For certain Samsung Galaxy owners, WhatsApp’s latest update comes with a hefty price tag.
IF YOU LIKE SENDING MOVIES TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY, YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK YOUR SETTINGS ON YOUR GALAXY S20 AND S21 WHEN THE NEW WhatsApp UPDATE LANDS ON YOUR DEVICE.
WhatsApp is working on a major update that could have both positive and negative implications for Samsung Galaxy S20 and S21 users. The popular chat app is poised to let its billions of users send top-notch quality videos across its platform, according to the ever-reliable staff at WABetainfo, who scour through impending releases and new features.
Currently, when you want to send a funny video of your cat to a friend, WhatsApp crunches the file to make it easier and less memory-hungry to send across the internet. However, in the future, you may be able to send videos in the highest possible quality from your phone.
WABetainfo shared a screenshot of the new setting, which includes options like Auto, Data Saver, and Best Quality.
WhatsApp will automatically suggest that users select “Auto,” which provides the best image without a large file size, but if you select “Best Quality,” your contacts will be treated to the full pin-sharp movie you captured on your phone.
Obviously, this is fantastic if you want your family to witness a magnificent sunset you just captured, but it could use up a lot of data.
Both the S20 and S21 are capable of filming footage in stunning 8K resolution, which is four times higher than 4K and eight times more than ordinary HD.
It’s great stuff, but with that much detail packed into the image, 8K takes up a lot of capacity.
In fact, according to SamMobile, sending a two-minute 8K video can consume up to 1.2GB of bandwidth.
If you do it too often, your mobile network may give you a text warning that your monthly data is running out and you need to purchase more.
Adding more internet access is never inexpensive unless you have an unlimited SIM card in your phone, so Samsung customers should double-check their WhatsApp settings when the update is officially published.
There’s no information on when this new movie-sending option will be available; WABetainfo reports that it’s currently in the testing phase.