New WhatsApp Feature Makes Streaming Videos a Lot Easier

One of the most annoying things about watching videos on YouTube, Facebook or any other video streaming platform is that you can’t text people while you are doing so. Instead, you have to interrupt your video watching experience so that you can reply to messages. It seems like WhatsApp has been working quite hard to make this sort of problem a thing of the past. It is rolling out a new feature called picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, and it will basically allow you to have a small window in which the video is streaming while you are replying to WhatsApp messages.

The instant messaging service has about a billion and a half users, and is in a lot of ways replacing text messaging as the primary mode of text based communication for a lot of people out there. Hence, it is understandable that the app is going to want to make it easier for you to talk to people while you are taking part in whatever activities you use your phone for apart from texting. This may also be because of the fact that Facebook is adamant on making Facebook Watch as popular as possible. Also, the social media giant has been trying to get people to watch videos on Instagram for a while now. Allowing people to watch videos while texting is going to make it far more likely that users will browse through Facebook watch while they are using a separate Facebook property.

The feature also extends to YouTube, which is great because of the fact that Facebook didn’t try to exclude its competitor from this feature. This shows a more user experience generated approach that is a breath of fresh air in a world of heavy competitiveness and underhanded techniques.

WhatsApp have finally introduced the feature we've all been waiting for
Photo: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

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