Up to this point, Adobe has largely favored iOS over Google's Android operating system with reference to its photo editing tools. That has all since changed as Adobe recently released four Creative Cloud apps to the Google Play store: Photoshop Mix, Brush CC, Color CC and Shape CC.

Photoshop Mix is Adobe's general workhorse that replaces Photoshop Touch. With it, Android smartphone and tablet users will be able to perform basic non-destructive editing tasks like combining images, changing colors and contrast levels, apply preset filters and more.

Brush CC allows both beginners and professional users to turn their photos or graphics into brushes that can be used in Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC. Adobe Color CC, predictably, lets app users create color palettes by sampling colors in a scene for use in desktop apps like Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. Shape CC converts images into vector graphics for Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC.

The apps are also available on iOS where you'll find them free of charge (ditto for the Google Play store). And for those interested, Adobe also released Hue CC and Preview CC for iOS.

The apps are part of Adobe's revised approach to mobile. Instead of trying to cram everything into a single app, the company is now content to develop dedicated, job-specific apps that focus on just one or perhaps a few Creative Cloud tasks.