WhatsApp working on picture-in-picture mode for Android WhatsApp will soon roll out the much-awaited Picture-in-Picture mode for Android users. This mode will let users play YouTube and Instagram in a small box in the PiP mode. However, it is said that this feature is yet to be officially rolled out as there are some developmental issues.
WhatsApp working on picture-in-picture mode for Android
WhatsApp is working on a much anticipated “picture-in-picture mode” for Android platform. The feature once rolled out, will allow users to continue the video call on a minimized screen while browsing through the rest of their conversation
As per the WaBetaInfo report, the messaging platform is getting ready to launch picture-in-picture videos on Android. The new feature that will arrive on Android devices, will let WhatsApp users play videos from Instagram and YouTube in a small window within the messaging app itself. It essentially means you will not need to go to Instagram or YouTube apps to view a video sent by a contact.
According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the messaging app has recently submitted a new update through the “Google Play Beta Program”, bringing the version up to 2.18.234.
What is the PiP mode?
It is basically a multi-window mode that allows users to play videos in playback as well as navigate between the apps. The floating window can be dragged anywhere on the screen.
WhatsApp has been testing this feature for a very long time. According to WaBetaInfo, a fan site of WhatsApp, PiP mode in WhatsApp will allow users to play Instagram and YouTube videos in WhatsApp. PiP mode is already available for WhatsApp for iOS.
How will the Pip mode work inside WhatsApp?
# WhatsApp working on picture-in-picture mode for Android
# When the picture-in-picture feature is available on WhatsApp for Android, you will be able to see a White-colored Play icon on any YouTube or Instagram video link shared on the messaging app.
# You will have to tap on the icon and the video will pop-up in a small box inside the app.
# This is for both Instagram or YouTube videos. However, it doesn’t work for videos posted on Instagram Stories.
# This box can be expanded or placed anywhere within the app itself.
# Meanwhile, you will be able to continue texting with your contacts.
Which other apps that support PiP mode?
PiP mode is available on several apps like Netflix, Google Maps, Telegram, and Google Duo. Android Oreo 8.0 also supports PiP mode.
YouTube also this year rolled out the PiP mode for its Android users. A PiP toggle is present inside the YouTube settings. All that users have to do is enable the mode from the settings and then tap the home button while watching a YouTube video.
As per the WaBetaInfo report, Instagram Stories will not be made available for the picture-in-picture mode initially. So, only the YouTube videos can be watched in the PiP mode within WhatsApp.
The feature is under works and is expected to launch by the end of this month. However, since it has already been implemented in the iOS app, so it should be available for Android soon.