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Adobe adds Firefly generative AI features to new Express mobile app

The app is available in beta for free on iOS and Android devices, enabling mobile users to collaborate with desktop-based designers on the same projects again.

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Adobe Express on both a laptop and mobile device, displaying the same project graphic.

Adobe Express users can use the new mobile beta to collaborate with desktop Express users on the same projects.
 Image: Adobe

Adobe has released a new app for Adobe Express, its cloud-based mobile design platform, bringing the same creative, editing, and Firefly-powered generative AI features enjoyed by desktop users to iOS and Android devices. Available to try for free today in beta, the new Adobe Express app allows users to easily produce creative assets like social media posts, posters, and website banners, with Creative Cloud members able to access and edit Photoshop and Illustrator files directly within the mobile app.

The Adobe Express beta is a free download, with premium features like the Firefly-powered Generative Fill and Text to Image effects available at no additional cost while the app is in testing. Adobe hasn’t announced when it’ll be generally available, but those premium features will then be locked behind a subscription (starting at $9.99 per month), which will grant users full access to all Adobe Express tools across both desktop and mobile.

A mock-up of Adobe Firefly text to image generation in a mobile-friendly layout.
The new app beta lets you use the same Firefly generative AI tools as the desktop version of Adobe Express, such as Text to Image. Image: Adobe

The new Express mobile beta shares the same platform as the desktop version that was updated last year, which means collaborative workflows have been restored if you’re using the beta app — allowing teams to work together on the same creative projects across both desktop and mobile devices. Anyone still using the current Adobe Express mobile app won’t be able to use these features.

The processing for generative AI features is cloud-based rather than on the device itself, but not every smartphone is compatible with the new beta. You can find a list of supported devices here. The Adobe Express mobile app beta is available on the Google Play Store for Android, but iOS users will need to sign up here due to restrictions Apple places on the number of beta users.

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