WhatsApp pushes out picture-in-picture mode to all Android users

WhatsApp pushes out picture-in-picture mode to all Android users
The first signs that WhatsApp is serious about bringing picture-in-picture mode to Android phones surfaced about two months ago when a beta version of the Android app included the fabled feature. 

While iPhone users benefit from the PiP mode since the beginning of 2018, it looks like Android fans had to wait almost one year to get it.

Oh, well, better late than never, so we're happy to report that if you run the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android phone, you'll be able to watch YouTube videos directly within the app. The same goes for Facebook and Instagram videos that your friends share with you in a WhatsApp conversation chat.

Whenever you get a video link in your WhatsApp chat window, you'll now have the option to watch it using the picture-in-picture mode without having to open a third-party app.

It's a simple but neat new feature to have in a messaging app, so we can't help but wonder why it took WhatsApp to make it available on Android devices.

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7 Comments

1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

I've had it on beta for a couple of months but still prefer videos (especially YouTube) to open in the YouTube app so I can control the quality.

3. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

What's App reason for this feature is to avoid handing control from Facebook (What's App's parent company) to Google when users visit a page or see a movie, and keep user's data to themselves.

2. gamehead unregistered

This is great for video chatting between ios and android

4. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Lol android just getting that?

5. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

GB Whatsapp is way ahead of time. Had this feature awhile now

6. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Seems like WhatsApp is always behind the times. It was late to add video calling, and now this. Viber has had all these feature and more well before WhatsApp. Not sure why WhatsApp is still as popular as it is, honestly.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

Because Viber is garbage.

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