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Flickr has no love for Windows Phone, so here are some alternative Flickr apps

You would think with devices like the Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 and even the venerable Lumia 92x, a photography site like Flickr would be catering heavily towards Windows Phone users. Instead, we have an app that was last updated almost two years ago from the Yahoo! owned shutterbug site. An app that is plagued with performance and login issues, giving users a subpar experience.

Now, Flickr through their support forums have confirmed that they are purposefully giving the cold shoulder to Windows Phone. If you were expecting a massive update waiting in the wings from the company, you can now stop.

A message posted today in their support forums from Matthew Roth, Flickr Community Team, states the obvious:

“At this point, we are focusing our mobile development efforts on iPhone and Android apps. If this changes, we’ll let you know in the forum here.”

It’s an odd confession, especially in 2014 where Windows Phone is now the accepted ‘third way’ for mobile. Even more so since Windows Phone users are heavy on photo snapping and sharing, due to Nokia’s phenomenal work in mobile photography. (I’m reminded by how just good Lumias are after playing with my new Moto X, or browsing images on my sister’s Galaxy S4.)

In the past, we’ve seen such responses from companies who didn’t have the resources for Windows Phone development. At the time, users begrudgingly accepted it, but in 2014 it seems very out of place. Even more so since Yahoo! is hardly a small time player. Like Google, they could easily afford to develop a robust app for Windows Phone users, but are purposefully not doing so.

Flickr's downward spiral (Source: Alexa)

Luckily, Flickr is a service that is quickly going out of fashion with mobile photography. Services like Instagram are putting a serious dent into Flickr, and even sites like 500PX, who have an excellent Windows Phone app, are picking up Yahoo!’s slack in this market. Flickr’s mid 2013 refresh is also wearing off, according to the analytics site Alexa.

Need Flickr on Windows Phone? Use these apps instead

If Windows Phone users still need a decent Flickr app, there are some seriously nice alternative that access the site and upload services, including:

Still, for the platform’s sake, it would be better for Windows Phone to have a top shelf official app, utilizing Nokia’s unique camera APIs. Hopefully users will demand such a change from Yahoo!.

Source: Flickr Support forums; via @TheRomit

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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

