Android O’s Picture-in-Picture mode support comes to Google Chrome


Picture-in-Picture mode is among one of the various new features of the upcoming Android O that Google has showcased. Android TVs has already these functionalities for quite a while, and now Android O will expand it for smartphones and tablets.

As spotted by Android Police website, this new feature is now supported by Google’s Chrome browser as well.

Unfortunately, the support is currently available only for Chrome users who are on Android O beta.

If a user wants to use this Picture-in-Picture feature they just need to open a video in full-screen and double tap on the multi-window button. VLC, Duo and Play Movies are some of the other applications that already come with support for the particular feature.

Picture-in-picture mode allows users to simultaneously perform two tasks on a smartphone or a tablet. They can at the same time do video call or watch a video and work on a different application in the background.

During I/O 2017, Android’s Vice President of engineering David Burke also share more details about other Android O features. In addition to Picture-in-Picture mode, the OS has a ‘Smart Text Selection’ feature also which allows users to copy and paste addresses, contact numbers and email IDs more easily.

The other new feature of Android O is notification badges; this shows notification count on the top right corner of the app icons.

The new OS version also helps users to save more data as this includes new limits on background location and Wi-Fi scans. This is expected to enhance battery life and free up more RAM.

Besides this, Chrome’s autofill feature in Android O will make it easy to synchronize passwords and set up a new device. However, not all applications will be supported with this feature.

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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk