Meta has just announced that it is finalizing the deployment of its new feature to send high definition videos to all users.
crisp and clear and smells in chat. we’re rolling out HD videos on WhatsApp. pic.twitter.com/J6fsGdqPIv
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) September 6, 2023
A few weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Meta, had unveiled on his Facebook account the arrival of an option to send photos in HD in the instant messaging application. He had also hinted that the option would arrive in stride for the videos, without however extending on a possible date of deployment.
This was already deployed to some users. We had also been able to see it on our two iOS and Android smartphones. The deployment of the function is now complete, it should therefore be available to all users, provided of course that they have downloaded the latest update of the application.
HD videos, but no more
If the photos are sent in their original definition when the option is activated, this is not the case for the videos. The new WhatsApp option allows you to send them in HD, but only in 720p. Whatever the definition of the video you choose to share in HD in WhatsApp, the application will limit its quality to a definition of 1280 x 720 pixels.
A very logical choice on the part of Meta since the weight of the videos captured with recent smartphones, sometimes in a 4K definition, can be substantial. Sharing videos in their original definition in WhatsApp would quickly saturate the storage of devices and would cause users to have to clean up the storage of the application more often. As a reminder, in standard quality, WhatsApp compresses videos in a definition of 476 x 848 pixels.
In an attempt to attract more and more users, WhatsApp has multiplied in recent months the introduction of new features in its messaging. Most of the time, the app tries to meet the long-standing demands of its users. Thus, a few months ago WhatsApp launched a new, long-awaited option to be able to use a WhatsApp account simultaneously on two different devices. A few weeks ago, the instant messaging application introduced, in beta version, the possibility of connecting several WhatsApp accounts in the same application.