Photo messaging has been around for a long time, but as smartphone cameras get better and better, this form of ‘visual communication’ is only becoming more common. That’s why, earlier today, Facebook announced a major update to Facebook Messenger that doubles the resolution of the photos you send from 2K to 4K—or, more specifically, to a max of 4096 x 4096 pixels.
“We heard that people want to send and receive high resolution photos in Messenger,” reads the release from Facebook, “and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month, we’re making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever.”
And just in case you’re wondering: this resolution bump should not affect speed. According to Facebook, “your photos will also be sent just as quickly before, even at this new, higher resolution.”
Here are a few before and after samples that show what doubling the resolution from the previous 2K looks like IRL.
*The images on the left were reproduced to reflect the previous default resolution at 2K. The images on the right reflect the new default resolution at 4K
To take advantage of the new feature yourself, update your FB Messenger app to the latest version and every photo you send should automatically send at up to 4096 x 4096 pixels.
For now, the feature is limited to iPhone and Android users in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. Additional countries will be added in the ‘coming weeks.’
Making Visual Messaging Even Better – Introducing High Resolution Photos in Messenger
By Sean Kelly & Hagen Green, Product Managers, Messenger
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