You will soon be able to watch YouTube clips within your WhatsApp chat app, The Independent reports. The new feature, which is still being tested by the company’s engineering team, will take open and take over your entire screen.
The report adds that you can only do one thing at a time—the app forces you to watch video or see your messages. In other words, you won’t be able to do both [watch YouTube clips and read your chat messages] at the same time. What this means is that you have to keep switching between the two app just to keep using the new feature.
However, people with split-screen functionality won’t have any issue using the new feature as they can view both apps with ease. The feature, like I said, is still being tested, and a couple of tweaks still need to be made before it gets a wider rollout; perhaps in the near future.
For now, the feature is hidden somewhere within the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS that will soon be officially available for download. WABetaInfo reports that you will be able to view YouTube videos-in-picture mode right within your WhatsApp chat app once the latest version is available for download.
You will be able to drag the video window around without pausing or stopping it. This will enable you to have a proper view of your messages, and to also resize it with a pinch, while also view it in full-screen mode if that’s what you want to do.
The report didn’t add any info on whether an Android version is being worked upon or when it will become available if indeed one is in the making. For iOS users, the feature will only be available on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Recently, WhatsApp upgraded a feature that lets you send any type of file. This marked a significant shift from the way we have always used the chat app. Everyone will now be able to send video/audio, PDF, images, and Word documents in addition to images.
Last month, we brought you a report that the feature was being used by a few WhatsApp users as it was still being tested. The small number of users that tested the new feature were able to share all kinds of files including APK while the test lasted. One very interesting news, which we didn’t bring you the other time is that the feature is also now available on the web version of the app.
Perhaps, we should also let you know that you will now be able to select photos and videos straight from the camera screen. This is due to a new carousel of images from your gallery in the interface.
The new feature has already started rolled out to WhatsApp users on both iOS and Android operating systems.