Flickr Update Abandons Yahoo Account Requirement

Flickr Sign Up Doesn't Require a Yahoo Account

Yahoo has rolled out an update to Flickr for Android that over all, isn’t that exciting.  It is mostly a bug fix release and a new notable feature of seeing photos from your groups within your feed on the home page.  The bigger news in this update however is there is no longer a requirement to sign up with a Yahoo account.

It goes without saying that Yahoo is an unholy mess.  The company, once one of the pillars of the online world, is a shadow of itself and Verizon looks to be picking the carcass for valuable bits.  If and when that happens, Yahoo will have a name change and will cease to exist.  But one that that will stick around it seems is Flickr.  The photo storage & sharing company was acquired by Yahoo back in 2005 and one of the early changes they made to the app was the requirement for a Yahoo account.  At the time, it angered a lot of pre-Yahoo users but 11 years later, the requirement has been abandoned.

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Flickr App Gets A Big Update With Auto Upload Functionality

Yahoo has released a big update to the Flickr app for Android that brings a host of new features including the ability to auto upload your photos to the cloud service.  The update version will vary per device but on my BLU VIVO IV running KitKat 4.4, it is version 4.0.1 for those keeping score at home.  There are a lot of other changes in this update and if you are a Flickr user you need to get it.  Along with the auto uploading feature there are UI improvements and photo editing capabilities built into it.

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