New Flickr App Is a Full-Fledged Mobile App


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Smartphone photographers may want to consider getting the new Flickr app. Flickr no longer has the novelty of being the new photo-sharing website it was a decade ago. In this age of photography apps being its own category, the elder photo platform has some serious benefits in its newest incarnation. The catch is that users need a Yahoo account to access Flickr.

Flickr’s Version 3.0 comes with bells and whistles that include filters, advanced editing tools, and an auto-upload feature. One major change is that Flickr now includes the metadata, information about when the photo was taken and the camera’s settings, on the mobile version. Also up to 30 seconds of high-definition video may be uploaded using the mobile app.

This new version Flickr also has some style changes. The new layout resembles the newly launched Yahoo Food in the way photos are arranged on the pages of the app. It looks a little like Instagram too in that the new redesign is a full-fledged photography app as opposed to the watered-down mobile version it was previously.

While the filters and editing tools are pretty ordinary for a photography app, the automatic upload feature can be pretty useful, considering how much storage is available on Flickr. Flickr users receive 1,000 gigabytes or about 1 terabyte of space to store photos. Flickr’s blog post on the upgrade said that much space is enough room for roughly 500,000 photos, which is more than a smartphone can store and without doling out the cash for an external hard drive to back-up photos. It looks like a good option of a place to store photos when a smartphone or tablet begins to run out of space due to a combination of photos and apps.

Flickr is offering users more storage space than Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud for photos. Considering most smartphones offer 32 or less gigabytes of storage, a free 1,000 gigabytes of storage seems a pretty good offer to users.

Flickr was the original mainstream social photo platform. It was founded in 2004, the same year that Facebook got started. Today, Flickr is part of Yahoo. It purchased the photo platform in 2006 and integrated it into Yahoo as its photo hub. Since then, a host of other photo-sharing platforms have emerged, including Facebook-owned Instagram, increasing competition for Flickr.

Currently the Flickr app appears as No. 24 on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store chart of top free photo and video apps. It does not make an appearance on the top free apps list. On Google Play, it is similarly one of the top free photo apps that does not appear on the top app charts. It is only available for Apple and Android devices currently.

Flickr is the latest Yahoo product to get rebranded under CEO Marissa Mayer, who is trying to make Flickr cool again. This version of the app has the potential to help with that.

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