Flickr app finally comes to Android devices

Now Android-friendly. Image: Yahoo/Flickr.

It may have taken a while, but Yahoo’s popular photo-sharing service Flickr is finally making the direct leap to Android mobile devices through its own dedicated software application (app).

Available without charge to all users of Google’s mobile operating system, the app enables enthusiastic snappers to upload and share their photographic images through Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

“Browsing and navigating has been custom designed for Flickr to make use of maps, tags, and activity around your photos,” trumpeted Zack Sheppard, senior community manager at Flickr.

“You can stay up to date with the latest comments and activity on your photos and take advantage of gorgeous full-screen browsing and slideshows,” he added.

The app also includes a custom view-finding tool that provides various aspect ratios along with 10 different mode filters, flash, and shutter focus.

In related news, Flickr has also launched Photo Session, which enables users to flip through images with friends via real-time live slideshow presentations.

This is made possible by creating a unique URL for the session and then sending it out for up to 10 friends, who need only click on the address in order to view the accompanying slideshow.

Also, those users with a scribble-based sense of humour or a desire to add personal notes to their photos can do so through a special built-in drawing tool.

Because Photo Session is still in the preview stage of its development it is presently only available on compatible models of the iPad and iPhone, and browsers such as Firefox (v4.0 or higher), Safari (v5.0 or higher), and Google Chrome (v12 or higher).

Yahoo has said it hopes to expand that usage across other devices and browsers in the coming months.

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