Twitter is testing new design for image viewing, with option to upload 4K images

Twitter has started testing improvements to image sharing and viewing for its iOS and Android apps. The new improvements include the ability to view larger images in the timeline, without having to open them first, and the ability to view and upload larger 4K images. This test does not apply to videos at the moment.

Twitter for iOS image updates

Image viewing and uploading improvements being tested by Twitter for mobile app

Currently, when users see images in their Twitter app’s timeline, they appear cropped and have to be tapped to view the full image. With the new test, Twitter will show the images in their original aspect ratio. An image may appear wider if it’s in landscape orientation or taller if it is in portrait orientation. This means that users might not be able to see more content at a particular time if their timeline contains a number of portrait images, so we imagine that Twitter might make this an optional feature, similar to how apps like Apollo do it.

Twitter is also testing new ways to upload and view higher-quality images. During testing, the app will allow users to upload up to 4K resolution images. Users who are in the test can go to their Twitter app settings and enable the new options in “Data Usage” to view and upload images in 4K quality. High-quality images will eat up data quicker than the smaller images that Twitter currently supports.

For now, these tests do not apply to videos. Users will still see cropped video thumbnails in their timelines, however, the video thumbnails give an indication of whether they are in landscape or portrait orientation. For videos, the only quality settings in “Data Usage” is “High-quality video”, and it does not seem like Twitter will be changing it anytime soon. Videos uploaded to Twitter have the poorest quality out of all the popular social media websites, so hopefully, this would be next on their list of updates.

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