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Flickr iOS app gets friend tagging boost

Yahoo seems to be plugging away on one of its main goals under CEO Marissa Mayer — to improve its mobile apps.

After releasing a revamped version of its Flickr for iOS app back in December, the company today rolled out another update with some user-requested features. The latest version of Fickr for iPhone finally lets you tag friends from the app using the @ symbol, a feature many other photo-sharing and social-networking apps have long employed.

In addition, Yahoo promised that the latest version of the app offers a higher-resolution photo display and faster photo uploads.

"We did some magic to optimize uploads, but also start uploading in the background while you think about the photo's title or where you want to share it to," Flickr's head of product, Markus Spiering, wrote in a blog post Thursday. "You basically get the best of both worlds: High resolution uploads that will make sure that you can enjoy your photos in great quality in the future, plus fast uploads in the background, so that you don't have to wait."

You can also now take photos even faster using the iPhone's volume up button. When taking photos within the app, it will automatically save the original image to your camera roll — just in case you get a little too crazy with the filters. The latest version also lets you save any photos from your Flickr Photostream to your iOS camera roll.

The Flickr for iPhone app is available for free in the App Store.

Meanwhile, Yahoo is planning to ditch a number of its mobile apps, though Flickr likely isn't one of them. During an appearance at a recent Goldman Sachs tech conference, Mayer said Yahoo currently has about 60 to 75 mobile apps, which it plans to narrow down to about "a dozen or so."