WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 22.214.171.124. The version marked within WhatsApp Settings is 126.96.36.199 and the TestFlight build is 22.24.0 (425288890).
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing a picture-in-picture mode for video calls to some lucky beta testers!
Name of the feature?
WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 is marked as a compatible update but some lucky beta testers may be able to get the same feature after installing one of these updates from TestFlight: 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11.
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I have the same version but I don’t have this feature, why?
This feature has been released to some beta testers. If it is not available for your account, please wait for a future update.
The beta program is closed. Check out TestFlight or Twitter to discover when it's available.
After releasing some improvements to recognize WhatsApp for Android as a companion device and the ability to search for messages by date, a new feature about WhatsApp calling is now available for some beta testers that install the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 18.104.22.168 update from the TestFlight app: the picture-in-picture mode for WhatsApp video calls!
As you can see in this screenshot, you can use other apps while placing a video call on WhatsApp: this is exactly what you need to try if you want to discover if the feature is already enabled for your WhatsApp account. In case the feature is available for your account, a picture-in-picture view will immediately show up when you multitask with other apps. Since it uses official iOS APIs, you can also temporarily hide the video call view if you want.
Note that, even if this feature is compatible with iOS 15 and newer versions of iOS, we have no evidence that it is also enabled for users on iOS 15 at the moment: our tests confirmed that this is currently working on at least iOS 16.1 and later so it may be one of the features supported by the update that brings the official support for iOS 16.
The picture-in-picture mode for video calls has been released to some lucky beta testers after installing the latest beta update from the TestFlight app, and it is also compatible with the latest WhatsApp Business beta app. As always, this feature will be released to more users over the coming days.
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