WhatsApp Messenger, the cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook is rolling out PIP mode for android today. The PIP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. Your app can move a video into PIP mode when the user navigates back from the video to browse other content. This is an extremely important feature for users who prefer extensive multitasking activities.
The content received on WhatsApp generates a link directed to third party sites. While this still holds true for web links and other URLs but now the application has the ability to handle videos in the application itself without redirecting out of the chat screen. This is a convenience keystone for multiple YouTube share links. Unfortunately, when you switch to another chat, the PiP disappears. This doesn’t happen on iOS, so we count to see an update for Android that will fix this small issue. This applies to Facebook and Instagram videos as well.
You need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.301 Android beta update, in order to use the Picture in Picture mode.
WhatsApp is also rolling out a beta version with the Swipe to Reply functionality. This feature was already available to the iOS platform and will soon roll out in public after passing the beta phase. Those who are already registered on the WhatsApp Beta programme can head over to Google Play Store to download the latest version and start using the feature. This new feature was first spotted by WABetaInfo. The report further states that the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.282 includes a new feature that shows a “more” button in the group info tab for viewing more than 10 participants. Last month, the site reported that the feature is under development.
While all this addition to functionality is a step forward in daily convenience, it might also be the foundation to introduce the ad generation hosts to the app. While it already hosts profiles of several business franchises that are capable of receiving our profile details for access under our supervision, it may soon preview ads to generate revenue.
If all this functionality comes with no catch, it’s a great update. However if ads are the next thing to be introduced to this extremely popular cross platform messaging app then convenience is a hefty cost. You can check out the original source here.