Yahoo acquires KitCam developer GhostBird Software to boost Flickr photos
Yahoo has acquired GhostBird Software in an attempt to "re-imagine" its Flickr apps for iOS and Android.
The software company is mostly popular for developing photo-editing apps like KitCam and PhotoForge 2, although GhostBird announced on Wednesday that its iOS apps are no longer available for download from the App Store.
Yahoo also confirmed the acquisition on Wednesday via Twitter, noting Flickr users should get ready to see their mobile photos in a "whole new light".
GhostBird provided even more detail about the acquisition on its website: "As photography enthusiasts, we are long-time admirers of Flickr, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring our technology and passion for beautiful photos to the Flickr team. There has been so much exciting progress at Yahoo! as they re-imagine their most-loved products for mobile, including the awesome new Flickr apps for iOS and Android."
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's new CEO, is certainly trying to reinvigorate the company ever since taking up the reins last summer. Yahoo recently issued a major redesign to Flickr, for instance, and completed a high-profile acquisition of Tumblr.
Yahoo also just announced that it would begin resetting ID accounts that have been inactive for at least a year. The company essentially wants to free up accounts and do away with atrociously long IDs that have a string of numbers pasted at the end.
As for Yahoo's recent design overhaul of Flickr, the service has not yet begun to bolster its photo-editing capabilities. GhostBird will likely pick up the slack; however, it's not clear if Yahoo has acquired GhostBird's software, team, or both assets.