Google just acquired Nik Software, the creator of the popular iOS app Snapseed. It’s a clear response to Facebook’s decision to acquire Instagram, although neither Google nor Nik Software disclosed how much the search giant paid. Like Instagram, Snapseed,which costs $4.99, allows users to tweak and edit photos before sharing them with friends. Nik Software also offers a Snapseed desktop application that runs on Mac and Windows-powered machines.
“We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools,” Nik Software posted on its blog this morning. “We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures. We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.”
We’re guessing we’ll see Snapseed’s tools built into Android and possibly Google+ in the future.