WhatsApp PiP mode

Whatsapp has rolled out picture-in-picture (PiP) mode for video calls and text-only colored status update features in the stable build, available for Android and iOS users. This is newly attempted by WhatsApp to raises users on its platform, which has over a billion users globally.

Earlier in this year, WhatsApp has started testing the picture-in-picture feature on Android. It permits the WhatsApp users to move around the video call window during the on going call to perform other tasks like the message a friend etc. Notably, this feature is exclusive to Android 8.0 Oreo. That means that users who have a Pixel or Nexus device will see a picture-in-picture mode on WhatsApp for the present.

The next capability is to add text-only statuses on the solid colored background. It is identical to what Facebook has introduced on December for its platform. WhatsApp has added a floating pencil icon in the ‘status’ window which can be clicked to post text-only status.

Whatsapp users can click on the color palette icon to change the background color. According to WhatsApp, the text-based status feature will let users update to their contacts in a more fun, personal way. For WhatsApp status feature has been quite famous as the company claims that over 250 million people globally use the feature daily.

WhatsApp has a host of privacy options to choose from, making it easier for users to decide the audience they want their Status to appear to. This includes ‘my contacts’, ‘contacts except…’ and ‘only share with…’. The eye icon at the bottom of Status can be clicked to view how many of contacts have seen the update.