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This article was published on September 28, 2011


Flickr FINALLY releases its first official Android App

Flickr FINALLY releases its first official Android App
Courtney Boyd Myers
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Courtney Boyd Myers

Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

Today, Flickr unveiled its first official Android app, two years after releasing an iPhone app. The new Android app is described as a “shoot-and-share” app that lets users edit photos and add Instagram-like filters.

The app lets users modify the flash and shutter focus as well as scroll through their libraries of photos, similar to the web experience. Gigaom points out that “By hitting the market now, Flickr for Android could well take some air out of Instagram’s upcoming Android debut… In a meeting at Flickr’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday, Flickr’s head of product Markus Spiering said that those features are currently in development to be added to the iPhone app, but would not provide a time frame as to when they will be deployed.”

But will the fresh new app pull Flickr out of its stalemate? The long-term health of Flickr, which has 68 million registered users, has been called into question over the past year. And not just because Yahoo! decided to sunset Delicious but also because for the past several years, the site, which was founded in 2004, has remained stagnant, unchanged with the exception of thousands of new members and a few social features.

Many in our backchannel have suggested that Google may as well buy Flickr, and fold its content into Google+.

What do you think?