Apart from the new features like notification channels and auto-fill password framework, Android O Picture-in-Picture (Aka PIP) mode is the one feature you must get excited about. It’s something that allows you to multitask on your device. You can watch your favorite movie while having a chat with your friend. Let’s take a look at how it works on the Android Oreo 8.0.
Which apps use Android O Picture-in-Picture mode?
The main limitation of the Picture-in-Picture in Android O is that only a small number of apps support it yet. The developers are going case-by-case to make the PIP feature compatible with Android apps. Obviously, it’s difficult to clearly specify whether an app supports the mode; we’ve, however, brought a list of the popular apps that are compatible with PIP mode on Android O:
- Google Maps
- Google Play Movies and TV
- Google Duo
- Google Chrome
Activate Picture-in-Picture Mode in Android O
To enable or disable the PIP mode in your Android Oreo 8.0, launch the Settings app and open Apps and Notifications > Advanced > Special app access > Picture-in-picture. Here, you’ll see the complete list of apps installed on your device that support PIP mode. Hence, it’s recommended keep checking this screen, especially, whenever you install a new app on your device.
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Use Android O Picture-in-Picture Mode
To make PIP mode work smoothly on your Android Oreo device, you need to get the compatible apps updated to the latest.
Taking Chrome, for example, you simply need to enter the full-screen mode while playing a video and then, tap the Home button to send the Chrome video to a PIP window.
Talking about YouTube, It’s easy to launch PIP mode in Android O. You’ll need YouTube Red or Google Play Music to use Android O Picture-in-Picture mode.
To enjoy YouTube videos in a floating window on your Android Oreo device, start playing a YouTube video. Now, leave the app either by switching to some other app or by pressing the Home button. This will shrink your YouTube video to a resizable window.
For VLC, the process of using the PIP mode is a bit tricky. First off, tweak the app’s setting menu and enable “Play videos in background” option. Start playing a video in the player and tap the three-dot menu button at the bottom of the display. Select Picture-in-Picture option. Now, you are free to use any other app simultaneously while watching your VLC video in a floating window.
Control Picture-in-Picture Mode in Android O
While you’re in the PIP mode, you can make use of various controls. There are buttons like Play, Rewind, and Fast Forward. For YouTube and VLC videos, you’ll also get a headphone shortcut.
You can move the PIP window to locate it at your desired place on the screen by holding and dragging it. And when you’re done with the shrunk window, you can maximize it any time by tapping the Maximize button at the center.
Android Oreo has brought various new features to the front, and many of them have struck the chord with the users. What are your favorite features of this Google Android OS? Share your thoughts via the comments section below.
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