Yahoo revamps Flickr for Android, offers free terabyte of photo storage


Yahoo unveiled an overhauled version of its Flickr photo-sharing application for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system, offering all users a free terabyte of storage.

Flickr for Android

Flickr for Android

"That's enough for a lifetime of photos--more than 500,000 original, full-resolution, pixel-perfect, brilliant photos," said Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. "Flickr users will never have to worry about running out of space."

Other highlights of the redesigned Flickr app, available for devices running Android 2.3.3 and up, include 16 photo filters, image editing tools, automatic geotagging and social sharing and discovery features. The upgrade mirrors enhancements introduced via Flickr for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone late last year.

Yahoo acquired Flickr in 2005 for a reported $35 million, but the service has since fallen far behind newer, mobile-first rivals like Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) Instagram photo-sharing app. "We hope you'll agree that we have made huge strides to make Flickr awesome again," Mayer said.

The Flickr app reached the Google Play storefront hours after Yahoo confirmed an agreement to acquire social networking platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Tumblr promises to give Yahoo a significant foothold in social networking, a segment where the company has struggled to gain relevance: The Tumblr network spans more than 96 million blogs in all and generates more than 16 billion page views per month, buoyed by apps for iOS, Android and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 that support on-the-go sharing of photos, GIFs, video clips, quotes and messages.

Yahoo has been on a spending spree since Mayer took over as CEO in mid-2012. Yahoo recently acquired mobile-focused startups including Summly, Jybe, Alike, Stamped and Astrid. Mobile is one of Mayer's four key focus areas, alongside search, display and video.

Last month Yahoo announced it counts more than 300 million mobile monthly users, up from 200 million at the end of last year. The company credited the increase to recent overhauls of its mobile and desktop sites but said it is also likely due to users' overall shift from desktop Internet surfing to accessing the Web from their smartphones.

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