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Whatsapp Will Soon Have Video Streaming Feature


After the launch of the video-calling feature, WhatsApp is testing a feature to improve its video playback mechanism. WhatsApp beta for Android will allow its users to watch shared videos while they're being downloaded in the background. The feature is being tested on the WhatsApp for Android beta app, and can soon be expected to release for every user.

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The new video streaming feature on WhatsApp for Android beta will use your Wi-Fi or cellular data to buffer a shared video, while it's still downloading  in the background. Earlier, WhatsApp users had to wait f video gets completely downloaded to watch it - depending upon WhatsApp auto-download setting. We tested the feature on WhatsApp for Android beta v2.16.354.

When a user sends you a video on WhatsApp and if you're a beta tester for WhatsApp, you'll start seeing a play icon alternatively to the general download button. At the bottom of the video dialogue box, the size of the video will be written. As soon as you click the play button, the video starts streaming depending upon the speed of your Internet connection. While streaming, the video plays inside WhatsApp, but after it is downloaded WhatsApp will ask you to choose your default player such as the default video player.

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Here we'd like to specify that this feature is limited only to beta testers of WhatsApp for Android. The feature only works if the video is shared by a WhatsApp for Android beta user, and if a regular user shares a video, only the download option will show on the video.

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