Beta Program
Not only is Adobe working on bringing their Creative Cloud connected mobile apps to Android – but they are being pretty open about the beta process as well… which is just awesome! I cannot share images or videos of the apps in action, but I can invite you to join the beta program and try them out on your own Android devices.
Having used these apps on both an iPad Mini and Android Galaxy S4 and witnessed first-hand how all of this syncs up so beautifully across these devices and my Windows desktop and laptop machines using Creative Cloud Libraries… I urge everyone to take advantage of this openness and help Adobe make these apps as solid as possible – while showing them that Android users are creative too ;D
The Adobe Android beta program gives you access to the latest versions of several Adobe apps before the general release. Our goal with the beta program is to improve app performance, stability, and to gather feedback from users on how we can improve the apps.
Join the Android app beta program over at https://plus.google.com/communities/115649485021140879434
Finally: Photoshop Touch
This application has always been a bit of strange one, as it remained the only “touch app” from a host of mobile applications which started on Android when Kevin Lynch was still Adobe CTO. The new apps are all laser-focused, Creative Cloud connected, and direct… while Photoshop Touch remains a beast in a box. It just makes sense for Adobe to kill it so that resources can be allocated elsewhere (Android, anyone?) and I’m kind of surprised it took this long, actually.
When we introduced Photoshop Touch several years ago, it was an all-in-one solution that mirrored the desktop version of Photoshop. But today, we believe that our new mobile solutions, when connected together and to the desktop, vastly expand creative possibilities.
Adobe, again… thank you for listening!