Adobe is bringing Ultra HDR image editing support to Lightroom mobile for Android just in time for Android 14.
This new image format, which Android 14 embraces, is poised to revolutionize the way our smartphone photos appear.
By enabling edits in Lightroom, this update empowers discerning smartphone photographers with greater control over their final images.
However, it's important to note that most people won't yet have the opportunity to fully appreciate the results on their own devices.
The HDR support comes with the release of Adobe Lightroom mobile for Android version 9.0.0 and is currently compatible with the Pixel 7, 7 Pro, and 7A running Android 14.
Once you activate the option to import HDR photos in the settings, you'll notice a new HDR icon in the upper right corner when editing such images.
For users with access to HDR editing, adjustments can be made as usual, and there's an option to toggle on a preview for SDR displays.
This is critical because once the photo leaves your phone, it will most likely be viewed as an SDR image.
To fully appreciate HDR content, you need both an HDR display,
like those offered by recent flagships such as the Pixel 8 and iPhone 15 series, and an app that supports HDR images.