WhatsApp seems to be planning to add a Picture-in-Picture mode to the Web client, a few months after the feature was rolled out to mobile devices across the world. The WhatsApp Web feature will be rolled out with a future update, which is said to be adding an option for users to reply to messages privately in group messages.
The instant messenger company is not done yet when it comes to new features and updates. It is also rolling out Picture in Picture mode for videos on Android, as reported by WABeta Info. It has been mentioned that the feature comes a part of WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.18.301. The report adds that if you are already on the particular version number but are still not able to see the feature, you can simply back up your chat and reinstall WhatsApp.
Using the PiP or Picture-in-Picture mode, users can view videos from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Streamable inside WhatsApp while scrolling through the chat window. The feature gets triggered when you send or receive a link coming from one of the video services. Tapping on the video will automatically show you the picture-in-picture mode, making it easier to navigate through the rest of the chat.
It has been also mentioned that disappears as soon as the user switches to chat. This is not the case with the iOS version of WhatsApp. However, this feature might be fixed when it comes out of the beta phase.
It is worth adding that this feature comes a couple of days after the rollout of the ‘swipe to reply’ option on Android. The feature was already there for iOS users. The feature was spotted by WABetaInfo, the Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp’s beta builds. “WhatsApp is rolling out the Swipe to Reply feature on the 2.18.300 Android beta right now!” said the tweet.
The tweet has a GIF image which shows how the feature will work on Android devices. Currently, Android users tap and long press on a message to reply.