WhatsApp testing new feature for YouTube videos to play directly

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WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature that allows users to play YouTube videos from directly within the app’s chat window. The feature would eliminate the need to launch the YouTube app for video playback. According to WABetaInfo, the feature enables playback of YouTube videos in a picture-in-picture (PIP) mode instead of opening the dedicated YouTube app. The PIP mode will also allow for functionalities like pinch-to-zoom, full-screen view and option to hide the playback and continue reading the messages. The report also notes that playback will stop as soon as the user switches to some other chat.
The Facebook-owned social messaging service has over 1.2 billion monthly active users globally and over 200 million users in India. The service has been adding a ton of new features to its services starting with voice and video calling support. WhatsApp also gained support for a feature similar to Snapchat Stories and claims that it has over 175 million users.