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I love Instagram but have always had a first-world problem with¬†its paltry photo resolution. In today’s age of ultra-crisp mobile screens, 640-by-640 pixel images just don’t cut it anymore. Well, it took only a couple of years but Instagram just announced that it is rolling out support for bigger, crisper images on both iOS and Android.

‚ÄúWe’re rolling out 1080×1080 uploads (and higher-quality viewing) for Instagram on iOS and Android,‚ÄĚ Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger wrote¬†in a tweet today.

The company’s iPhone application¬†wasn’t updated today with support for uploading and viewing crisper photos so it’s likely a silent update on Instagram’s servers.¬†The¬†official company¬†blog did not¬†share details about the sharper¬†photography experience¬†at post time.

Krieger did not say if videos uploaded to Instagram will be getting a resolution bump as well.

For what it’s worth, an Instagram spokesperson told The Verge it¬†started ‚Äúgradually rolling out 1080 across iOS and Android‚ÄĚ last week, suggesting that this is¬†a silent backend update which shouldn’t require a new version of the mobile app.

As for Instagram’s rather limited web interface on the desktop, ‚Äúright now we are focused on mobile, with no plans to share on web.‚Äú I don’t care about the web interface much, but definitely wish Instagram updated their app icon and introduced the familiar pinch-to-zoom gesture to zoom in on images.

More important, with nearly three times the pixels versus the old 640-by-640 photos, an option to choose between browsing Instagram in low or high resolution mode would be much appreciated because cellular data usage is always a major concern on mobile.

If I were a betting man, which I am not, I’d wager that the team is continuing to neglect the iPad as Instagram still doesn’t¬†take full advantage of the tablet’s larger canvas.

Android fans should be delighted that the latest update adds a bunch of improvements to the image pipeline, resulting in better upload quality. The visual social network has long been criticized for over-compressing images coming from its Android app.

Instagram’s most recent update¬†on iOS has added noteworthy new features such as curated collections and place search, perhaps indicating that Facebook is aiming to position the mobile photography service as a Foursquare replacement for place¬†discovery.

Instagram runs natively on any iPhone and iPod touch compatible with iOS 7.0 or later. The app is optimized for the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes and sports a WatchKit component with a glance and an app for your Apple Watch.

Grab Instagram free of charge in the App Store.

Source: Mike Krieger