Since 2010 the now Facebook-owned photo app Instagram has managed to amass 300 million users worldwide but the 30+ billion images shared have until now only been at just 640×640 pixels. Now Instagram are increasing the resolution of images to 1080×1080 making them much more suitable for viewing on the super-high resolution screens of many new phones and tablets.
It’s good news for anyone who wants maximum detail in their selfies of photos of their dinner and the update will be rolled out gradually to users. 5 years ago 640×640 wasn’t a bad resolution as most phone cameras took much lower resolution photos and the screens they displayed them on would rarely be more than 480px wide anyway. With phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 having 1440px wide displays the increase should maybe be even greater. There still has to be a quality vs file screen consideration however as many users will be using Instagram on the move so images need to download quickly and not eat up mobile data allowances.
Instagram is massively popular around the world with over 70% of users based outside the USA and the 70 million photos uploaded everyday receive a massive 2.5 billion likes. A large percentage of those users are on the Android platform but have long got the short of the straw with images uploaded by Android users being lower quality than those uploaded from iOS devices. This new update is said to finally put Android users’ upload quality on par with their iOS counterparts.
Via: The Verge