- Meta, WhatsApp is once again rolling out another update for Android and iOS phone users across the world
- This latest update is for photos, with a new option for users the chance to share high-definition photos
- Over the years, WhatsApp users have complained about how sending photos directly results in a compressed picture
WhatsApp is introducing an upgrade that enables users to share higher-quality “HD” images on the messaging platform.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg made this announcement via his official Facebook account.
According to Zuckerberg, the feature will gradually roll out and will hit users’ phones worldwide in the upcoming weeks.
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“Sharing photos on WhatsApp just got an upgrade. Now you can send in HD.”
Details of the new WhatsApp feature
A message on Meta website on new WhatsApp feature
According to Meta, with the new feature, WhatsApp users can now send higher-quality and higher-resolution images (although still likely compressed from their original state) from Android, iOS, or the web.
It also noted that regardless of their platform, recipients will observe a small icon signifying the improved image quality.
Meta has also indicated that support for HD videos is in the works.
How the WhatsApp HD picture will work
In the instance shared by WABetaInfo, tapping the HD icon leads to a “photo quality” menu. This menu offers two resolution options: standard quality (1600 x 1052) and HD quality (4096 x 2692).
In scenarios involving slow connections, recipients can either retain the standard quality version or upgrade to HD.
The default for senders will remain standard quality, helping to avoid immediate storage concerns from an influx of images in group chats.
WhatsApp releases channel features for broadcast messages for organisations and businesses
Meanwhile, in another report, WhatsApp and Instagram have rolled out a broadcast-based messaging feature called Channels on WhatsApp, much like the recent update it announced on Instagram as it experiments with giving more conversational avenues to its users.
The company also aims to monetize the feature in the future. Admins’ phone numbers won’t be visible on the channels.
Channels will appear on the new WhatsApp feature in a new tab called Updates.