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Developing iOS or Android Photo apps are an Art

Photography is something people find joy in shooting and editing photos. Now, clicking pictures and uploading them in social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sets a trend. For this reason, the Photos app is one noteworthy arena to be focused on.

Much like the professionals, people have started clicking, editing and organizing photos by themselves through mobile apps. In this article, we will try to give you some insights on the various type of mobile apps that comes under photo category and the complexity that involves in designing apps for photos.

The Photos app involves image correction, enhancement and a lot many capabilities. These apps have made easier for users to enjoy photography. However, photo and video app development is more like a hard nut to crack.

mobile app development

If you are planning to build a photo and video app for your business, let’s take a closer look at the types of app you can make around photos. It can be divided into seven categories, and they are:-

  1. Photo clicking app
  2. Photo editing app
  3. Photo sharing app
  4. Photo printing app
  5. Photo organizing app
  6. Photo story/album app
  7. Combination of all or any few from above

So, what do you think of the above app categories? If you are assuming that developing these apps are easy and simple, you are wrong. It may seem easy and simple, however, other than the photo sharing app, photo printing app, photo organizing app and photo story/album app that involves working on the file level, the first two categories i.e., the photo clicking and editing app are too complex. There is a huge difference in between working at the file level and the image level.

In photo and video app development, when it’s about image editing, camera effects, or predefined image filter, we have to work on pixel data. We design the images at the pixel level. We have frameworks for that such as “core graphics” or “cocoa touch”, although, working on the pixel level of an image is an entirely different scope of work than developing a regular mobile app.

For this, we need to understand the depth of image processing. Either we work on Android Photo apps or Photo Apps for iPhone, image processing science will remain same. As we all know, iOS apps are written either in Objective-C or swift and Android apps are mostly in Java, we have a variety of SDK’s to work on image processing.

image processing

In this view you will see, the difficult part of the image processing is working on image data itself, and not the SDK’s learning.

Basically, working on image processing for any photo/video related app is not about its color, frame, filters or any of these shiny things, it’s all about the hardcore mathematics, terrible maths. Isn’t it? Probably, that’s one of the reasons we have very limited image processing apps in the app market. Anyhow, if you want to validate my point just search for image processing apps in the app store and you will get my crux.

Hence, these apps take more time to get developed. In order to develop a mobile photo or video app, we need to divide the work in various parts such as:

  1. Image Source: Camera/Upload/Social
  2. Effect Level: Camera(Realtime-It’s a different process and take more time), Photo Editing
  3. Editing: Filters, Stickers, Effects
  4. Saving: Mobile Storage/Cloud
  5. Sharing: Social/Cloud
  6. Backend

The most time-taking part of the photo and video app development is its effects and filters, which takes around 30-50 hrs for each effect or filter.

If you are planning to work on such project, make sure you have made the right choice. You need an excellent team and most logical developers who understand the mathematics behind image processing (Wiki link). At Riktam, we have our own team who have proven expertise in this genre. Reply in the below comment section or you can contact us for any further information.

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