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WhatsApp is working on a setting that will allow users to bypass its dubious image compression and send photos and videos as faithfully as possible. The “better quality” option will likely join the “automatic” and “data saver” options in a future version of the app.

It appears that users will eventually have the option to compress photos and videos to perhaps save on their data allowance, sending them at the best quality available or let WhatsApp automatically select the optimal compression level for the files.

The setting is present in a WhatsApp update submitted to the Google Play Beta Program, as discovered by WABetaInfo. The options are likely to arrive in the public Android version of the app, although it is unclear when, they are currently in development. The additional image quality options are likely to come to iOS as well, as WhatsApp generally keeps the same features on both platforms.

This could be good news for those who don’t use the standard messaging apps on iOS or Android and often share photos and videos of loved ones (Apple Messages retains the original image quality most of the time). Meanwhile, multi-device support is also on its way to WhatsApp.


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