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Flickr Launches Android App and Shared Slideshows

Flickr just announced its first native Android app for shooting and sharing photos. It offers quick filters, topic and location tagging, access to comments and groups, and full-screen browsing and slideshows. It has a full list of sharing options as well as privacy controls.

There’s also a new feature for all Flickr users called Photo Session, which lets members browse photo slideshows in sync together over the Web. Users can chat and doodle on photos during a Photo Session. It supports all major desktop browsers, iPhone and iPad.

Shoot and Share

Flickr has had a native iOS app for years, but the filters are new to the Android app. Photo apps that add various shades of brown are a hot commodity. Facebook, a huge hub for photo sharing, is building one, and Apple is building filters straight into iOS 5.

Of course, the photo filter app to watch is Instagram, which released version 2.0 last week, but it’s iOS only. Though Instagram received a huge overhaul in the latest update, there’s still no word on the conspicuously absent Android version. Flickr’s app targeting Android capitalizes on that missing spot in the Android world where Instagram should be.

You can download the Flickr Android app from the Android Market.

Photo Session

Photo Session is a neat feature sort of like Google Plus Hangouts, only they’re for sharing photos in person. Users can view the same slideshow over the Web and chat and draw on photos using built-in tools. It’s a nice way to create some virtual togetherness, but it doesn’t seem to fill an existing demand for a service like this.

Are you a Flickr user? What do you think of the new features?

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