Now, it looks like WhatsApp for iPhone has got two new features - one is the ability to watch YouTube videos within a conversation and the other is the ability to lock recording in order to record a voice message without holding the button throughout the recording.
The iOS app update v2.17.81 has made it easier for users to record and send voice messages. "With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat", read the Apple App Store description.
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Apart from this, the other feature that's being rolled out with this update is Locked Voice Recordings - something that we talked about more than a week ago. However, the option is disabled now and expected to go online in few days. 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. Until now they had to press and hold the record button to send a message. After that you will be able to open and watch YouTube videos without leaving WhatsApp. According to WABetaInfo, the in-app YouTube video feature on WhatsApp is now disabled, and might be activated by later from the servers. "With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat". If you are an iPhone or iPad user, all you need to do is to update your WhatsApp to the latest version on iTunes.
Reports are that the new version of the WhatsApp application also brings the YouTube feature onboard. Earlier tapping on the video link would redirect users to the YouTube page of the video. When recording a Voice Message, just swipe up to lock recording so you can continue to record without keeping your finger down, ' read the AppStore description. Users can also preview a video before downloading. This new feature implemented in WhatsApp uses the Picture in Picture concept to view YouTube videos without opening it.