This year alone, consumers around the world will buy up about 1 billion cellphones equipped with cameras, according to market researchers. There's an awful lot of snapping going on and Flickr wants in on the action.
The top photo-sharing Web site says it has seen an explosion not only in the number of people using mobile phones to access its site, but also in the number of people who are uploading cellphone photos to share with the rest of the world.
With that in mind, m.flickr.com (Flickr's mobile version) is spiffing itself up with a bunch of new features that everyone with iPhones and other devices equipped with fancier new mobile browsers that users will be able to use while on the snap, show and go.
First, what Flickr says is "the sexy part," iPhone, iPod touch and Android owners can now view videos on Flickr's mobile site. The company says it expects to rapidly expand the number of devices it will support in coming weeks.
The activity stream now has more information in it, all synched to the settings you specify on the main site, Flickr says. For the first time, you can comment on, and favorite, photos from your mobile phone. It's also easier to add, find, and manage your contacts from your iPhone and similarly equipped mobile devices.
Flickr also has made it easier to email photos so that all you have to do is enter an email address in your address book under the name “Flickr” and then email the photo to Flickr's site whenever you shoot something interesting. Last, Flickr says it has made it easier to browse and search photos in the "Flickrverse."