Between acquiring everything in sight and pulling in top talent wherever she can find it, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has somehow found time to keep Flickr front and center with a steady stream of updates to the often overlooked photo service. Today’s redesigned apps for iOS and Android (sorry Windows Phone) may be the biggest change to Flickr we’ve seen so far though, introducing an easy-to-use UI for quick sharing and browsing paired with plenty of free cloud storage. The new Flicker—officially dubbed Flickr 3.0—is a huge improvement, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be dethroning Instagram anytime soon.
The latest Flickr update introduces new ways to share and view photos and video from your smartphone. Yahoo has added the ability to film and edit HD footage right in the app before choosing a filter and sharing it online. New posts are also automatically tagged based on location and date, making it easier than ever to find an old photo.
Exploring photos through the app is easier as well thanks to the new design, which swaps out the old two-column look for a single scrolling feed. Flickr automatically crops all photos into neat squares, while tapping on any picture will make it expand to full size. You can also tap a button to pull up extra information on any photo including what type of camera was used to take it.
Yahoo also added an improved search feature with built-in image recognition, and a profile section that mixes your photo stream with notifications and settings. The app features a slightly different layout on Android and iOS, and the former even gets its own notifications section within Flickr. Hit the links below to download the app if you haven’t already, but first check out this short video introducing Flickr 3.0.