Sharper options for phone photos

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People are taking more photos than ever before, which would be a good thing, except that so many of the pictures are dreadful. And the smartphone boom has made matters worse.

Hardware and software makers are attacking the problem from multiple directions. Samsung Corp.’s newest Galaxy phone features a built-in, old-school point-and-shoot, big lens and all. And Sony Corp. now offers a lens-shaped digital camera that snaps onto the back of a standard smartphone.

Those who aren’t willing to spend hundreds on new hardware can fall back on advanced photo editing apps. I checked out a couple from Adobe Systems Inc. and Google Inc. that let shooters do sophisticated image editing right on the phone.

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