Yahoo redesigns Flickr, adds 1 terabyte of free storage and more

By on May 21, 2013, 9:57 AM
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Hot on the heels of Yahoo spending a whopping $1.1 billion on Tumblr, the company has just released a huge update to Flickr. And to go along with the completely redesigned look and feel of the photo service, it is also greatly expanding the storage offered to users, up to a whopping one terabyte.

Yahoo was quick to point out that no other service offers this much free storage. That's enough to store over 500,000 pictures, so even the biggest photography junkies will be hard pressed to actually fill all that space.

Flickr's user interface is much more visual after yesterday's tweak, with a redesigned grid layout and fewer text to keep the focus on images. Overall it makes for a more pleasant experience. Each photo has handy share buttons where users can post them to their favorite social networks, newly purchased Tumblr included.

There's also a new slideshow feature that displays the most spectacular Flickr photos from any user in full-screen, which will help people kill time and do some exploring.

Aside from a visual refresh on desktops, Yahoo has also launched a big update to its Flickr app on Android. The new version essentially brings it up to par with the recent iOS release which has reportedly already prompted a huge jump in uploads.

It remains to be seen just how Flick and Tumblr will work together going forward. Both services are not making Yahoo much in terms of revenue, which is an obvious hurdle for the company to deal with.




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Arris Arris said:

I couldn't upload an image because I had the old site's cached design. Had to clear my cache before the new design showed up and allowed me to upload again. To be honest I liked it before as it was clear and ordered for browsing images. Now it's too much like a silly windows phone live title UI. Don't like it.

About to take a look at the new Flickr app for Android. I'd stopped using the old one and switched to Glimmr instead as it was considerably better. I'm guessing it's just going to be the same as the updated iOS one.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

This should be (or should have been) a huge move to revive Flickr, after all 1TB of free storage is like when Gmail offered a free gigabyte of email space and broke Hotmail's piss poor 5 megabytes.

Unfortunately it seems Yahoo's execution is falling short in a number of ways, particularly with Pro accounts which photographers and Flickr's most loyal users have been paying for, they are not getting the storage extension and are given the option to go free but lose features.

Guest said:

I stopped using Yahoo ever since they gave the Chinese government access to the accounts of some users. YAHOO CANNOT EVER BE TRUSTED AGAIN!!!

Guest said:

Don't forget Microsoft gave the Chinese government access to the accounts of some users too!

JC713 JC713 said:

This should be (or should have been) a huge move to revive Flickr, after all 1TB of free storage is like when Gmail offered a free gigabyte of email space and broke Hotmail's piss poor 5 megabytes.

Unfortunately it seems Yahoo's execution is falling short in a number of ways, particularly with Pro accounts which photographers and Flickr's most loyal users have been paying for, they are not getting the storage extension and are given the option to go free but lose features.

Yeah, 50 bucks for removing ads? No thanks.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

I stopped using Yahoo ever since they gave the Chinese government access to the accounts of some users. YAHOO CANNOT EVER BE TRUSTED AGAIN!!!

The internet itself can't be trusted, but here we are still using it lol

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