Today, Yahoo! has announced its biggest overhaul to the mobile Flickr experience yet. Appropriately sporting the 3.0 version name, this new Flickr experience turns what was once an attempt to bring the browser version of Flickr to mobile devices into an entirely new experience that they hope will feel as natural on a mobile device as Instagram.
Available on both Android and iOS, this update creates a much faster, more fluid experience that takes much of its inspiration from a collection of other applications and services.
In fact, “inspiration” may be putting it a bit too kindly, as some of the features in Flickr 3.0 will definitely draw heat from the competitors they have imitated. From the single-column,s square approach to the live filters, the features added to the new Flickr experience are staples of other apps that have been around for quite some time.
Overall, it seems as though the Flickr team has realized that you can’t just turn a browser experience into a mobile one — you must create an entirely separate experience, albeit one that fits in with the ecosystem of the platform. Taking “inspiration” from where needed, adding their own twist to it and wrapping it all up in a quick, good-looking package, Flickr 3.0 definitely improves upon anything Yahoo! has offered for the mobile platform in the past.
Take a look at the short video at the top to get a teaser of what’s been changed, and then head on over to Google Play or the iOS App Store to snag your download. If you’d like to read further into the details of the update, you can do so by checking out Flickr’s announcement here.
Keep your eyes peeled for a full review up of the app in the next couple of days.