Facebook has unveiled new technology to let users send and receive 4K images via Facebook Messenger.

The technology giant claims that the update comes in response to growing demand with 17 billion photos shared via the app each month.

There have been increasing calls from users wanting to share these images at a higher resolution quality than previously provided.

Facebook released these before and after images to reflect the change in resolution that the update provides. The image on the left was shared at the default resolution of 2K while the image on the right reflects the new default resolution at 4K.

The update is now available for users in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, and South Korea who update the app on iPhone and Android.

In the coming weeks, Facebook is planning to roll out 4K resolution to additional countries.

The photos will be shared up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image, which is the highest quality that many smartphones support.

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Facebook claims that the new update should have no effect on the speed with which the images are shared.

What do you think of the update? Was this something that annoyed you when sharing your photos via the Facebook Messenger app? Or would you like to see higher-quality photos in the Facebook app itself? Let us know in the comments below.

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