On Friday, Yahoo! invited press to an event in New York City for an announcement. There was speculation that the event would unveil Yahoo!’s acquisition of Tumblr but Yahoo! confirmed that news over the weekend. Instead, the event today announced a completely redesigned Flickr experience.
The overall look and feel of Flickr has changed dramatically. Before, the old site showed a lot of white space with small thumbnails for photos. The new Flickr has virtually no white space, taking up the entire screen with tiled photos. The service looks similar to Google+ and Pinterest with large, flat looking UI elements. Photos look great if they’re different sizes but will show up in a simple grid if your photos are all the same aspect ratio.
Flickr still has great photo editing features, using Aviary’s technology. When you’re done editing, you can quickly share your photos via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Blogger. There’s a new option to start a full screen slideshows right from the web. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any way to modify the slideshows with text or music.
Some elements of the old Flickr are still around. Editing photos will take you to the same interface for batch editing that the old Flickr featured. Commenting on photos also takes you to the old, single photo viewing page. It seems that Yahoo! focused on changing the front-end of Flickr while the old backbone remains.
Mobile apps for Android and iOS will be receiving an update soon with the all new redesign. The Android app “maintains your photos’ original quality.” This is a direct shot at Google, since the company only allows unlimited photo uploads at low resolution, and only 15GB of combined space for full resolution shots. Flickr, in comparison, will offer full resolution uploads and 1TB of space.
In terms of pricing, the $24.99 yearly plan has disappeared since everyone will be getting 1TB for free. Those who want an ad-free experience will have to pony up $50 per year. There’s also an option for 2TB of storage for $500 a year.