WhatsApp’s latest update now allows Instagram and Facebook video links to open in PiP mode.
Following last week’s F8 keynote address on WhatsApp from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the latest update for iOS has finally been released.
The chatting app’s update 2.18.51 brings the ability to watch Instagram and Facebook videos in-app. Which means users can now view those videos along with YouTube videos while on their chat window.
Previously, when a link from Instagram or Facebook is clicked, WhatsApp opens the respective app installed on their phone. Once you finish watching, you would have to click on the back button on the upper left corner to reopen the chatting app. Another way to go back would be to double press the home button to access the recently used apps list.
The picture-in-picture mode (PiP) also allows users to continue watching the video while navigating through the chat. The video bubble can be moved within the screen and comes with play/pause, close, and fullscreen buttons.
This PiP mode is described within the change log of the update but is not functional yet as of this writing. The feature however suggests that it would be enabled within the next few weeks.
At the F8 event, Zuckerberg also announced the group video calling feature will come to the app soon. Up to four friends can simultaneously join and see each other in split-screen mode. The app will also get support for third-party stickers created by developers in the near future.
If you can’t keep up with all your favourite videos and subscribed channels on YouTube, here’s some possible good news.
The leading video sharing website in now testing the picture-in-picture (Pip) mode for their website. If you’re not sure what this means, it basically allows you to watch videos that are currently playing even when you scroll down your screen. With PiP mode, the video you’re watching will be minimised to a “sizeable” size at the bottom right of your screen while you continue to browse your feed or search for other videos that you want to watch.
Sounds familiar now? Perhaps because you’ve already seen and used this feature in YouTube’s mobile app. If you’re a fan of social media, you might have also seen this on Facebook.
In a report in 9to5Google, users will be able to have some control over the videos including play/pause, replay or watch the next video in the PiP mode. The name or title of the video will be displayed at the bottom of the video and a full playlist is accessible through a button in the bottom-right corner.
It is important to note that this feature might only be available to YouTube Red subscribers and it is also unclear for now whether similar to the app, the picture-in-picture mode will be enabled by default or users will have the freedom to turn it on or off.
If this indeed gets rolled out to everyone, including non-YouTube Red subscribers, it will be quite helpful and convenient since most people are queuing their songs by having several tabs open.
This news comes in the wake of rumors about a new music subscription from YouTube and Google music. Let’s wait and see if this new feature that they’re currently testing is connected to that service. Our thoughts? Most likely!