WhatsApp has had the picture-in-picture feature built-in to the app since 2018, and it lets users play YouTube and Facebook videos in a popped-out view to make watching easier and more comfortable. The feature makes conversations smoother as it lets users watch videos without leaving the conversation.
According to WABetainfo (via XDA-Developers), WhatsApp is testing a redesigned picture-in-picture mode that adds control bars to the floating video player. The control bar shows up on the bottom of the video, and it shows a play/pause button, a full-screen, and a close button. These buttons showed up in the center of the video previously, which didn’t provide a comfortable user experience as it meant that part of the content had to be covered up with your finger, and it was in the way of displaying media.
Android itself had a similar picture-in-picture built-in, although it was limited and not many applications took advantage of the functionality, and it was also briefly limited to YouTube Premium subscribers. Twitch has also implemented it, although many other third-party apps still lack the functionality.
The new picture-in-picture feature is available in the latest WhatsApp beta update, and the XDA author was able to get the feature enabled using the WhatsApp beta version 126.96.36.199. The new feature isn’t currently available in public, stable version of WhatsApp, and you’ll need to use the Beta software in order to take advantage of the redesigned feature.
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