WhatsApp may soon allow users to share high-resolution videos

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Facebook-owned messenger app, WhatsApp has been experimenting on allowing users to choose the quality of the video to be shared.

According to reports, the new feature is part of a WhatsApp for Android beta version. Currently, the maximum file size for all media forwarded through the instant messaging software is 16MB.

According to WABetaInfo (Whatsapp Beta Information), WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.21.14.6 has been launched with the new feature called “Video upload quality,” which allows users to choose the video quality they want to share. WABetaInfo also said customers will have three preset options to choose from: “Auto (recommended),” “Best quality,” and “Data saver.”

The first option is the Auto mode, which lets WhatsApp automatically detect the best compression algorithm for specific videos. In the second option, the Best quality, WhatsApp will send the video in the best quality available depending on the network speed, and in the Data saver option, Whatsapp will compress the video size.

WhatsApp has certain limitations when it comes to sending high-quality videos. High-resolution videos received via WhatsApp are frequently reduced and sent as a document. This is where Rich Communication Service (RCS)-enabled messaging applications to outperform WhatsApp because they clearly enabled users to send high-quality videos.

Another feature that WhatsApp was spotted developing was real-time waveforms in voice messages. The WhatsApp features tracker revealed recently that WhatsApp will now start displaying real-time voice waveforms when you record a new voice message.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp was spotted testing a ‘View once’ feature for images and videos that would disappear after they were seen. That feature appeared on WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.21.14.3. 

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