WhatsApp is going to reveal a new feature on its platform to view Instagram, Youtube Videos in the app itself. Now users don’t have to jump over from one app to another to watch a Youtube video or view a new post update on Instagram.
WhatsApp has become the most preferred means of correspondence today. It is nearly ten years since the launch of the app and its reach has only been increasing with every passing day.
What is Whatsapp ?
Although I don’t think that anyone in this world doesn’t know what this app is all about. But still if there are someone out there, it will help them understand more about messaging service.
WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook.
In easy terms it is an encrypted way of communication with others in our contact list.
The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location.
The application runs from a mobile device though it is also accessible from desktop computers; the service requires consumer users to provide a standard cellular mobile number.
Originally users could only communicate with other users individually or in groups of individual users, but in September 2017 WhatsApp announced a forthcoming business platform which will enable companies to provide customer service to users at scale.
Features of Whatsapp
There is not a single month when you don’t hear an update from WhatsApp. It has launched an array of features recently ranging from group calls to new controls for the group chat. Let’s take a look at each of these recent updates:
1. Labeling forwarded messages:
WhatsApp now indicates which messages you receive have been came from a forward to you. This can help you know if your contact wrote the message or if it originally came from someone else.
2. Admin controls:
In group settings, there’s now a new control that allows admins to restrict who can change the group’s subject, icon, and description.
3. Media visibility:
WhatsApp allows you to control the media content that you want to see in your phone’s gallery.
There are some photos and videos which you may not be comfortable showing others at home. WhatsApp now allows you to download these media files in WhatsApp but prevent it from showing up in your phone gallery.
4. Send Messages:
This is another important (and dominating) feature that WhatsApp has launched. This allows only admins to send a message in the group. To enable this setting, go to Group Info> Group Settings > Send Messages and select Only Admins. WhatsApp says that the feature is helpful in case of important announcements and information.
5. WhatsApp group call:
One of the most important WhatsApp features of this year is the group call. WhatsApp now allows you to make group calls from the app. You can add up to four participants on the call in one time. Both voice and video call support this feature.
6. Demote admins:
This is another new group-centric feature that allows a group admin to demote the other admin in the group to a participant without removing that person.
To this long list of features it is going to add one more with the support for Android devices for it.
This mode will allow its users to view YouTube and Instagram videos in the WhatsApp app itself. This means, a YouTube or Instagram link sent on WhatsApp will not open on the YouTube or Instagram apps respectively on the user’s device. Instead, the videos will open in a small bubble in chat window of the user who has sent the link. However, do note that PiP mode will not work for Instagram Story links.
What is Picture – in-Picture Mode (PiP)?
PIP is a special type of multi-window mode which supports video playback. It lets the user watch a video in a small window pinned to a corner of the screen while navigating between apps or browsing content on the main screen.
Working of PIP window
The PIP window appears in the top-most layer of the screen, in a corner chosen by the system. You can drag the PIP window to another location. When you tap on the window two special controls appear: a full-screen toggle (in the center of the window) and a close button (an “X” in the upper right corner).
Examples of PIP Mode
Your app controls when the current activity enters PIP mode. Here are some examples:
- An activity can enter PIP mode when the user taps the home or recents button to choose another app. (This is how Google Maps continues to display directions while the user runs another activity at the same time.)
- Your app can move a video into PIP mode when the user navigates back from the video to browse other content.
- Your app can switch a video into PIP mode while a user watches the end of an episode of content. The main screen displays promotional or summary information about the next episode in the series.
- Your app can provide a way for users to queue up additional content while they watch a video.
To recall, WhatsApp PiP mode was rolled for iPhone users with YouTube integration, earlier this year in the version 2.18.11 of the app.
Recent developments towards PIP for Android
As per a WABetaInfo report, WhatsApp is working on the picture-in-picture mode for videos in the Android app. The messaging app has recently submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Programme, bringing the version up to 2.18.234. The report claims that the feature is currently not available due to “development reasons” and that it needs to receive several improvements before being officially available for all WhatsApp for Android users. However, the report adds that WhatsApp has been working for the last few months in order to add this feature and it may be available in one of the next few updates.
When the picture-in-picture feature is available on WhatsApp for Android, you will be able to see a White-coloured Play icon on any YouTube or Instagram video link shared on the messaging app. You will have to tap on the icon and the video will pop-up in a small box inside the app. This box is expandable and can flexible to be placed anywhere within the app itself. Meanwhile, you will be able to continue texting with your contacts.
What is not available for now?
The report notes that Instagram Stories will not be made available for the picture-in-picture mode initially. Currently, there is no information on the date of the launch of the new feature.