The insanely popular and one of the most feverishly accessed photo sharing web services, Flickr by Yahoo!, needs no long introduction. Apart from the official Android client of the service, you are likely to bump into numerous third-party Flickr clients in the Google Play Store, each boasting some additional features of its own, like the previously reviewed Fixplorer. Adding to this list of rather useful but unofficial Flickr clients for Android is XDA member, yunusual’s Flickr Earth – a free app that lets users explore, download and share geo-tagged photos from the Flickr service via their Android devices. Using the app, you can start exploring all the photos shared on Flickr from your current location or from any particular region of the world. In this regard, you can navigate anywhere on map to find interesting photos from Flickr, browse the service’s extensive photo repository by region/continent/country, search for Flickr photos by tags, enjoy high quality photos in full-screen, and explore detailed information pertaining to each shared photo on the go.
The app’s UI might not be all about the glittery looks that some of its Flickr-based counterparts sport, but it certainly makes the experience of exploring geo-tagged Flickr photos on Android an enjoyable and convenient one.
All you get with the app’s simply designed homescreen interface is three main buttons, namely Navigate on Map, Browse a Region and Search in Flickr.
As evident by their respective titles, each button helps you reach desired image search result on Flickr accordingly. Tapping the Navigate on Map button launches the map where all the Flickr photos that are shared from your vicinity are represented by individual camera icons. Tapping a camera icon lets you preview the image via thumbnail, download the photo to your device, share it with your buddies, and explore further Details regarding the photo.
Apart from exploring some conventional metadata pertaining to a photo, you can also see the user, sharing time/date, tags and geographical location info relevant to that particular photo. In addition, you can also visit a user’s Flickr profile page, read all the comments about a particular photo, and find out other brief description pertaining to it. To enjoy the image in full-screen, just tap it’s thumbnail. The image downloading, sharing and exploring controls are accessible in full-screen mode, too.
Taping the Browse a Region button on the app’s homescreen lets you specify a custom location from where you wish to explore Flickr photos. In addition to specifying a country of choice, you also have the option to further narrow down your search criteria by looking out for images that contain specific tags/keywords.
The Search in Flick button on the app’s homescreen can be used to conduct advanced image searches on the Flickr service. In this regard, you can search for photos by desired keywords, and/or modify your search criteria in multiple ways.