A new report has revealed that WhatsApp might soon accommodate the ability to watch a YouTube video within picture-in-picture view inside the app.
Here’s a first world problem; many of us love sharing YouTube videos through WhatsApp, though few of us enjoy the trip from app to app to watch a clip.
That could all change, however, as WABetaInfo has reported that WhatsApp is presently testing a new feature that will enable users to view YouTube videos not only in-line with the rest of a chat, but further within a picture-in-picture view.
WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp users may soon be able to use picture-in-picture mode to multitask within the app, or leverage the feature to play a YouTube video in full-screen within the app itself.
The report indicates that WhatsApp is presently testing the feature for iOS devices larger than the iPhone 5 – that is, the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 7 Plus – and presently no word has been offered if the instant messaging giant plans to offer the feature on either Android or Windows 10 Mobile.
This makes sense, given that Apple has offered picture-in-picture viewing as a feature on its mobile operating system since the debut of iOS 9. What remains interesting, however,
What remains interesting, however, is that WhatsApp has aligned itself more closely with YouTube – which is an odd decision giving Facebook’s recent push into video and live broadcasts.
Facebook, however, has been fairly stringent on retaining videos on its own platform – meaning that the company isn’t prepared to officially align WhatsApp with its own video strategy just yet.
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