WhatsApp is testing PiP feature for video calling


The latest beta version of WhatsApp — build number 2.17.265 — received support for picture-in-picture video calls on smartphones and tablets running the latest developer preview of Android O, i.e. Android 8.0. The functionality takes advantage of the native picture-in-picture mode integration present in the latest major iteration of Google’s operating system, allowing you to simultaneously have a call with someone while you continue using the Facebook-owned instant messaging (IM) service.

To activate the mode during a video call in WhatsApp, simply press the system Back button after the call starts; doing so will shrink the video to a relatively compact floating window that can be moved around and will automatically snap to the border of your screen.

The current version of the service seemingly works without any major issues despite only being an experimental build of the app. Those interested in trying it out can join WhatsApp’s open beta program and download the latest iteration of the platform by following the Google Play Store banner below. There’s still no word on how long will Facebook’s subsidiary take to move this particular variant of WhatsApp to the stable channel, though that rollout shouldn’t happen later than Android O itself starts hitting the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and compatible Nexus devices in the form of final system images, which the Alphabet-owned company estimates will happen by the end of August.