Adobe’s new Lightroom Mobile for Android phones works almost the same as the iPhone app
It makes sense that Adobe has tackled the most accessible category of its Creative Cloud apps first: While the $9.99-per-month photography plan directly targets photographers with the lowest priced subscription, Lightroom is the only Creative Cloud app that can still be purchased as a perpetual license. And with Lightroom Mobile as a service-based adjunct to the desktop app, it’s critical that Android users get equal time.
Whereas the mobile Lightroom iOS version debuted on the iPad and then migrated to the iPhone, for Android, Adobe has taken the opposite tack. It’s unclear when an Android tablet version will be released (or, for that matter, when Lightroom 6 will be making an appearance), but Adobe assured TNW that Android tablets are indeed on the roadmap.
Android phones span a large range of sizes, but I can only speak about the one I own, which is roughly the size of the iPhone 6. Using Lightroom on the phone is obviously more of a challenge than on a tablet because of the limited screen real estate. Everything is compressed and crowded, but if your Android handset is the camera you always have with you, then you’ll appreciate that Lightroom got to your phone first.