It looks like a good day for avid social media users as Instagram updates to 1080×1080 pixels, almost doubling their previous resolution 640×640. The photo sharing service has taken a step into the rapid stream of technology and improved on the support of quality pictures uploaded onto their website.
Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has gained around 300 million users active monthly. It is one of the most popular social media apps, bought by Facebook for a an astounding one billion dollars in 2013, only three years after its launch.
An Instagram spokeswoman has declared that the update should already be available to everyone soon enough. It will roll out gradually, but no confirmation has been made on when it started or when it will end, perhaps not to raise the questions of why some are lagging behind.
However, all users are to be rest assured that they will be able to upload their favorite photos in higher quality and get better prints.
The pictures should look sharper and clearer as the update is progressively coming to all Android and iOS users. Unfortunately, no word has been given on when a desktop version of the upgrade will be available for laptops or computers.
The change has been stated to have been active since last week and users should not be surprised that they haven’t noticed it. It did not come in the form of an app update in their notifications corner, but a patch for the company’s website, and that has met a few issues.
The default view is still of 640×640 pixels, but Instagram users can venture into the website’s HTML code to view the larger, better quality versions of their pictures. It’s not as difficult as it sounds. With a few simple commands such as “View the source HTML code” and then a quick search for the “.jpg” will bring up the link to the 1080×1080 photo.
Still, an easier, instant way to preview the pictures at a higher resolution should be coming soon.
This upgrade has been awaited for a long time and should not come as a surprise with the advancement of features in mobile phones. With the rise and popularity of smartphones, most mobile cameras have surpassed the limitations of 640×640 pixels and moved on to much higher quality images.
Perhaps it only stands as reasonable in the eyes of active users for Instagram to do the same, though it’s only a matter of time before a general opinion is formed. The higher quality and larger size images will have a bit slower upload time and it remains to be seen if protests to the update will be voiced out, though it’s doubtful in a time where decent quality WiFi is available at every street corner.