Flickr for Android Review: 100GB Of Pure Goodness
When we search for where to host our photos, one of the first ideas that spring to mind is Flickr. Maybe it lacks some professional features or have some limitations unacceptable for pros, but private users have already made Flickr a synonym for photo hosting. It started in 2004 as an independent project, but since 2006 it’s a part of Yahoo! that has replaced an integral part of the app.
Flickr certainly had to go mobile: now compact cameras have already gone obsolete as smartphones have taken over. The Android app for Flickr has all it takes to start publishing your photos on Flickr, sharing them or just storing them on a large cloud.
When you launch the app for the first time it suggests you should log in or sign up. It’s easy and should cause no problems (though it requires your phone number and initial SMS confirmation). Then you can turn on Auto-Uploadr that will store all your photos in your private camera roll on Yahoo servers. If you didn’t, well, you can always turn it on later. In Settings, you can select your privacy options and allow Auto-Uploadr to upload your photos via Wi-Fi or cellular connection or via Wi-Fi only.
The home screen is a dashboard with several tabs. Camera Roll shows photos that are stored locally on your phone. You can select which photos to store in your public albums.
You can create and fill your public albums from the Public tab. Make your albums available for everyone, for your friends or for your eyes only. There is also Albums tab (that includes both your public and private albums) and Groups (where you can find groups according to your interests).
There are also other tabs you can select with a swipe or from the menu above. The Search tab is meant for searching photos, tags or people. You can also view popular photos there as well. The Friends page looks completely like Instagram or its clones. There are photos (not necessarily square), comments, likes and sharing button. Connect this page to Facebook, so Facebook photos will also appear there.
Notifications page indicates your friends’ activity and events around your photos (when someone likes or comments on your photo, you see a notification there). And the last tab is Flickr’s own camera app embedded into Flickr. You can use it in Instagram’s manner: snap (or select the photo) and publish it immediately. And yes, there are filters; you can select them with a rolling circle and enjoy the real-time preview on your snapshot. The advantage of Flickr is the original quality preserved in published photos: you don’t have to compress them to fit into that common square.
Of course, there are some things that are better done through web interface (for example, sharing and embedding Flickr photos on different sites). But it’s not a bug for the mobile version. Maybe the only inconvenience about Flickr for Android is that it lacks support for some languages.