More than three years after the introduction of the Picture-in-Picture mode, WhatsApp is now upgrading it with a slight change.
As seen in the latest beta version, WhatsApp’s Picture-in-Picture mode has a status bar set at the bottom. This includes the play/pause button, expand and close options, which were previously overlaid on the video stream.
Picture-in-Picture Mode Upgrade
Just when we’re thinking WhatsApp isn’t doing much to improve the user experience, the Facebook-owned instant messenger is bringing a slight upgrade to the Picture-in-Picture mode of WhatsApp.
The Picture-in-Picture mode is a needed feature, introduced in 2018, and lets users watch any YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook video shared by others in a small window. Since this streaming window is overlaying, this can be moved to any part of the screen and helps you stay in the chat.
Now, as seen by the WaBetaInfo in WhatsApp beta v184.108.40.206, the Picture-in-Picture mode is getting a slight design change – having a dedicated status bar. This new section is housing the play/pause button, expand and close options, which were previously overlaid on the video stream.
With them getting out of the watch, you can have a better view of the video now. Since it’s in beta, you may see it soon in a stable rollout when WhatsApp makes it available. Apart from this, WhatsApp is working on other features like hiding last seen status from specific contacts, voice transcribing, finding local shops, etc.
WhatsApp has recently started supporting the transfer of data from iOS to Android, and vice versa. Moreover, it now encrypts the cloud backups of chat data. If you’re not seeing any of these yet, upgrade your app to the latest version, and wait for a few weeks to experience them.
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