Alongside the Tumblr acquisition, Yahoo is taking off the wraps on one of its earlier acquisitions. Image-sharing service Flickr gets a major hi-resolution makeover with a new app for Android users.
Flicking Through Your Pics
Yahoo might be all excited about its new billion dollar acquisition in the form of Tumblr, but Flickr, the social image sharing site it picked up back in 2005 for a mere $35 million, just one year after it was founded, is still a big part of the company's plans. Those plans have included updates to Yahoo's email service with a new email app and the acquisition of Summly for better search results.
Today's update being shown off by Yahoo includes a terabyte of storage for all users, for free, allowing them to store around half-a-million 7-megapixel photos, or 290,000 12-megapixel images. That means no more compression, small version uploads or other cop-outs. Images can be uploaded directly from smartphones or copied over from digital cameras.
Naturally there are updated apps, with the new Android version following the look of the recent iOS device edition. These help to show off all those lovely photos in neat grids with none of the text or fluff seen in older versions of Flickr. New users can sign up with Facebook, or create a new Yahoo account and reap the benefits of filters, photo correction and other benefits of the app.
Group Photo Opportunity
As with Tumblr, Flickr allows users to post photos with tags and groups, so that others can enjoy them, and search for particular themes. They can also be shared on other social media sites with the high-resolution version available on Flickr, so people don't have to squint to see what the image is about.
Perhaps in the future Tumblr and Flickr will see some level of higher integration, but for now, if you're not tied into Picasa's web albums or some other form of cloud storage, Flickr now offers a simple and free way to store gazillions of images on the web.