Twitter is rolling out full-sized image previews for Android and iPhone users. The new feature enables users to view full images up to 4K image quality, without images getting vertically cropped. The new image settings not only lets users upload photos on Twitter in its entirety but also lets users preview the picture in the tweet composer. The new update is being hailed by artists and video creators on the platform, who are now sharing their vertical art, which used to get cropped before the feature was introduced.
“no bird too tall, no crop too short. introducing bigger and better images on iOS and Android, now available to everyone,” Twitter noted on the platform.
no bird too tall, no crop too short
introducing bigger and better images on iOS and Android, now available to everyone
— Twitter (@Twitter) May 5, 2021
Twitter users on Android and iOS can enable the settings to upload a full resolution, un-cropped picture by following the given steps”
— Open the Twitter app.
— Go to Settings and Privacy.
— Go to Data usage.
— Choose ‘high-quality uploads’ under the Images section
— Select options from WiFI only or for mobile data and WiFi.
— Turn the setting on for ‘high-quality images’ setting to see images uploaded by others up to 4K for mobile data and WiFi or WiFi only.
“Today’s launch is a direct result of the feedback people shared with us last year that the way our algorithm cropped images wasn’t equitable,” CNet quoted a Twitter spokesperson. Twitter has been called out in the past on charges of racial bias in its photo preview generator. Twitter has noted that very wide or tall images will still be center-cropped by default but that Twitter is working on it.
Twitter first tested the feature in March noting that users will not be required to expand an image on their timelines to view in its entirety after the update. The new feature, however, will take away the ability of users to post “open for a surprise” images that were popular on the platform. Twitter for desktop already could view images in full resolution.
Twitter has also acquired an ad-free reading service Scroll as the micro-blogging site looks to build and shape a future subscription service on Twitter. Scroll allows users to read articles without the ads, pop-ups, and other clutter giving readers clean access to just the content. Twitter notes that publishers who work with Scroll can bring in more revenue than they would from traditional ads on a page. Further, Twitter has enabled the ability to host spaces for Android users with over 600 followers.
WhatsApp introduced a similar feature
The bigger image preview on Twitter is similar to WhatsApp‘s recent change on both Android and iOS.
Now, the popular messaging app also allows people to view bigger photos and images in a chat so that they don’t have to especially tap on the sent media to see what’s in store.
This again isn’t a major change. But helps in convenient usage. The feature was previously announced only for iOS but has now reached all Android and iOS users globally.