Video streaming platform YouTube is rolling out its picture-in-picture (PiP) mode to non-premium subscribers outside the US. The feature was initially limited to only Premium users. According to IANS, YouTube's PiP mode is currently rolling to non-Premium users in Italy and is likely to be introduced to other countries gradually.
"The option to turn on PiP mode can be found in Settings > General menu in YouTube's Android app, but it only works on devices running Android 8.0 Oreo or later versions," the GSMArena recently reported.
PiP allows a viewer to watch the video outside the YouTube app in a miniature hovering player. Similar functionality is present on WhatsApp as well, and it lets users view videos in a hovering video player within the app without actually opening YouTube. WhatsApp is currently working on making the functionality compatible outside the app and allowing users to access the PiP mode in other apps as well.
According to Google's support page, non-paying users in the US are being able to benefit from PiP playback with advertisements.
Users without a YouTube Premium subscription can check if they have received the feature by playing a (non music) video, then exiting the app and checking if it stops or goes into PiP mode. They can also double check for the setting in the app.
YouTube's Premium subscription starts at ₹129 per month includes YouTube Music subscription. It offers ad-free playback, video downloads, background playing and access to YouTube Original content. Family memberships start at ₹189 month and allow access to six family members.
With inputs from IANS.