May 20th, 2013

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Yahoo made headlines this afternoon after they announced the purchase of the blogging/hipster porn site Tumblr for $1.1 billion. If you thought they’d need some time to lay down after all that big spending, they’re just getting started. Shortly after the Tumblr purchase, Yahoo made another announcement, this time with news about their dusty old photo hosting site, Flickr. Yup, Flickr, were you used to store all your 2MP jpegs back in middle-school. Well, they’re back and going all out with a new site redesign, new policies, and revamped mobile apps.

First off, let’s talk a little more about these “policy changes.” Make no mistake, Yahoo is gunning after Google and they aren’t pulling any punches. Flickr will now gladly store ALL of your photos (videos too, but only 3 minutes in length) for absolutely free. And that’s not even the best part. Whereas Google+ will only give you unlimited storage for photos up to 2048 resolution, Flickr will take all of them — no matter the resolution, absolutely any size, all the way up until 1TB. Yes, a full terabyte. While that normally wouldn’t sound too exciting (it being Flickr and all) keep in mind this is ain’t your grandpappy’s Flickr. Besides the website getting a major overhaul (go ahead and take a look at it. It’s flippin’ gorgeous), their Android app is getting similar treatment as well. Let’s take a look.

Flickr old vs new

Making the jump from what used to looked like a iOS 3 direct port, the new Flickr v2.0 now features a beautifully clean and minimal design mirroring closely the desktop counterpart, and can be described as nothing short of elegant. Pictures are now the focus of the app, with a new unobtrusive side-bar menu for easy navigating of your contacts, groups, and photo streams. Did I mention it’s fast? Perusing Flickr’s ginormous library of photos is a silk smooth experience, and looks stunning in full 1080p HD. With a TB of free storage, friends you can follow, and easy uploading from your Android device, Yahoo is securing Flickr’s spot as the Instagram for grownups.

If you have a ton of photos on your computer, now might be a good time dump them into Flickr’s shiny new digital shoebox. Should you find the ads on the site becoming a nuisance, there’s always the option of paying $50 to disable them for a year. Looking for another TB? Well, that’s just a teensy bit more pricey at $500 (yes, $500). Hit the download link below to give the app a spin for yourself.

[Download the all new Flickr on Google Play]