Photography app with 120 different camera filters
Retrica lets you take photos, edit images and create GIFs on your phone or tablet.
Retrica made its name as one of the most popular image apps for iPhone and iPad, and now, here’s an app for Android that seeks to recreate that success on this platform. The app lets you take photos using any of your device’s cameras. You can also create GIFs from the photos you take and all other images, and there are more than 80 filters that can be applied to your images.
The approach to filters used here is similar to Instagram. There does tend to be a focus on vintage aesthetics, which is where the name comes from. You’ll find many different styles suited to almost any color, including sepia, muted and black and white tones. Another neat aspect of the filter system is that you can apply them real-time. This lets you see the result before you commit, and when you don’t know what you want, trial and error can be a lot of fun.
The app also provides excellent integration with most popular social media services. Uploading your images to Facebook, Twitter and other sites is a breeze. There’s also features that turn your images into collages and videos to be enjoyed locally or on social media.
Retrica should work with all devices, and it does for the most part. It does have some problems with certain cameras on certain smartphones and tablets. Some users have had updates introduce issues, such as dark and zoomed-in images, that weren’t there before. All in all, the app is great however, and as the developers work through these minor issues, it should only get better.
- Photo app with numerous filters
- Apply filters in real-time
- Cam compatibility a work in progress
The grid feature added.
Date stamp bug fixed.
Potentially dangerous permissions
- ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access approximate location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION.
- ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
- CAMERA: Required to be able to access the camera device.
- READ_CONTACTS: Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- RECORD_AUDIO: Allows an application to record audio.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- BLUETOOTH: Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
- BLUETOOTH_ADMIN: Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices.
- BLUETOOTH_PRIVILEGED: Allows applications to pair bluetooth devices without user interaction, and to allow or disallow phonebook access or message access. This is not available to third party applications.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
- SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.