Yahoo acquired Tumblr yesterday in a billion dollar deal, that is not the only news coming out of Yahoo. It announced a new design for Flickr with 1 terabyte of free storage to all including bigger photos upload and many more changes. This is indeed a surprise, as Yahoo neglected Flickr from quite some time. And with Marissa Mayor at helm Flickr revamp is one of the things users expected from her and she delivered it.
Frist things first what you get now from Flickr is 1TB of free storage, this is awesome news for many users. Previously free accounts are capped at 2 videos and 300MB worth of photos and Pro users used to get unlimited uploads and unlimited bandwidth. Now the pro accounts offered in two tiers, a $50/ year subscription will give you access to the ad-free version of Flickr experience, and a $500/ year subscription will get you 2TB of storage that is double the storage.
The home page now gives a full screen experience with photos from your contacts, groups and other content. Your photo stream also got a revamp with a profile page that looks similar to the previous Google+ profile page. Your photos on the photo stream page are now bigger and arranged in a tile based interface, overall the page looks beautiful. You have the option to upload a cover photo similar to the Facebook one, and a high resolution profile picture.
The slideshow feature is also revamped. Along with the redesign you get transitions and facial detection technology to identify faces in photos.
Now users can upload 1080p HD videos upto 1GB and 3 min in length, you can upload number of videos as long as you have space.
The world is moving to mobile and Flick doesn’t have an app on Android till now although they have released an app for iOS. Starting today they have released an Android app for your mobile pics, download here if you want to upload using an Android device.
1TB of free storage is a good thing, none of the services now offer this much of storage. Google Drive now offers 15GB, Dropbox offers 5GB and SkyDrive offers 7GB for comparison. Whether this revamp and free storage is enough to get the previous glory of Flickr is remained to be seen.
Via Flickr Blog