Yahoo-owned Flickr, a mainstay of online picture-sharing services for many years, today launched a redesigned website and Android app, alongside an announcement that all users will now get 1 TB of space in which to store their photos.
The new website puts a greater focus on photos and does away with the traditional (read: old) uniform grid spacing. It shows you larger previews of images and doesn’t constraining them into the square grids of yesteryear. Public profile pages have been given an overhaul, too – they’re now not-dissimilar to Instgram‘s web profiles, introduced by the Facebook-owned competitor a few months ago.
Similarly, the company’s Android app has seen a redesign which should put it in the running for James‘ new Beautiful Android series, aping many of the website’s new layout in an Android-native application. The new UI is not entirely compliant with Android’s design guidelines, but works well nonetheless.
Flickr’s offer of 1 TB free space is an appealing one, especially when compared to services like Dropbox or Google Drive, where the space offered is measured in tens of GB’s. Many features and benefits that used to be limited to Pro users are now available to the public, and while most users will likely never notice them missing, you can still upgrade to an Ad-Free or Doublr account for a yearly cost.
The app’s sliding panels design is pleasant to use – it’s very snappy and responsive, and lets you drill right down to a photo’s EXIF data, just like the web interface. A neat touch is the app automatically loading a higher resolution image when you zoom in, cutting down on excess data usage until you need it. It would be nice to see it use the new Navigation Drawer standard, but that’s only a few days old now – we’ll take what we can get.
There’s still room for Flickr to expand the products on offer. Rather than performing Google+-, Facebook– or Dropbox-style automatic upload / backup service for all of your pictures (especially with the new 1 TB storage limit), it remains a curated service where you upload only the images you want. The app also uses nonstandard – but not unpleasant – interfaces for its selectors and menus, picking images to upload and sharing pictures (while that last one’s actually a serious offence in the Android world, it seems likely it’s a result of choices made by the owners of the picture).
Overall, it’s a solid update for Flickr and the bonus storage should help the service continue to claw back its way back to relevance in a market that had, until very recently, started to forget it.
Do you use Flickr in preference to other image sharing applications? Will these new features entice you back, or keep you happy? Let us know in the comments!