Image credit – WABetaInfo


The other day WhatsApp rolled out support for picture-in-picture videos for Android. This feature was previously available for iOS devices, but it later made its way to Android. However according to a report from WABetaInfo, it seems that the feature has found its way onto WhatsApp for web as well.

For those who are unfamiliar with the feature, picture-in-picture mode simply means that when you are sent a video, like a link to YouTube, instead of WhatsApp opening a separate browser window to play the video, it can play within the chat itself. The idea is that it is less disruptive and you can continue having your conversation while the video plays.

Now to be fair the concept of picture-in-picture actually makes more sense on phones which aren’t quite as good at multitasking compared to desktops, where you can do split screen views, or if you have a dual monitor setup then one monitor can be used for chats, the other for video, and so on.

However it is still quiet a handy feature all the same and we’re sure man welcome it. That being said, this seems to be a test of sorts for now so not all video sources are supported. WABetaInfo claims that this only works for shared videos at the moment, but they had previously been testing support for videos sent from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Streamable as well, which presumably should be enabled at a later date.

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