WhatsApp adds picture-in-picture support for video calls

WhatsApp adds picture-in-picture support for video calls

WhatsApp has updated the stable version of the app with a couple of features that it added to the beta version a while back. Users can now enjoy PiP video calls and have text-only Status messages. We have already discussed the text-only status message feature before so we will just talk about PiP here.

PiP or picture-in-picture mode is a feature of Android Oreo that lets a video element continue to run in a small window even if the main app is minimized. WhatsApp takes advantage of this feature by letting you minimize your video call to a small window if you leave the main app and switch to something else on your phone.
The PiP functionality is only available on Android devices running Oreo.

You can see the full changelog for stable version 2.17.323 below:
• Now you can post text-only updates to your status and they'll be visible for 24 hours. Just tap the pencil icon in the Status tab, type what you'd like, and pick a background color or font of your choice.
• When in a video call, you can tap back to continue the video call in picture-in-picture mode (Android 8.0+).





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