Barely a week after rolling out video calling for users across the world, WhatsApp is now looking to add a video streaming feature on the platform. According to reports, WhatsApp users will now be able to view a shared video even while it is downloading as they will have the option of streaming it. The feature is available for WhatsApp beta version 2.16.365 for users on Android. Initially, users could only view a video shared with them after it was fully downloaded.
Now, WhatsApp has replaced the download button with play button that will allow users to stream video while it is still buffering. WhatApp’s new feature is similar to streaming videos online on YouTube where you can view parts that have already been buffered. The feature is experimental for now. However, we can expect WhatsApp to roll out the same for its users soon.
In our case, the feature didn’t work for us, even though we’ve signed up as WhatsApp’s beta tester.
India is a crucial market for WhatsApp given the country has 160 million monthly active users (MAUs), which is close to 20 per cent of WhatsApp’s total MAUs. The messaging platform recently rolled out video calling for Android, iOS and Windows users. The feature is available via simple update, and the UI has been kept pretty simple.
Clearly, WhatsApp is looking at videos as the way forward and working towards this direction. The video calling feature was anticipated, since the first time it was spotted on Android beta almost a year back. The latest video streaming feature will surely save users space in their devices as it will be easier for them to decide whether to download a video or not.