May 21, 2013
Fresh off its acquisition of the popular social blogging platform Tumblr, Yahoo has just unveiled some major changes to its popular photo-sharing service whose name also happens to be missing a vowel, Flickr. Undoubtedly the most notable and noticeable change is the brand new look and feel of Flickr on the Web, which is simply spectacular. Or as the Flickr team puts it, "Spectaculr." The redesign includes a new photo stream and a new set gallery that both feature seamless layouts and make for appealing showcases of high-resolution photos. Also included is a new slideshow mode that allows for elegant and hands-free image viewing. Another notable development is the issuance of 1TB of free storage space to every Flickr user. The Flickr team notes in its official blog:
At Flickr, we believe you should share all your images in full resolution, so life’s moments can be relived in their original quality. No limited pixels, no cramped formats, no memories that fall flat. We’re giving your photos room to breathe, and you the space to upload a dizzying number of photos and videos, for free. Just how big is a terabyte? Well, you could take a photo every hour for forty years without filling one.And to help you fill your newly super-sized storage space, Flickr now also lets you upload up to three minutes per video of 1080p HD quality. Finally, Flickr has also announced its redesigned app for Android, which is available now in the Google Play Store. Flickr acknowledges, though, that it "took the first big step to send Flickr wherever you go" with the release of its revamped iOS app last December. According to Yahoo, since its redesign, the iPhone-optimized Flickr app has led to a 25 percent increase in iOS usage in terms of photos uploaded and photos viewed. The Flickr iOS app has had three updates since its redesign, with the last one adding hashtag support in March.