Flickr came out of left field today during the hoopla that was the Amazon Kindle Fire announcement and released their Android application on the Market. Users of the photo sharing service (especially those who pay for the Pro tier of service) have been anxiously awaiting any sort of communication from Flickr or Yahoo! about an Android application after watching Flickr issue update after update to its fantastic iPhone application.
That day has come, Flickr-ites! The application itself is very attractive and implements a new style of UI, unfamiliar to most Android users. It utilizes Flickr’s oft-criticized mobile site for some of its features. The real draw here is their in-app photo camera (think Lightbox) and the included filters, named after world cities. It’s an interesting approach, yes, but it’s a great way to get more photos onto the service from users. Once a photo is uploaded, the tight Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr integration that Flickr has rolled out over the past 2 years is seen on its Sharing screen. Sending photo links to your favorite social network is a snap and works really well.
The application takes a little bit to load–even on my Galaxy S II. I experienced a bit of a lag when starting it up, but once it’s up and running the experience is fantastic. Take a look at some of the screenshots below and let us know what you think in the comments. And for those of you not yet signed up for Flickr, the application has a simple in-app registration process to get you started snapping photos in no time!