Flickr’s new mobile app
Flickr’s new mobile app for iOS is pretty neat. Though i would say a tad bit late. However, good to see Yahoo putting the focus where it should have been a few years ago.
Flickr had the photography community one can only dream of, but they all petered out. Frustrated. Dejected - as Flickr remained directionless for a while.
Add to it the lack of a decent mobile app, and Flickr failed to onboard a whole new generation of mobile camera happy shutterbugs who upload pictures on the go.
The new iOS app addresses that problem. The UI is neat and intuitive, and gives easy access to almost all the features on the home screen. The camera function is decent and does it job sans any edit capabilities. Would be good to see if Flickr adds some editing capabilities to this app. However, in terms of it’s overall approach I found the new iOS app to be more closer to 500px than to Instagram - at least in terms of UI.
The sad part is that in terms of content I would have to say 500px has better photographs these days than Flickr. One view through the ” interesting” section and I would say 500px has more “wow” images than the Flickr gallery. Add to it the fact that 500px has an inbuilt marketplace and allows photographers to monetize right from their profiles and there is an incentive that’s hard to ignore.
Next move Yahoo? Filters ? In built e-commerce ?