Facebook's giving Messenger images an upgrade, with users able to send and receive 4K images, rolling out from this week.
As explained by Facebook:
“We’re making significant investments in how people communicate visually on Messenger. 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.”
The upgraded image capacity will provide more clarity on Messenger posted photos – for comparison, Facebook has provided a few examples, including this one of the Brooklyn Bridge (4K resolution on the right).
Given the amount of images being sent via Messenger each month, the upgrade will no doubt be well-received. Facebook says that your images will sent just as quickly as before, while the improved clarity may also help Facebook as they work to improve their image recognition tools, which they’ve been developing for some time.
The sharper images will also help brands using Messenger create more professional looking feeds, which may help improve engagement.
4K images in Messenger will be rolled out, to both iPhone and Android users, in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea initially. 4K resolution will be rolled out to all regions within the coming weeks.