The word selfie started to be used in 2002 as a short version of the self-portrait. It shouldn’t surprise you much to learn that the inventors of “sunnies”, “traino” and “breakie” were the same who came up with “selfie”. That’s right; I’m talking about Australians – they are responsible for the birth of this word, as it first appeared on an Internet forum in Australia.
Since that moment on, “selfie” gained a lot of popularity. Part of the reason why this happened has to do with the increasing number of social networks users. Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat are just a few examples of where one could share a self-taken photo.
Some mobile companies came up with innovative ideas for their Selfie smartphones to make it easier to take a good selfie, but what if a smartphone’s camera is just not enough? Looking for the perfect selfie apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows? You’ve come right where you should’ve because this article is going to show you how to fix skin blemishes, remove blurriness and improve lightning on your pictures with a few simple clicks.
Also known under the name “Everyday Photo Reminder, Picr is an iOS-only application. It can easily turn into a selfie journal as it reminds you to take a new picture of yourself every day and it’s especially helpful when you’re on a great trip or at a memorable event – you wouldn’t want to forget taking a selfie there.
If you want to make sure you don’t miss any special moment, you can set reminders for your sister’s wedding or that great concert you were planning to go to. Apart from that, the same app also lets you put together a video – this would be a short one with pictures of yourself from over a year.
The app comes in English, German and Chinese and its latest version – v1.4.1 – has been updated in May 2014. The requirements for installing it are iOS v7.0, Picr being compatible with most iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. In order to take advantage of an unlimited number of reminders, the Pro version of this app can be purchased on $2.99 from the iTunes Store.
FaceTune is a great iOS app for photo editing. Customer reviews show it can do some amazing work in terms of removing blemishes. Although not free – it comes at $3.67 – this tool is very user-friendly and comes with guidance in English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian.
It also only requires iOS v6.0 and is compatible not only with the iPhone 5 and 5S, but also the 4 and 4S versions. All you need to do to start doing magic with FaceTune is open a photo you’d like to edit and start changing aspects of the skin textures while you’re removing yellowed teeth and other problems.
It’s been number 1 out of all photo and video applications in 127 countries from around the world, and that happened for a reason. The FaceTune app doesn’t only do the basics that all others do – it can also help you get rid of the dry-skin aspect or the redness that bothers you. As their brand’s slogan says, “Just swipe for perfect skin!”
Specially designed for Facebook use, this application has definitely been created with selfies in mind. It is free and works on all Android smartphones running on version 2.3.3 or a newer one while it comes with a range of impressive beautification filters.
Its last version – v1.46 – has just been updated in April 2014, and some of the impressive features it includes are: makeup and beautification effects, pastel themes and special quotes. It also adds blur and a lot of interesting frames while the advanced version comes with anti-shaking mode.
In addition to that, the Bright Camera app can be instantly connected to Instagram or Facebook to share your photo gallery with friends. Some of the phones it’s been tested on are Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4, HTC One X, HTC Evo 4G, LG Optimus, Nexus 4-7 and Sony Xperia U.
Perfect 365 looks like a very professional application that’s been adapted to suit both iOS and Android phones. It can help you augment any of your self-portraits in amazing ways – by removing many skin imperfections, applying makeup and getting a brand new hairstyle. Customers say the new hair feature is just great – you can experiment with all sorts of colors and styles.
The app is free and available in many languages, such as English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, as well as Russian and Korean. In terms of requirements, it only needs iOS v5.1.1 or later and works with Android v2.3.3.
It is reknown for its features, as it going into deep detail when it comes to personalizing your eyes, eyebrows, skin, teeth and lips. It also comes with advanced face detection which helps recognize when and where your face is placed in the picture. This way editing becomes easier. Then you can connect on Facebook, Twitter, Flick and many other available networks to share your results.
This BlackBerry application acts just like Photoshop would on your computer, just that it’s far easier to use – directly on your mobile device. It requires version 7.1 or a newer one of the BlackBerry OS, and it comes with a great selection of editing tools. These ones help you enhance the quality of your photos – color effects, frames, brightness and changing colors are some features it offers.
The contrast, saturation and hue can also be adjusted with just a few clicks, and red eyes are easy to remove. If you’d like to crop, resize or rotate a picture, Photo Studio does that for you. The only negative aspect of this tool is that it tends to be very basic, so there are no cool texts to add to your selfies.
However, there are a total of 29 image effects to choose from on the free version, and if you’d like to take advantage or even more options you’d have to pay a small amount for upgrades. If you’re planning to share photos, you can also connect to Instagram and other social media websites to instantly post selfies from your app.
Inovidea knows that selfies are all about adding a little spark to that photo. This is why PicMix makes it more interesting with plenty of frames to choose from. Apart from that feature, you can add interesting captions, as well as photo effect to make your selfies more appealing.
With the newest version, you can also share your location by adding a hashtag. Photos can be shared on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook directly from the app, and you’re free to enter any of the contests that tend to be organized every now and then on the platform.
This app is currently available for BlackBerry, Blackberry 10, Windows Phones and Android ones. It requires version 5 or above for BlackBerry, v2.2 in the case of Android and WP8 or later for Windows. The only supported language is English, but since it’s being used by clients from all over the world, more languages are planned to be added soon.
Designed to suit Windows phones running on Windows 8 or 8.1, the Nokia Glam Me comes with a feature called auto-selfie. This one lets you take a photo of yourself with the main camera instead of the rear one. It also automatically recognizes your face in the shot and helps you edits all photos.
It may not be a very complex tool, but it does the basic things you might be looking for. Glam Me lets you enhance or enlarge eyes, soften the picture, add toning effect to your skin and use special effects. Elegant, Fresh, Mind, Sweet, Magical and Violet are a few examples of available effects you could choose from.
While it is only compatible with Nokia Lumia devices and comes in English as its only supported language, this app is very user-friendly and simple to use. Apart from all that, it shows you before and after previews of the changes you’ve made and lets you share the results with your friends.
Aviary Photo Editor
The Photo Editor tool from Aviary works on Windows Phones, as well as iPhones and Android devices. It has been specially created for Windows 8.1, requires Android 2.3 to function and is suitable for iOS 7 or later. This is an advanced application, but it is free to download and comes with professional effects.
It lets you add and draw text on your photos, use funny stickers and change brightness, saturation, warmth and contrast. If you want to sharpen or blur your selfies, Photo Editor does the job. It behaves just like Picasa, at it also helps you rotate, crop and resize while you can add cosmetic effects – redeye removal, whitening teeth, removing blemishes.
The only supported language for Windows phones is English, but you can choose from Arabic, French, Dutch and many others if you own an iPhone, iPod or iPad. The accepted processors for phones using Windows are x64, x86 and ARM.