Available only in the latest beta update, the new feature will enable you to check out a video as it downloads.
Downloaded a full video attachment on WhatsApp and realised that it was a waste of time and data? Finally, help at hand. In the latest beta update of the famous messaging app, now one can stream the shared videos while downloading. This can be extremely useful at times when we don't know what's the video is about as we have to wait for it to download completely before we can watch it. Or worse, we spend a lot of our precious data limit on the video before realising it wasnt worth it.
Post update, when you receive a video, you will now see a 'Play' button even when the video is downloading. Also, at the bottom of the video menu you get the exact video size. Hitting the 'Play' button will instantly start streaming the video.
Note that, this feature is only available in beta version v2.16.354 and one needs to be a beta tester in order to use this feature.
Further, the option will be only available if only a beta tester shared a video. If a normal user shares a video, then there is no option to play the video.
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Android users will the one to receive the update first followed by iOS.
The update is only available in a beta version (v2.16.316 onwards) of the messenger. So if you are registered with Whatsapp's Beta Programme you will soon be notified of a new update.
Interestingly, the update house a lot of other features which are not mentioned in the changelog.