Flickr adds automatic photo uploads to iOS app

Joel Mathis
10 October, 2013
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Flickr added a new automatic upload feature to its to its iOS app on Wednesday, the service’s latest effort to woo – and woo back – users in the ultra-competitive online photo-sharing arena.

The optional feature will upload the 25 most recent pictures on your iPhone; after that all new photos will be automatically added to the service – all photos are uploaded on a private basis and made public only if the user chooses to edit and share a picture. The app can be set to do the uploads over cellular networks, or only when the phone has access to a Wi-Fi connection. (The app prompts users to turn on the automatic upload after it has been updated; users will have to go into the app’s settings to toggle the upload parameters.)

It’s the latest effort by the Yahoo-owned Flickr to recover its ground in the photo-sharing and photo-storage market. In May, the company overhauled its service, giving every user 1TB of free photo storage.

After the app has been updated, Flickr prompts users to activate the new feature.

But Flickr isn’t the first service to offer automatic uploads of photos: its stiffest competition may be from iOS’s built-in Photo Stream, but Dropbox has also long offered the feature, as have services Everpix and Loom. Which means that Flickr, once the grandaddy of photo-storage sites, is playing catch-up in this space.

Wednesday’s update adds another new feature to the Flickr app; auto straightening. The company describes it as “a tool that works like magic when your photo is just a little bit off”. Flickr also says that users should find previous problems with Google sign-on have been eliminated in the latest version of the app.

Flickr is free, and is compatible with iPhones using iOS 6 or later.

by Joel Mathis, Macworld

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