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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

WhatsApp to introduce default High-Definition photo sharing feature

This move follows a similar update from last year when WhatsApp introduced an option for sending videos in HD.

Users of WhatsApp have long faced challenges with the quality of photos and videos shared on the platform, often experiencing pixelation unless the HD feature was manually selected before sending. However, this issue is set to be resolved with an exciting new feature from Meta’s instant messaging app.

Enhancing Media Quality by Default

Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, is introducing a feature that will enable users to send photos in high-definition (HD) as the default quality, eliminating the need for manual selection. According to 9to5Mac, this update is aimed at offering enhanced convenience for WhatsApp users by allowing them to share high-quality media seamlessly. The feature will be available to both iOS and Android users and can be found under the “Storage and Data” menu in WhatsApp’s settings.

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Improved Image Resolution

The new HD default setting will significantly improve the quality of shared images. While standard quality reduces photos to 960×1280 pixels, HD preserves the original resolution of 3024×4032 pixels for photos taken with an iPhone. Although the images are still compressed even with the HD option turned on, the compression is much less aggressive, resulting in higher quality photos than previously observed.

Extending the HD Feature to Videos

This move follows a similar update from last year when WhatsApp introduced an option for sending videos in HD. With this feature enabled, the app sends videos in 720p resolution instead of the standard 480p. It’s worth noting that the new setting for choosing the default quality will also apply to videos, further enhancing the user experience for sharing high-resolution media.

Enhancements to Group Calls and Video Chats

In addition to the improvements in media sharing, WhatsApp is also rolling out several new features designed to enhance group calls and video chats. Originally a text-only platform, WhatsApp has continuously evolved its call functionality since its introduction in 2015. One major update includes expanding video calls to accommodate up to 32 participants, a feature that was previously limited to voice chats. This makes WhatsApp comparable to Apple’s FaceTime in terms of participant capacity, benefiting users for virtual meetings and gatherings.

Addressing Call Quality

Meta has addressed call quality on older devices and in areas with weak network signals by implementing a new codec called MLow. This codec improves call reliability and reduces background noise and echo, ensuring better audio quality. The speaker spotlight feature, which highlights the current speaker’s profile at the top of the screen, will help manage the potential chaos of large video calls.

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Meta confirmed that these updates would be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks. While specific regions for the initial rollout have not been disclosed, the enhancements promise a more seamless and high-quality communication experience for WhatsApp users worldwide.