85 Comments
  • #mobileequality is working on getting them to update it!
  • +928
  • Noone cares about your goddamn phone.
  • Yes!!
  • Good work! I honestly can't understand why they'd purposely give the cold shoulder to a section of market they could use!
  • I just tweeted them & used your hash tag! Whoop
  • My 928 rocks :) Icon soon-to-be will be better! Go me! #Prideful
  • I don't think very many people use Flickr anymore anyway.
  • I was wondering about that. I don't think I've sen a single reference or link to them in many years. But maybe it's more of a niche site for serious photography these days.
  • I had their premium account for years, but as mobile photography got better (cough, Lumias, cough), my usage dropped off. My account lapsed like 9 months ago and not sure if I'm going to renew it. Flickr, like Polaroid, really missed the mobile revolution, even though both were poised to exploit it with their userbase and name.
  • It's pointless to get a premium account now (even though I still pay the pennies it costs). They give 1TB free now to all.
  • Even search for photos on Flickr, if you do find pics on the topic they are usually old.
  • Yes Flickr is a niche site for serious photography. On Flickr you will find the Lumia 920 and 1020 as one of the most popular camera (phone) used. Fickr actually record exif data and rates the cameras used by members.
  • I use it purely because of the 1TB free storage. If there was another free photography service which had 1TB free storage and a good WP app I would happily switch though.
  • +1520 I use it too solely because of the 1TB storage. All my full resolution pics backup in one place in case my hard drive crashes.
  • What are people using? I like Flickr and have over 12,800 pictures all tagged and in sets.
  • Yeah, OneDrive took over my photo backup years ago. Thank you, MSFT!
  • They will turn around.
  • who f@cks Flickr.....
  • I don't use it anymore so I don't care!
  • Dan, how many kheffiyehs do you have? Lol! They are awwesome!
  • Just the one! lol
  • hahaha! They do look good on you! Get some more.
  • I would say "screw them", but at least they don't actively seek to sabotage 3rd party alternative apps like another famous search company does.
  • +920 although it sucks big time that Yahoo! aren't investing anything other than a middle finger for their official WP8 Flickr app, at least they're not trying to hinder alternatives. Good point!
  • Marissa is ex google so not really surprising. Uninstalled the app and won't use the service if they won't support WP.
  • This. Don't want to support the platform?, fine, we millions of users won't use your service.
  • Too true. Have never used Flickr as it never grabbed me.
  • It's pretty obvious anyway, she is an ex-google employee... I am not surprised.
  • Flickr is owned by yahoo and to tell you the truth. I think yahoo has a grudge against Microsoft. Ever since bailing on the buyout proposal. I've seem so many negative campaigns on yahoo, more than any other company.
  • Yeah I think Yahoo is mad that MS won't let them out of the Bing deal (among other biases).  Probably not going to get support from them unless WP gets significant market share relative to iOS/Android.
  • There are still lots of people using Flickr, remember that they offer a lot of storage for free.
    Flickr offer highres pictures for photographers (hobby and pro) while services like IG offers terrible resolutions. 500px and google+ are about the only ones that can compete with Flickr, realistically, but they both have some work ahead of them whipping out Flickr. The best thing for gplus, 500px and similar is that yahoo is runned by fools that keeps painting them selves into corners.
  • "There are still lots of people using Flickr, remember that they offer a lot of storage for free."
    True, although as the traffic data indicates above, after the initial surge from their re-launch, it's dropped off and seemingly stabilized, albeit at a lot less than they were pre-2012.
  • I used Flickr before too, but i have since,moved to 500px since
  • who needs a Flickr? who needs a Yahoo? no wonder they're going downhill
  • Well, I had troubles logging in a few times, but am otherwise pretty content with the WP app. Besides that, I began the process of uploading all my pictures there in order to have a back up this summer, when they increased the free storage space. With the photo app on windows rt integrating Flickr made it a really great option. When they removed it for 8.1, I assumed the winRT app was due shortly. I am quite reluctant to an alternative app for my login's sake. Does anyone have an idea or something nice to recommend ?
  • I already switched from Flickr to 500px. The only inconvenience is the lack of video upload on 500px, since photography is more of a hobby of mine but film is my preferred medium. But yeah, Flickr is slowly dying off.
  • Viewr for Flickr has been renamed Flickr Central. And I still never got credit.. :c
  • Actually, it says that in the article.
  • Well, now it does. I swore it didn't say that before. Sorry Daniel. :c
  • Nah, it was fixed very quickly...I didn't notice at first, sorry!
  • yea it looks like no oFFICIAL yahoo apps of any kind this year... http://www.nok4us.com/2014/01/bad-news-yahoo-will-not-be-investing.html
  • They are sure sour about something, what makes this hilarious is that all your life you are taught to be mature and 'get along' with others but these corps are acting like petulant teenagers...lol
  • 500px all the way. Flickr is dead to me.
  • Any flicker apps upload 1020 high res photos?
  • I doubt that, it seems like the phone itself can's see 34 mpix files at all.
