WhatsApp has been rolling out new features lately. For instance, it added the element of reacting to messages with emojis this year. The Meta platform is planning to launch a picture-in-picture (PiP) mode for video calls soon.
This feature is already accessible to some beta users and will likely be released to more users in the coming days, as reported by WaBetaInfo. This feature enables the users to continue their video call on WhatsApp in a minimized window on their phones and free up the screen to perform other tasks. Users will also be able to use other apps while having a video call with the help of this feature.
Several beta testers, who have downloaded the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 update from the TestFlight app, can use this feature for video calls. According to the report, a PiP view will immediately be visible when you multitask with other apps. If you wish to do so, you can temporarily hide the video call view as it uses the official iOS APIs.
WaBetaInfo stated that even if this feature is compatible with iOS 15 and newer versions of iOS, they have no evidence that it currently has been enabled for iOS 15 users. The quality is presently available on at least iOS 16.1, so it may be among the features supported by the update that brings the official support for iOS 16 as reported by the WaBetaInfo.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is also going to introduce the feature of screenshot blocking. The quality is currently in beta testing. As the name suggests, screenshot blocking will stop individuals from taking screenshots of the “view once” images and videos. The feature allows the users to restrict screen recording and capturing of the shared media. This feature could be made available to the users by the end of 2022 or the start of 2023.
The Meta platform is also planning to bring a new feature of Avatars. You will be able to use the Avatar as a sticker or use it during a video call. Another feature that the users will witness is the “Companion Mode.” This feature will enable users to link other mobile devices to their existing WhatsApp accounts, including tablets. Users can only connect their existing WhatsApp account to a desktop through Web WhatsApp.
Another update that WhatsApp plans is increasing the time limit for deleting the delivered messages. Users can delete the delivered messages within 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds.