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Ice Cream Sandwich rumored to include photo-editing tools

Early indications suggest that Google is building in photo-editing tools at a platform level.

Ice Cream Sandwich to feature native support for photo editing.

We're less than 48 hours away from finding out for certain, but it looks as though Ice Cream Sandwich will feature photo-editing tools at the platform level.

If a number of uncovered camera icons are to be believed, the next build of Android could make it much easier to touch up photos. AndroidPolice, who initially discovered these icons, indicates that users will have the ability to perform standard editing techniques and apply effects to pictures without the need to download additional software.

Currently, Android users must rely on applications such as Picplz, Photoshop, or Color Touch Effects if they wish to enhance photos. Many of Android's apps then allow the user to share the images across social networking sites, e-mail, and other avenues once finished editing.

It's unclear how smart or effective the rumored built-in tool will be, but I suspect existing Android customers will stick to their favorite apps. New buyers, on the other hand, may be content with integrated features, especially if they are easy to work with.

CNET will have full coverage of the Ice Cream Sandwich event, so tune in on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT to get all the juicy details.