The Flickr app for iPhone and on the Web have received a major redesign to appeal to the Instagram set
Yahoo is definitely going to focus on mobile now that Marissa Mayer is CEO, as the company has released another major app overhaul after just redesigning Yahoo Mail for mobile. Yahoo has redesigned Flickr for the Web and for iPhone, and the photo-sharing service may now be ready to take on the competition.
The first thing you'll notice about the new Flickr iPhone app is how much cleaner it looks and how easy it is to sign up for a new account directly from the app. The Flickr app also lets you easily share your photos, find pictures nearby and hook into various social networks. Of course, you'll also be able to put filters on the photos you share.
Flickr was one of the most popular photo-sharing services on the Web back in the day and once it sold to Yahoo, many thought it was poised for massive growth. While it has grown in size, Yahoo has missed the boat entirely with mobile, as the apps took too long to come out and simply weren't that good.
Meanwhile, cameras on smartphones got better and mobile networks improved, so sharing photos from your phone became a massive market. Facebook's growth has been helped by photo sharing online and from smartphones, and Instagram became so popular that Facebook bought it for almost $1 billion. Heck, even Twitter now includes photo filters in its Android and iPhone apps after it and Instagram had a little tiff about where photos are displayed.
The new Flickr iPhone app also comes with a fresh redesign on the Web and I'd expect an updated Android version to be available relatively soon. Download the new Flickr app for iPhone here (iTunes link).