WhatsApp is testing a picture-in-picture mode for iOS. That will allow you to open up other apps while on a video call. In a post on the WhatsApp blog, the company states the features are currently in beta testing and will evolve to be widely available starting this year.
The new feature will allow you to minimize your video call. While you can switch to other apps, but it won’t be available to everyone.
The feature WABetaInfo first spotted in December 2022 should minimize your call while allowing you to switch to other apps. While some Android devices already allow you to use picture-in-picture mode with particular apps, including WhatsApp, the messaging service doesn’t support the iPhone’s picture-in-picture feature released in iOS 14.
Either way, natively integrating the feature should arrive convenient. When collaborating on a project during a video call (or browsing the web if you start getting bored).
Some other minor changes include waveforms that will now arise when users with their disable cameras are speaking. Along with banner notifications whenever a user joins a call.
According to WABetaInfo, the platform’s also working on developing its View Once feature to standard text messages instead of just photos and videos.