Facebook and other messaging services are making messaging with images, stickers, and gifs a big part of how we communicate. Snapchat essentially made this popular, by making images the sole focus of messaging when it first debuted. Microsoft’s Skype, WhatsApp and Instagram now also include tools to send messages and make it easier to share captured images directly between friends.
Facebook’s Messenger app also makes it really easy to share pictures, with an in-app camera, a gallery button for easy access to photos and more, it’s almost hard to not share photos when its so easy.
The firm is making the service better for users and bumping the resolution up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels. Essentially 4K imaging support.
“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”, two Facebook Messenger PMs explained in a blog post, “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.”
This imaging update won’t be available to all just yet. Facebook is rolling it out to the USA, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea from today, and it will be made available to other countries in the coming weeks.