Facebook announces 4K photo sharing “That’s why today, we’re excited to share that people can send and receive photos in Messenger at 4K resolution — or up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image — the highest quality many smartphones support. We heard that people want to send and receive high-resolution photos in Messenger — and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month — we’re making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever,” say Sean Kelly & Hagen Green, Product Managers, Messenger on the blog post.
The new 4K resolution photo sharing comes after notable updates like Messenger finally making the decision to kill off their awful custom emoji, real-time location sharing, playable Spotify links directly inside chats, and even the ability to place online deliveries. Now if Facebook could just improve the quality of photos hosted on their actual site to something above potato quality, they’d really be onto something
4K photos are only available in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore and South Korea, with more countries being added in the coming weeks. To take advantage of the new 4K photos, make sure you update to the latest version of Messenger that’s currently available in the Google Play Store. The link provided below.
The company says this is the highest quality “many” smartphones support. Messenger’s previous limit was 2K.
“We heard that people want to send and receive high resolution photos in Messenger — and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month — we’re making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever,” said Messenger product managers Sean Kelly and Hagen Green.
“Your photos will also be sent just as quickly before, even at this new, higher resolution.”
The update has started rolling out to Android and iPhone users in the UK, US, Canada, France, Australia, Singapore and South Korea, and Facebook says it will come to more countries in the coming weeks.
The new 4K resolution is, however, unlikely to come to Messenger Lite, though the Independent is still awaiting confirmation from Facebook.
Messenger Lite is a streamlined version of the app, which cuts out most of Messenger’s unnecessary additional features, such as Stories and GIFs, and
The change is rolling out to Messenger now, though you may have to look closely at your smartphone screen to notice it. Here’s an example, provided by Messenger, of the difference 4k resolution makes.
Messenger users are already exchanging 17 billion photos a month, according to the company, so it’s certainly a change that will affect a lot of people.