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WhatsApp Introduces HD Photo Sharing Feature, Teases Upcoming HD Video Support: Here’s How it Functions.


WhatsApp has commenced the gradual rollout of HD photo sharing to all users of the chat application. Meta, the parent company, will be introducing this feature to users over the upcoming weeks. Through this latest update, WhatsApp users, spanning both Android and iOS platforms, will be able to exchange high-quality, high-resolution images within their chat conversations. This capability will extend to WhatsApp Web and desktop users as well, denoted by a subtle ‘HD’ icon accompanying the shared images. Furthermore, Meta has revealed that support for sharing HD videos will be arriving in the near future.

Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed the rollout of this feature through a Facebook post on Thursday. When including an image in a chat thread, users will encounter an HD icon option. The feature had been subject to testing earlier in the year, back in June, within the beta channel. While HD resolution images provide enhanced clarity, they also consume more data during transmission and occupy additional storage space in comparison to non-HD images.

How WhatsApp ‘HD photos’ works

It was unveiled by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo that even HD images will undergo slight compression. The default mode will feature the Standard non-HD option, requiring users to manually select the HD option whenever they intend to share a high-quality image.

Despite the announcement, Meta has not specified the degree of compression applied to HD photos, how they compare to transmitting images via Apple’s iMessage or other rival platforms.

It’s important to note that like other media shared on WhatsApp, HD photos will be safeguarded by end-to-end encryption. For recipients facing slower internet connections, there will be an option to download the standard version of the image.

Recently, WhatsApp also introduced a screen-sharing feature during video calls, adopting a layout reminiscent of platforms like Google Meet.


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