Adobe killing off Photoshop Touch, teases more powerful capabilities with Project Rigel

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Adobe is discontinuing Photoshop Touch mobile apps for iOS and Android. The company announced the move Friday as part of a strategy to focus on more desktop-style editing capabilities with other mobile apps.

The phone-friendly versions are still available for $5, while the tablet-optmized editions are $10 in the App Store and Google Play. Adobe says you’ll be able to buy them until May 28. 

While you won’t get any updates, the apps will work on your devices for as long as you keep them installed. Adobe has a support guide with further details about the transition.

Adobe says the apps are going away in order to focus on Project Rigel, which is an effort to bring more robust editing capabilities to mobile devices. As an example, Adobe offers a video that demonstrates advanced, nondestructive correction edits.

The story behind the story: Adobe is trying to reposition itself for a more mobile-and cloud-centric computing environment. It’s working on a solution for Chromebooks that would bring desktop-type capabilities to the web-based OS. For mobile users, Adobe says you can find a wider range of capabilities with the current Creative Cloud suite of mobile apps, which includes Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, Color CC, Brush CC, and Comp CC.

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