  • Bloody idiots WP and Nokia have consistently been the world leader in mobile camera tech! I hope the "political" decision behind this stance comes back to haunt them in the next few years
  • Only reason I'm using Flickr is for the storage space. I just upload my full-res photos for storage as all my photo sets are private. Using Flickr Central for background uploads on my 920 and apps with similar functionality on my other devices. Helping me save SkyDr... Oops OneDrive space in the process.
  • Well Microsft doesn;t even support their own platform, it makes sense for others to do same. 
  • <Woo, woo, woo..> Hyperbole police, we're pulling you over. Need to see your license and registration for outlandish comment of the day.
  • Don't be too harsh. They could only be so smart after consuming mass quantities of windshield wiper fluid. Why else would they say something so obviously dumb.
  • Doesn't Yahoo own Flickr?? Can we petition the CEO for some love?
  • Considering where she's from this doesn't surprise me at all. 
  • are we surprised? ex google CEO which means she's as anti-MSFT as it gets. And then there is the whole yahoo culture where they think their awful mail client is better than outlook when in fact not even their own employees will use it. Marissa, and Yahoo, a marriage made in heaven: two entities that are seeing to become relevant in a world that sees them as clueless. Hey yahoo, 1990's called and they want their company back. time to go.
  • 500px > Flickr.
  • + all of the internets.
  • What are the advantages to 500px?
  • Flickr Central FTW.  The only reason I use flickr over 500px is for the abundant storage at no cost.
  • Thanks! I love to hear people are enjoying the app. Version 3.2.0 is right around the corner with a lot of new and improved stuff.
  • Remember when I was one of the first people to review it? And I sent you emails about auto upload and updates? Knew about it before it was cool. :D #hipster
  • It is awesome to see that you remain one of my bigger supporters. Even now that it is mainstream, haha. Your suggestions have proved pretty great so far, make sure to keep them coming :)
  • Flickr Central does everything I want and is my goto WP app, but my live tile won't work.
  • I used flikr to back up my old Lumia 800 photos together with SkyDrive, I actually love flikr although I haven't logged in or uploaded anything in month despite having a 1020 now... I hate that they are dropping the ball this badly! My 2 main email accounts are also with Yahoo so I would really love to see them turn things around actually, I think a new CEO is needed for that to happen.
  • You forgot Woven http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/woven-photo-viewer/16965a7d-...
  • I dont think they have time to make official app as i receive an email from them and this is what they say... "Thank you for this feedback. At this point, we are focusing our mobile development efforts on iPhone and Android apps. If this changes, we’ll let you know in the forum here."
  • I use Flickr and having a devices with high res photos it would be nice to upload directly to Flickr. I use my surface pro to upload via flickrs website. So when I post my low res photos to social media I add the HighRes link from Flickr. I also use phriz.be to share via email to friends and associates. Whatever Flickr..!
  • I use Flickr a lot, but may be tempted to move to 500px right now
  • Flickr Central is the best Flickr app. It works much better and faster than any other alternatives out there.
  • Thanks!   I am just getting ready to release version 3.2.0 of Flickr Central which contains many bugfixes, a few major performance improvements, and a few awesome new features. It is great to have your support.
  • ++++++10000000000000% thanks!
  • Yahoo has no love for WP period and Marissa Myers wants Larry pages hard balls but his throat just got healed so he's not available.
  • Stuff like this kind of stuff always shocks me. There is a user base and apparently we're vocal(well that's what I've read on other websites). So why not cater to us? And it doesn't seem with all the improvements they've been doing to Flickr has done anything to capture its former glory.
  • Love Flickr, but, from web. 
    So, someday i tried the android app and sorry guys, but was excellent, but, no problem, i would do the same that i do from WP7.8: Donwload the photos to my PC and upload via website to Flickr. 
  • Never used their service, no one I know uses it, so no skin off my back.
  • You would think Marissa would be above the childishness of the MS/Google thing but obviously not! Even if Flickr made the app better I wouldn't use it......fuck em!!!
  • I must be the lucky one...I have no problem logining with my Lumia 900 & 1020.
  • The same official app story once again... Its like a never ending story....
  • Flicker, only reason to use is space that they provide else of no use for mobile photography,
  • Does 500px have an API? I use Flickr to host pics for a Dave Matthews Band Fan Pics app I have in WP Store.
  • Well, just received a new update for my Nexus 7 for Flickr app. Really sad for windows phone.....
  • Had a flickr account before but have stopped using it even before I moved from android to Windows Phone so I'm not sad at all.
  • What if rudy reads this
  • I like Flickr.  Have used it for years and like the new 1 TB storage.  I have both the official Flickr and Flickr Central app.
  • Well, I'm glad to see 2flicka on top of that list. There are lots of new goodies that will come in the next update, though I won't say anything yet. All I can say is 2flicka users will have a nice surprise in a couple of weeks ;)
  • If Rudy gets a Flickr app on Windows Phone, no one would even bother about the official app.