WhatsApp started to release the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode to watch videos in the stable version of the app for Android phones. The functionality allows users to view shared movies, via links, in miniature. In this way, it is possible to check the content received while exchanging messages with friends via the messenger. The feature has been available for iPhone (iOS) devices since January and was being tested on the Google operating system, through the beta version of the platform.
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WhatsApp releases PiP mode for stable version of the Android app Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo
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In order to have new access, which works both in individual conversations and in group chats, it is necessary to have the most recent version of the application (v.2.18.380) installed on the cellphone, know how to update. The function does not require the installation of any extra plugins or changes in the configuration of the app. Through the small window, the user is able to pause, play, slide up or down the display and activate full screen mode. To close, just click on the "x" located in the upper left corner or push the screen sideways or down.
PiP mode in use in WhatsApp, during conversations in the messenger Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
PiP mode works only within the chat window where the link was shared, so it is not possible to continue watching the video and respond to a different contact. The function, however, is not activated with video files shared in the program, but only from URLs of services such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Support for WhatsApp testing has been testing video viewing by notification on Apple smartphones since last month. If implemented, the feature allows accessing the audiovisual file without having to open the conversation, that is, the double blue check will not be activated (see how to disable) and the message remains "in view" for the sender.
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