WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging service owned by Meta, continues to develop and test new features for its users. WhatsApp is available on desktop computers, Android and iOS devices, and the company is now said to be testing a new feature for iOS users of the messaging service.
The TestFlight beta program is a project that allows iOS beta testers to try out new features before they reach end users, as the company has introduced a new update through this program that has brought WhatsApp on iOS to version 188.8.131.52.
According to WABetaInfo, this new update has added a useful video calling feature for WhatsApp users on iPhone. With this release, select beta testers will be able to use picture-in-picture mode for video calling.
The new video calling feature will be available to beta testers who install the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS update 184.108.40.206 from the TestFlight app, and more iOS users are expected to receive this feature in the coming days.
The report provides a screenshot to explain how this feature works on iOS, and according to the report, with this feature, iPhone users will be able to use other applications while making a video call on WhatsApp and beta testers who want to find out if the feature has already been enabled. For their WhatsApp account try to do the same.
And if the feature is enabled, the picture-in-picture view will appear instantly when you’re multitasking with other apps during a video call. Also, this feature uses the official iOS APIs, so users can also temporarily hide the video call view if they want to.
The report also claims that this feature is compatible with iOS 15 and above, however, the report did not share any details on whether it is currently enabled for users on iOS 15, and after testing the feature, the report claims that this The feature is currently working on at least iOS 16.1 and later, therefore, this could be one of the features offered by the update that brings official support for iOS 16, the report indicates.
In other news, WhatsApp is also testing some new features with the latest Android beta, as the company recently released some improvements to recognize WhatsApp for Android as a companion device, and is also testing the ability to search messages by date.