Facebook launched a small update of Messenger this morning that makes the application a bit better to share photos and videos. In particular, it is adding support for 720p video. Unfortunately, this can not be captured from the application, for some reason, it seems that the camera built into the application will still be of lower resolution, but you can share higher resolution footage as long as it has been captured in advance. , either from the camera roll or the News Feed.
Messenger is also adding the ability to send 360-degree photos. Again, you will have to capture these photos outside Messenger, but now you can share them within the application. Messenger will convert them into images that can be dragged to see everything. Facebook itself has admitted 360-degree photos (and videos) for some time now, so I'm surprised that this feature was not available before.
Do not use the camera integrated in the application
Today's updates occur after a photo-quality update in November, which brought support for 4K images. The photos are compressed a bit, but I just tried a couple, and it's not very noticeable. Although, again, do not shoot with the camera integrated in the application, since the quality is much worse.
These are largely features and possibly features that Messenger should have already had, but it's worth remembering that Facebook is supposed to focus on reducing its chat application this year. In January, the leader of Messenger, David Marcus, admitted that the application had become too crowded and said that the company "would invest in simplifying and massively streamlining" the application. So far, we have not seen any sign of that happening.