After the 2.18.234 Android beta update, WhatsApp has developed a new important feature that introduces a Picture in Picture mode for viewing videos hosted on particular platforms.
The feature wasn’t available for the public in that version for development reasons, so WhatsApp had to add improvements for it before enabling it for everyone, but today we’re happy to do an announcement!
- You need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.301 Android beta update, in order to use the Picture in Picture mode.
- Read later to discover if the feature is already enabled for you and please report us on Twitter if it correctly works.
- If you have already updated but you don’t see the feature, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp if you don’t want to wait more.
Every time you reinstall WhatsApp, the most updated configurations from the server are downloaded, enabling the feature for you.
AVAILABLE TODAY FOR ANDROID USERS
Since today, WhatsApp is rolling out for all Android users (having Android 4.4 and newer) the Picture in Picture feature!
Let’s find out together how the feature works.
Thanks to the new Picture in Picture mode, you are able today to play videos hosted on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Streamable right within WhatsApp!
When you send/receive a link of one of these services on WhatsApp, you have now the possibility to play the video in Picture in Picture Mode:
When you tap the play icon, WhatsApp will show you the video in Picture in Picture mode, so you can continue to navigate in the chat while you’re playing the video:
Unfortunately, when you switch to another chat, the PiP disappears. This doesn’t happen on iOS, so we count to see an update for Android that will fix this small issue.
The same is applied when you see an Instagram or Facebook Video on WhatsApp.
Futhermore, I have personally discovered the compatibility with Streamable videos.
I don’t know why WhatsApp doesn’t mention this service, but you can send this link to your friends to test it: https://streamable.com/agcgv
Let us know on Twitter if you like this feature and read our next announcements on our Telegram Channel!
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