WhatsApp rolls out Picture-in-Picture video calling, text only status updates in latest update

By Shubham Sharma | Published on Sep 10 2017
WhatsApp rolls out Picture-in-Picture video calling, text only status updates in latest update
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The Picture-In-Picture (PiP) video calling mode allows users to multitask while video calling on the app. The second feature allows users to set text-only status updates.

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WhatsApp has rolled out two new features for its Android and iOS app. The first new feature is the Picture in Picture (PiP) function, which allows users to minimise a video call in progress, while handling messaging simultaneously, within the app. The feature, however, is only available for Android 8.0 devices. The PiP feature is a late addition to WhatsApp as apps such as Google Duo and Youtube already had the feature.

The other feature allows users to set text-only status updates. Till now, users had an option of setting a video or a photo as a 30-second short status. This feature allows users to choose a solid background color and add the text. Similar to the current status updates, the text status have a validity of 24 hours.

WhatsApp has been integrating new features for a while now and had recently announced WhatsApp for business. The service allows businesses to be verified which can be recognised with a green tick. The business contacts will also display their addresses and other information such as email id. WhatsApp was also reportedly planning to implement UPI-based digital payment, which would make transactions for business and customers easier and fluid.

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