Soon after empowering users with the ability to share any file type on the online messaging service, WhatsApp is now testing out a new feature which would let users view shared YouTube videos without leaving the app, in a picture-in-picture view.
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Currently, whenever users click on a YouTube link shared by one of their contacts, they’re redirected to the YouTube app where the video starts playing.
According to WABetaInfo, the new feature will allow users to watch the videos in PIP mode without needing to leave their chat window. Just tap on the video or video link and a small new pop-up will open on top of the WhatsApp conversation which will start the playback
The new in-app YouTube feature will have added functionalities such as expanding the video to full screen or hiding it for a while to continue the conversation before resuming playback. The video playback will disappear when you switch to a different chat window.
These new features are currently being tested on iOS devices, like many others have been before this, and a roll out to Android beta users seems likely in the coming weeks.
The report also mentions that even if this feature is rolled out to the masses on iOS, not a lot of users will be able to avail it since the current iPhone API does not support picture-in-picture feature — only iPad users will be able to use it.
Integrating YouTube video playback support on WhatsApp, if true, is a well thought out move as the billion-strong messaging service looks to move ahead in face of competition and adding such features that make life easier for the users will only add to its growing popularity.
WhatsApp also recently extended support for BlackBerry and Nokia S40 devices to December 31, 2017, and December 31, 2018, respectively.
The company also came under fire after the Electronic Frontier Foundation released their yearly review of how well top internet companies are handling their user data and found out that WhatsApp was one of the least secure services.