WhatsApp is presently establishing a method for users to send out images in their initial resolution without affecting quality.
WABetaInfo, which found the function (opens in brand-new tab), reports users will have the ability to pick photo quality through a brand-new Settings menu situated in the app’s drawing tool. The existing variation of WhatsApp does enable you to pick “Highest” prior to sending out images to keep the resolution high, however it still compresses files – simply to a lower degree in order to offer a quick information transfer time. However still, having that newly found level of control will be particularly useful in circumstances where the quality of a picture is essential, as WABetaInfo explains. Not much else is known about the feature, but it’s probably safe to say sending images in their original resolution will most likely increase data transfer time, download time, and the amount of space needed on a device to store said files.
As stated earlier, the original image resolution feature is in development so it won’t be a part of any upcoming WhatsApp betas or launch anytime soon. It’s also worth pointing out that the update was discovered on the Android version of WhatsApp with no mention of whether or not the original image resolution feature will arrive for iOS.
WABetaInfo also uncovered new shortcuts for WhatsApp mobile (opens in new tab). These shortcuts will allow group chat admins “to quickly and easily perform actions… [and] simplify some interactions with group members”. The full extent of this feature is unknown, but according to one example, admins can choose to highlight phone numbers whenever someone joins or leaves a group chat. Additionally, admins can create a new context menu for themselves for certain actions like privately calling chat participants or adding them to their contacts.
These shortcuts will be particularly useful when dealing with massive groups. Back in November 2022, WhatsApp launched Communities: large-scale chats that can house 1024 participants. With chats that big, admins need all the tools they can get to manage everything. This shortcut function will definitely be a major boon for them.
And unlike the initial image quality function, the faster ways are currently available for both Android and iOS through their respective WhatsApp betas. Unfortunately for iPhone owners, the TestFlight program for WhatsApp (opens in brand-new tab) is no longer accepting newcomers. If you’re already a participant, you can just download the beta, no problem. Android users can still join the Google Play Store beta program (opens in brand-new tab), however.
2023 is slated to be a huge year for WhatsApp. January alone has actually seen WABetaInfo expose a lots of beta functions for the messaging app like the capability to tape-record statuses with your voice and a revamped chat transfer that eliminates Google Drive from the formula. Make sure to take a look at TechRadar’s current WhatsApp beta protection.