Sure, Yahoo just about killed Flickr, but today it's trying to restore its former glory. Just after the company this morning announced its $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, it showed off a completely redesigned version of Flickr with giant photos and more storage than you probably even need. Updated with video walkthrough.
Here's what's up: Yahoo announced a totally different web experience with big, beautiful, full-resolution photos. So the Flickr homepage? No more thumbnails. Now you'll see full-sied pictures. And it looks lovely with a full-bleed photo at the top of your profile, as well as much less white space. Flickr's also getting gorgeous, full-screen slideshows, and when you upload and share your photos, you're not losing any pixels.
Search (above) has been totally revamped, powered by Yahoo tech of course. Again, images are bigger, and it's much more immersive and easier to find what you're looking for. Here's the explore tab:
And here's the single image view:
On top of that, you're now getting a full terabyte of storage for free. That's apparently 70 times more than any other service offers you, and probably more space than you even need.
Additionally, Flickr is releasing a totally new Android app (in addition to the iOS app) that lets you access your Flickr pics where ever you are. The new Flickr is live now, so if you head over to the site, you'll see a much prettier, image-centric, modern look.
Update: While the new Flickr is definitely a feast for the eyes, it seems to be very incomplete so far, as much of the core functionality is still stuck in the previous interface style. It seems safe to assume that eventually the whole experience will be pulled together in the spirit of the new, and based on how sumptuous those parts look already, we can't wait for that to happen. Here's our hands-on video walkthrough of all the new goodness: