Facebook Messenger was initially forced on us as a separate app to mild resistance. Eventually, the dichotomy of the platform was accepted and now Messenger is one of the most used communication applications there is.
One area of frustration in Messenger (and for me, much of Facebook in general) is the compression and limitations of images. Sending photos via the app had a limitation of 2K which in turn limited Messenger's usefulness as a tool for sharing. Today, Messenger is rolling out an update which changes the limitation to 4,096 x 4,096 (4K) which is the highest quality most smartphones can cater for.
Frankly, this change — while welcomed — is long overdue. In the press release for this update, Product Managers Sean Kelly and Hagen Green noted that more than 17 billion photos are sent through Messenger every month. As photographers, we're fully aware of the merits of high resolution, and while Messenger still won't be able to support DSLR native resolutions, it's a step in the right direction for image sharing and previews.
Starting today, once you have updated the Messenger app on your iPhone or Android phones, people in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea will be able to send and receive 4K photos, with the update being rolled out in other countries over the coming weeks.
Will this affect how you use the app? How do you find Facebook and Messenger handle a photographer's needs?