One of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world ‘WhatsApp’ is working on a much anticipated “picture-in-picture mode” for Android platform.
The feature, once rolled out, will allow users to continue the video call on a minimised screen while browsing through the rest of their conversation.
According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the messaging app has recently submitted a new update through the “Google Play Beta Program”, bringing the version up to 2.18.234.
“WhatsApp is working very hard for past many months in order to add this feature, adding new improvements in the next updates. After implementing the feature on WhatsApp for iOS, we can finally affirm it will be possible, in the next updates, to view YouTube and Instagram videos in WhatsApp, using the Picture-in-Picture mode,” WABetaInfo reported late on Thursday.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday said it has nothing fresh to add to the Indian government’s demand to trace the origin of messages on its platform as it “undermined the privacy of the people”.
Reacting to an ET story that claimed government officials have asked WhatsApp to digitally fingerprint every message, without breaking its end-to-end encryption, so that the origin of an inauthentic or fake message can be traced, WhatsApp told IANS: “We have nothing new to add to what we have previously said on this.”
Last December, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology proposed changes to Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000.
The proposed regulations require a company to “enable tracing out of originators of information on its platform as required by legally authorised government agencies”.
The end-to-end encryption feature in WhatsApp makes it difficult for law enforcement authorities to find out the culprit behind a misinformation campaign.
The mobile messaging platform has already called the proposed changes “overbroad”, saying it undermined the privacy of the people.
“Attributing messages on WhatsApp would undermine the end-to-end encryption, and its private nature, leading to possibilities of being misused. Our focus is to improve WhatsApp, and working closely with others in society to help keep people safe,” a company spokesperson had earlier said.
A top company executive in February stressed that some of the proposed government regulations for social media companies operating in India are threatening the very existence of WhatsApp in its current form.
“Of the proposed regulations, the one which concerns us the most is the emphasis on traceability of messages,” Carl Woog, WhatsApp’s Head of Communications, had told IANS.