WhatsApp has introduced a new Picture in Picture mode for viewing videos hosted on different platforms, WABetaInfo reports. The feature becomes available to every user after a couple of improvements and can now be downloaded from the Play Store; but not until you have updated to version 2.18.301 Android beta.
With Picture in Picture mode, you will be able to play videos hosted on sites like YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook directly within the WhatsApp app on your phone. The feature makes it possible to play video of links sent or received by you within the app.
As soon as you tap the play icon, WhatsApp will show you the video in Picture in Picture mode. This enables you to navigate in the chat while the video continues to play.
WABetaInfo reports that switching to another chat in Android makes the Picture in Picture to disappear, which is not the same for iOS users. Perhaps, WhatsApp will have this issue fixed in the next update.
WhatsApp continues to test and add new features; giving the app the edge over several other messaging app available today. The Picture in Picture mode will further endear the chat app to the hearts of millions of people all over the world.
In other news, WhatsApp is testing a new feature, which could soon be available to every user if all goes to plan. “Swipe to Reply” according to WABetaInfo, is not yet an official release, but could hit the Play Store as soon as all tests have been completed by the developers.
The Swipe to Reply feature was first introduced to the iOS version of WhatsApp some years ago, and will allow you to quickly reply a message just by using a gesture. The new feature, which is still being perfected, will probably replace or complement the existing one that lets you reply just by tapping and holding a chat to reply.
Users will likely prefer it since it is a lot faster and easier than the tap and hold version of replying to chats. If you want to reply a message, simple swipe right and WhatsApp will automatically load a message in the reply context.
From the pleasant to the not-so pleasant news, facts have emerged that Facebook had plans to sell ads on messaging app WhatsApp before it acquired the app four years ago. Brian Acton, one of the co-founder of WhatsApp left his position at Facebook in 2017 protesting the changes made by Facebook to the messaging app.
WhatsApp had no intention of selling ads when it was founded in 2009. It was an idea loathed by Brian Acton and Jan Koum—it was not their own idea of earning money.
According to Acton, Facebook had all along planned to share data between platforms. One of many of such plans according to Acton, was to bridge Facebook and WhatsApp accounts of 128-but string which denotes a user’s phone number. Another of such plans was to match phone numbers across platforms to link two accounts.