After releasing continuous audio playback on Android, WhatsApp is now testing a measure to improve video playback in Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode. The news was noticed in the latest beta version of the Android application.
According to WABetaInfo staff, when a video is put into PiP mode, WhatsApp will now continue to play the material outside of the source chat. This gives the user the freedom to browse other conversations or even leave the application.
So, it seems, the messenger team finally heard one of the biggest complaints from users. That’s because, despite being a “hand in hand”, the PiP mode of the application was very limited and required the user to remain “stuck” to a conversation window. See an example below:
Another important point of improvement is that the video window can be resized and positioned anywhere on the smartphone screen. In this way, the messenger will finally take advantage of Android’s ability to perform this type of task in the background.
For now, the novelty is only available in the beta (2.19.177) of the messenger. With this, it is still not possible to know when the resource will be taken to the public version. Even so, it’s important to note that developers are eyeing user feedback.