WhatsApp released an update for its Instant Messenger app on Wednesday, WhatsApp v2.17.81. This new update brings two new features to the app – the ability to watch YouTube videos within the chat window and the option to record voice messages without holding down the microphone button. The YouTube feature comes with the Picture-in-Picture mode. This allows the users to keep watching the video even while chatting. This new update is currently available only on iOS. It was spotted by WABetaInfo.
Previously, when you received a link to a YouTube video, it would open up in YouTube app or a browser when clicked. Now users can stay in the WhatsApp message window and watch the video.
This new update also brings the capability to record long voice messages without holding the mic button. This can be done by swiping up on mic button, which will lock recording and allow you to record the message. It remains to be seen if this feature prevents the accidental voice notes from being sent. We will test it out shortly and let you know.
Reportedly, WhatsApp is also working on a new feature for an upcoming update which will allow the users to switch from voice to video call during an ongoing call, and the company is developing a button to do just that. According to WABetaInfo, this feature will first show up in Android. WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide.