Yahoo acquires iOS photo app maker GhostBird Software

Yahoo has bought mobile photography app maker GhostBird Software as part of ongoing efforts to boost its image hosting service Flickr.

Toronto, Canada-based GhostBird has been making photo-editing software since 2009. It created the popular KitCam and PhotoForge apps for Apple's iOS platform, and it even made a zombie game called The Raging Dead.

GhostBird employees will be joining the Flickr team, which Yahoo acquired in 2005. Yahoo has been making several improvements to its Flickr service recently, opening up a whopping 1TB of free image storage for all users in May.

Features from GhostBird's software will most likely make it into future versions of the Flickr app for iOS and Android. The GhostBird team said they are “long-time admirers of Flickr” and are thrilled to bring their technology and photography passion to Flickr.

The KitCam and PhotoForge2 apps are no longer available in the Apple App Store. Previous owners can still use the apps, but they will not be updated going forward. They can, however, be re-downloaded from the iCloud if needed.

Yahoo has made a number of high-profile acquisitions in recent months, including the $1.1 billion (£702m) buyout of blogging service Tumblr. GhostBird is a comparatively small addition to the Yahoo portfolio, but it is part of a growing drive to put the former Internet portal back on the map.

The financial details of the acquisition were not revealed.