Too many promises and more expectations as WhatsApp reportedly unveiled that they are working on a picture-in-picture video feature for Android. Unfortunately, this aren’t the first time we are hearing about this PiP feature as telegram already have it followed by whatsapp iOS version but android users still remains at the back sit.
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.
A report from WABetaInfo stated, WhatsApp is working on the picture-in-picture mode for videos in the Android app. The messaging app has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Programme, bringing the version up to 2.18.234. The report claims that the feature is currently not available due to “development reasons” and that it needs to receive several improvements before being officially available for all WhatsApp for Android users.
Once the picture-in-picture feature is officially available on WhatsApp for Android, you will be able to see a White-coloured 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 box can be expanded or placed anywhere within the app itself. Meanwhile, you will be able to continue texting with your contacts.
The report notes that Instagram Stories will not be made available for the picture-in-picture mode initially. Currently, there is no information on the date of the launch of the new feature. However, since it has already been implemented in the iOS app, the Android version will be available soon.