WhatsApp has now rolled out two new features in its stable builds. One such feature is the support for picture-in-picture, and another is the ability to have text as a status message. Both of these can be utilized on its Android and iPhone clients. We can say for sure now that the Facebook-owned instant messaging app is on a ride to improve its functionality for its massive customer base, which is spanning across billions of users.
The first feature is called picture-in-picture. And it allows the users to resize the video calling window. They can also move this window around, should they want to also text a friend or do something else. The company began testing the feature on Android in July itself. This program is also sometimes referred to as PiP. In the past months, several apps have introduced a picture-in-picture mode. This is a way to bolster productivity. Apple’s recent versions for iPhone also support this technology.
The second feature offered by WhatsApp to its users is the ability to have text-only updates as their status. Before this, users were only capable of putting their pictures and videos as status updates. They could have the text overlay however they see fit. The new version of the stable WhatsApp build (on Android, it is v2.17.323, and on iOS, it is 2.17.52) allows users to choose the background color as well as add the text. These text-only statuses also come with a mere 24-hour visibility. Particularly, this feature started to roll out to Android and iPhone users on the stable build since the last month. As of now, the feature also appears to be generally available in the latest builds.
WhatsApp has been insistently adding new capabilities. It is also improving its existing feature lately. The company lately declared its tools for business customers, which are also getting verified profiles on the service. The company is certainly working on bringing some support for the UPI payments in India. This is a major functionality in the wake of country’s latest interest regarding digital payments.