WhatsApp now lets users play YouTube videos without leaving chats


The update can be downloaded from the App Store, description of which reads, "When you receive a link to a YouTube video, you can now play it right within WhatsApp".

Instead of focusing on the usual new emojis and business-related updates, they are now working on something very unique and specific to Apple products.

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WABetaInfo spotted the update for the first time, and said that YouTube needs to be enabled using a server-side switch.

The new feature allows the users to play the video in a picture-in-picture mode wherein the video's window can be resized and adjusted as per the user's preference. Over the past few months, WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging app in the world, has taken the lead by regularly adding new features on its app across Android and iOS. The feature is supposed to help send long voice messages much easily. According to online portal WeBetaInfo, WhatsApp's new feature called Locked Recording allows users to record longer audio files and they don't have to press and hold the microphone button for the entire duration of the audio recording, anymore. Previously, whenever you click on a link it will open in the Youtube app or will try to open the video in a browser which is a pretty tedious process without a doubt. The team has also introduced a feature that was demanded by users for many years now. "With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat", reads the App Store description. The feature let users lock the button while recording the message.

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The recipient, however, will be able to reject the upcoming video call if he or she wants.

As per the WABetaInfo report, in the new Android update, WhatsApp is also developing a new feature that will allow users to quickly switch from voice to video call while the voice call is still in progress. Among 1.2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp has over 200 million active users in India monthly.

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