After buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion, another Yahoo property is getting a revamp. Flickr, the photo sharing website, has received a major redesign with a brand new experience that centres around your photos. As well, it will be giving all of its free users one terrabyte of storage for free.
Yes, one freaking terrabyte. Enough to store at least 500,000 high resolution images on the service – and now also longer video. Flickr will now also let users upload 3 minutes of video in 1080p full HD quality.
“Photos tell the stories — stories we’re inspired to relive, share with our friends, or capture simply to express ourselves. Collecting these moments is a part of our everyday,” Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, wrote on a Tumblr post.
The homepage will now feature what Flickr has to offer, seeing all the recent uploads from your friends in a large format. The photostream will simply be an endless scroll of your photos that you have uploaded, and sets will feature a thumbnail of an image that can tell “an even more beautiful story”.
Android users will be delighted to hear that there is a brand new update to the Flickr app. “We designed it with your needs in mind: how you interact, how you share, and how you view photos when you’re on the go,” according to Flickr’s Markus Spiering. The app lets you pretty much do what the iOS app does – maintain your photos in its original quality so you can capture, edit, share and view them on your phone or tablet.
For pro users – given there is not much of a storage limitation any more, the main reason why you go pro is the number of sets can be created, statistics and having an ad-free experience. However, given it’s still $30 a year for Flickr Pro – there’s not much reason in keeping it if the main reason was the storage.
The new moves by Flickr is to be the place to visit for high-quality photography – either taken using a proper camera or with your phone (some smartphone cameras can rival average day-to-day cameras, like the iPhone). It is to ensure that those photographers don’t move on to services like Instagram to share their photos on.
The new changes are available now to all users.