We often talk about the great cameras that new flagships feature but the megapixel count rarely actually matters when you’re sharing with a social network. Instead, it’s the quality of the camera sensor that really matters in most cases, especially since popular networks such as Instagram were only publishing images in 640 x 640-pixel resolutions. That’s changing now.
Instagram recently started to store pictures in a 1080 x 1080-pixel resolution — still far below the full-size images phones are capable of, but a huge improvement from the 640 x 640 default. The change was first spotted by The Verge, which said that the images aren’t actually being published to the network in that resolution, but stored as such as if in preparation for an Instagram revamp.
The news outlet published several examples of the larger images, which were only available after digging into the code on Instagram’s website. It’s likely Instagram is preparing to announce a big overhaul with support for viewing and sharing in the higher resolution, perhaps in the “coming days or weeks,” The Verge said.