Flickr has recently launched its smartphone app and to celebrate the holiday season, it is now offering three months of its Pro service to its users for free.

The Pro service of Flickr usually is priced at $24.95 a year or $6.95 for three months. But as part of a holiday gift, Flickr, the Yahoo owned photo sharing service, is now available for free to users for three months.

Flickr offering its Pro service for free

Flickr offering its Pro service for free

As part of the release, Flickr states, “Please enjoy 3 months of unlimited storage as our way of saying thanks this holiday season. So go on and snap your amazing photos and upload to Flickr — yes, as many as you'd like all day, everyday.”

As part of this service, a user can now avail of the following features:

  • Unlimited uploads (up to 50MB per photo)
  • Unlimited viewing of your entire photo library
  • Post photos in up to 60 groups
  • Download your original, high-resolution photos – whenever you need them
  • Upload and play unlimited HD videos

After the three month period ends, the Flickr account holder will lose these free Pro services and will once again go back to the account that they had.

Earlier this month, it was reported Flickr has made several changes to its iOS app over the last week, including adding photo filter features. Flickr gave its iOS app a complete make-over, releasing a new, cleaner user interface and effect tools in Flickr version 2.0. Seemingly inspired by Instagram, the Yahoo owned photo sharing website added filters to add effects to images while uploading them. There are 16 unique camera filters that can be used in Flickr now. Coincidentally, the filters are powered by Aviary, the service that Twitter too has tied up with for its own app.

Quite like Instagram, the Flickr app shows you interesting photos near your location. Not to forget, the double tap to favourite an image seems pretty inspired too. Yahoo has also added Groups capabilities amongst other features that were by far available only through the website.

Flickr’s social connect seems to be in focus during this update as the ability to find your Twitter and Facebook contacts have been added to the app. Sharing and visibility functions too have received a shot in the arm with version 2.01.772.

Here is a complete list of changes in this version, included based on user feedback:

  • Better visibility of photo upload status
  • It’s now easier than ever to share your Flickr photos on Facebook
  • Get instant notifications when your Facebook friends join Flickr
  • Easily find your Twitter contacts on Flickr
  • New notifications when someone comments on a photo you’ve also commented on
  • Fixed issues with Google sign-in
  • Other bug fixes

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been an iPad app announced yet, though speculations are rife that there will be one made soon.

The app has undergone this facelift right when the market seems to be ready to embrace it back with open arms. Instagram, the Flickr competitor, has been going through tumultuous times with its tiff with Twitter and new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service controversy.

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