WhatsApp will soon allow users to Share high quality Videos
WhatsApp is testing allowing users to decide to share videos in
high-quality, according to a report. The new feature is said to be
a part of a WhatsApp for Android beta release. WhatsApp users
at present don’t have the option to decide on what exactly
the quality of videos they wanted before sharing them with their
contacts. The instant messaging app currently has a maximum
file size of 16MB for all media forwarded through its platform.
WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp for Android beta
version 18.104.22.168 has been released with the feature called
‘Video upload quality’ that will allow users to choose which
quality they want to pick for video sharing. A screenshot shared
by WABetaInfo suggests that users would get ‘Auto (recommended)’,
‘Best quality’, and ‘Data saver’ as the three preset options to choose from.
The ‘Auto (recommended)’ option would detect the best compression
algorithm for specific videos, while the ‘Best quality’ would be
to force WhatsApp to send videos in their highest available resolution.
However, the ‘Data saver’ option would be specifically for people
who don’t have a high bandwidth network and are fine
to share videos in their compressed form.
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Users switching to the ‘Best quality’ option may need to wait for a
longer time for the videos to reach their contacts on WhatsApp,
depending on the network speed they have and the hardware
they are using. However, it would enhance the resolution
to provide a better viewing experience.
WhatsApp may provide the reported feature under its Storage
and data settings. It is also important to note that the feature
is currently under development and is likely to be
available through a future update.
At this moment WhatsApp doesn’t allow users to send videos that
are over 16MB in size, which is equal from about 90 seconds
to three minutes, as the company has mentioned on its FAQ pages.
It is unclear whether that size limit will continue to be in
place when the new high-resolution feature debuts.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp was spotted testing a ‘View Once’ feature
for images and videos that disappear after they are seen.
That feature appeared on WhatsApp for Android beta version 22.214.171.124.