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It seems like Yahoo is really trying to make waves lately with new-ish CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm. Not a day after announcing its acquisition of Tumblr, the company's other vowel-deficient service is getting a makeover, and that includes a new Android app. Flickr, that photo-sharing site of yesteryear, has been updated in Google Play with a new interface. Don't let the old Google Play screenshots fool you – the app has been totally redesigned to match the new desktop site.

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The photostreams are now made up of large tiles set against a dark background. There is a slide-out navigation menu and a new interface for applying filters to pictures. It doesn't quite follow the Holo guidelines, but the UI is perfectly nice anyway. It's also stupid-fast and responsive on my devices. There is no landscape mode, though. That's an odd choice. Yahoo will likely fix the screenshots in Play soon, so here's the old look for comparison:

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The Yahoo blog post (on Tumblr, of course) also points out that Flickr users now get 1TB of photo storage by default, which is awesome. However, I can't see any option in the app to have pictures automatically uploaded to Flickr when you take them (like both Dropbox and Google+). With all that storage, automatic uploads would be pretty compelling.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    Without landscape support the app is still useless for me on my Nexus 10, however much nicer it looks now.

  • Daniel McKenzie J.

    Who uses Flikr? I sure don't and never will.

    • Aymen Fadhel

      Now with the free 1Tb of storage I bet that many people will start using it.

    • Jayayess1190

      I do.

      • Richard …

        I did. I wont any more. It's a f*cking disaster for anyone that's serious about photography. And throwing away Flickr's USP and aiming it at the 18-30 social networking market won't work from a business model perspective either. There are now 215 pages of nearly all negative comments on Flickr's forum for this - that's more than 21,000 complaints. Mayer is potentially the worst CEO I've ever seen in terms of her massive misjudgements and arrogance towards to customers. Even ignoring what they've done to flickr do you really think they'll monetise Tumblr enough from ad revenues to amortise the 1bn $ price?

    • Chris

      I do and many more do. I know it can be shocking to know people use services that you don't but thats the case with the real world.

  • Krisztián Kelemen

    does twitter connect work for anyone? i cannot seem to post in twitter, as it says it's connected, then returning to the previous state it looks untouched :S

    • Krisztián Kelemen

      yeah, i asked something, and instead of an answer got 2 downvotes... thx really

  • SxperiaS

    To the author

    Flickr is, in my opinion suppose to be a place where amateurs, pros and so on of photography show their best photos. Therefore i don't think auto upload would make much sense.

    • nicereddy

      Instant uploads default as private and then users can choose which they like the best to showcase. I doubt many people have 1TB of their "best photos".

      • Chris

        no one does. no phone or mobile device has 1TB of storage, let alone 32GB worth. (unless you count apple devices with their 64 and the ipads 128GB options)

        • nicereddy

          Lots of professional photographers have TB+ hard drives full of images, they're just not all high quality.

          • Chris

            This is about instant uploads and I dobut "professional photographers" will be using smartphones to take their photos. It would be a DSLR.

      • Rob

        My uploads yesterday for the first time had public setting as default.

    • Chris

      and whats the diference from this and auto upload on facebook or drop box?

      • Freak4Dell

        His point is that photographers (pro or amateur) tend to not upload their photos right away. They like to go through them, edit, and then upload. Most photographers don't use their phones to take pictures, anyway. Auto-upload is mostly for backing up photos from mobile devices (although it's also real convenient for quick sharing), but since Flickr is targeted towards a different demographic, it's not really a necessary feature.

        • Chris

          Right. That's what I've been saying. We are talking about the auto uploading on the app. Not about photographers.
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        • SxperiaS

          My point exactly, thank you

  • http://www.mikestenger.com/ Mike Stenger

    With Yahoo also owning Tumblr now which has a sizeable "adult" audience, I wonder if this increased storage will factor into an increased number of NSFW content being uploaded :-)

    • Chris

      no doubt.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Holy 1TB batman!

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    I would love to see instant upload. Choose the ones I want to share, and the others in my private folder or photostream. It would be awesome for pro-photographer to take a lot of photos and choose what they want.

  • Chris

    Still iffy on the redesign. It will take time getting used too. both the site and app design were dated no dobut but did the job. but is this really the answer? time will only tell.

    I've been using flickr since 2005/2006 when I had digital photography class in high school. Created my own account back in late 2007. Currently a pro user, but with those going away not sure what to do next...

  • flimsy888

    You can auto upload to flickr with sense 5

    • Chris

      you could since sense 2 i believe.

  • David Spivey

    I'm surprised that most people don't try to get a third party software to do what they want if the first-party software doesn't. I realize it's nice to have first-party support, but as large as the Play Store is, there's probably someone who has made an app to do exactly what you want. A prime example is the "Instant Upload" feature everyone here seems to want. There's an app (one of many) that does just that to flickr: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rafali.flickruploader

  • icyrock1

    So what happens to those of us who had the now gone 'pro' version?

    • http://twitter.com/artesea Ryan Cullen

      Pro is still there if you have it already. Unless you have 1TB+ of photos not sure $25 for stats is worth it.

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    WOW... Flickr can't install in my country.

  • kpjimmy

    Dag gone it! I just signed up for the 1 TB service on google! LOL Welp now I have a free one as well. :)

  • WHO?

    People like to compare Google+ with the other uploading services. Google+ does not share pics through there native app outside the ecosystem. Who wants to share pictures just on google+!! Im surprised more people don't complain about thee way Google does things.

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