Picture-in-Picture, Whatsapp will be rolling out a new feature that allows Youtube, Instagram video embed on the platform. The Picture-in-Picture feature will first be rolled out on Android devices, letting WhatsApp users play videos from Instagram and YouTube in a small window within the messaging app itself. It is a move to keep the user from leaving the app even if they have to play either Youtube or Instagram video
WABetaInfo had reported that WhatsApp is working on the feature, 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 can be expanded or placed anywhere within the app itself. Meanwhile, you will be able to continue texting with your contacts.
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. However, since it has already been implemented in the iOS app, so it should be available for Android soon.