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WhatsApp iOS update 2.18.51 apparently brings the ability to watch Instagram and Facebook videos in-app. This means that now, along with YouTube videos, iPhone users can view Instagram and Facebook videos right within their WhatsApp chat as well.
Earlier, when users clicked on an Instagram or Facebook
video link, it would open in their respective apps installed on smartphones. In its latest update, WhatsApp has mentioned in its changelog that in-app video playback will work for Instagram and Facebook.
The changelog also says that the feature supports PiP (picure in picture mode) which means that you can still navigate through WhatsApp, chat with different people, and the video will continue to play in a video bubble on top of the app. You can move the video bubble all through the screen as well, and it comes with play/pause, close, and fullscreen buttons, just the same as YouTube's PiP video bubble.
At the F8 event
, Zuckerberg also announced that group video calling
will be introduced soon, where up to four people can join the call at once and see each other in split-screen mode.