WhatsApp is currently rolling out a new feature in the latest WhatsApp beta update for Android. However, the feature is only being reported by users of the messaging app in India at the moment. The new feature allows users to view a shared video without having to download it first.
WhatsApp Video Streaming
Previously, to view a video shared by someone, the user had to download it. This meant that if the user is on a slow data connection, the video would take a long time to download. Now, in the latest beta update, the user can choose to view the video as it downloads in the background.
WhatsApp has more than a billion active users and a lot of videos are shared in group chats and private chats. Therefore, this improvement in video viewing experience will be welcomed by all users. It is similar to how YouTube and other online sites stream video.
The large download button that appears on a video is now located at the bottom, according to The Android Soul. There is also a new Play button at the center of the video. The feature is currently only available in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, as per Mashable.
The Facebook-owned chat client also released Video Calling feature recently. Users have been waiting on this feature from a long time as well. It was also reported that the chat client may borrow some features from Snapchat.
WhatsApp Beta 2.16.365 For Android
Those who want to try out the new video streaming feature on WhatsApp will have to sign up for the beta program and download the latest update. Signing up for WhatsApp beta program is easy and does not take a lot of time.
Once signed up, the beta updates will be available and can be downloaded. This feature should be rolled out to the public version of WhatsApp for Android and iOS very soon.