Google buys Nik Software, Snapseed

It was announced today that Google has purchased San Diego-based software developer Nik Software for an undisclosed amount. The 17 year old company is the developer of Snapseed for iPhone and iPad ( Snapseed - Nik Software, Inc. ) as well as other Windows and Mac photo software.

Nik Software announced the sale on their blog today. “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. 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.”

Snapseed is a very powerful image editing app for iOS that’s particularly popular among serious iPhonegraphers. Snapseed is available for Mac and Windows platforms as well. To date, there is no version for Android. Google also owns Picasa, an online image organizer and viewer with basic image editing capabilities.

At this time, no terms have been disclosed and both Nik and Google have released no information about the fate of Snapseed and Nik’s suite of photo apps.