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HTC Source | November 18, 2017

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Google develops Photostream: Android Flickr App

In an effort to spur a little more development on their new Andorid OS, Google has just released a Flickr app which gives uses a new way to interact with their images stored on Flickr. It is a bit surprising to see Google offer an app for Flickr especially since it is a service offered by their competitor Yahoo and also because just this week Google relaunched their Picasa 3 program and web albums. I’d imagine a Picasa album is in the works, but since Flickr is used by Yahoo’s millions of users every day and has a few billion images to sort through, it makes more senser to capitalize on on Flickr’s huge user base. Flickr has been known for having an incredible API and developers have been taking advantage of it for all it’s worth. Hopfully this will spark some interest in web developers and show them how friendly and easy to use the Android OS can be.

Some of the Android features shown off with the app include:

 

 

 

  • Activity aliases
  • Adding custom shortcuts to Home
  • Adding a new wallpaper chooser to the system
  • Custom layouts
  • Custom XML attributes
  • Use of themes
  • Use of styles
  • Use of text colors
  • Use of
  • Use of bitmap and layer drawables from XML
  • Use of HttpClient
  • Proper interaction between background threads and the UI thread
  • Efficient display rotation (using the new onRetainNonConfigurationInstance() API)
  • Animations and layout animations
  • Cropping an image
  • Image manipulation

     

    You can check out some additional iamges from Photostream after the jump.

     

     

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    About Nick Gray

    Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.