Facebook has announced its updating its Messenger messaging service with the ability to send higher-resolution photographs. What’s known as “4K” to the company, Facebook now lets you send up to 4096×4096 pictures to others using the app whereas before you could only send 2K photos. The update is going live starting today.

We’re making significant investments in how people communicate visually on Messenger. That’s why today, we’re excited to share that people can send and receive photos in Messenger at 4K resolution — or up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image — the highest quality many smartphones support. We heard that people want to send and receive high resolution photos in Messenger — and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month — we’re making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever.

Your photos will also be sent just as quickly before, even at this new, higher resolution.

Many may wonder whether they’ll be able to tell the difference between 4K and lower-resolution photos, and Facebook says the difference is definitely noticeable. Below is a good depiction of the feature in action.

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To get the feature on your device, go and update the Facebook Messenger app on your iPhone or Android. Facebook says it’s hitting those in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. Additional countries will see the feature at a future date.

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Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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