Instagram users, we all share this one complaint – that the resolution of our posts never does the actual picture(s) any justice. Especially for Android users.

But soon, we can all stop complaining as Instagram has started addressing that very issue, as photos sent to the popular image sharing app are now being stored in a higher 1080 x 1080 size.


This change was first spotted by The Verge after doing a quick check of the source code on Instagram’s web view. It looks like new photos uploaded to it are being saved in 1080px resolution. After which, an Instagram spokesperson told The Verge that they’ve started “gradually rolling out 1080 across iOS and Android” last week, meaning that most people should already be seeing the higher-resolution images in the mobile app.

Of course, this is also excellent news for Android users, who have long felt like they’re always the “forgotten child” when it comes to Instagram updates. Android users, especially, have suffered from lower quality Instagram uploads as compared to iOS users.


This is largely due to the fact that Android devices come with a variety of screen sizes, hence the challenge for the Instagram engineers. Because of that, it defeats the purpose of having a good (Android) smartphone camera! And don’t even get us started on attempting to take nice, artsy shots – only to fail miserably.

Fret not, that’s all going to change too as Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger said via Twitter yesterday (7th July) that the latest update for Android also adds “a bunch of improvements to the image pipeline” meaning that users should also “see better upload quality”.

Mike also added that the changes won’t increase the amount of data transferred when loading Instagram posts, which is great news for everyone, especially those who’ve got capped data plans.

Yay, one step forward for image compressing technology!

Psst. Don’t forget to stalk us on Instagram. We can now confidently promise better pictures 😉

Sources: The Verge (1), The Verge (2), Instagram Engineering Blog, Mike Krieger’s Twitter.

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