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WhatsApp for Apple iPhones can soon play Youtube videos in the app: Reports

The video will play in PIP mode, which lets users keep watching the video while navigating to another chat

Utathya Nag utathya10 29 November 2017, 10:30 PM
WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a feature to let users swap between video and voice calls

WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a feature to let users swap between video and voice calls Image: Twitter

WhatsApp has rolled out a new update for iOS devices ,adding a feature to let users play YouTube videos from inside the app itself in picture-in-picture (PIP) mode. Users can also navigate to another chat window seamlessly while watching the video.

WABetaInfo, a website monitoring WhatsApp Beta programmes, published the info on their website. The update (version 2.17.81) was published on AppStore on Tuesday.

"When you receive a link to a YouTube video, you can now play it right within WhatsApp. With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat," the description of the new update read on AppStore.

Earlier, clicking on YouTube video links in WhatsApp would redirect users to the installed Youtube app or open the link in your browser.

The latest update also adds the functionality to record voice messages without keeping the record button pressed during the entire duration of the recording.

"Want to easily record long Voice Messages? When recording a Voice Message, just swipe up to lock recording so you can continue to record without keeping your finger down," read the description.

However, the YouTube feature in WhatsApp is currently disabled but is expected be be enabled from the server end soon.

WhatsApp is also working on a new feature that will allow users to quickly switch from voice to video call while the voice call is in progress.

According to earlier reports by WABetaInfo, in the new Android update, WhatsApp is developing a new button to allow users switch from voice to video call or vice versa without ending the call in progress.

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