WhatsApp may soon support YouTube with picture-in-picture view

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.
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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.

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A YouTube video ready for playback inside WhatsApp. Source: WABetaInfo

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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