San Francisco: WhatsApp has finally rolled out a new feature for iOS users where they can play YouTube videos right within the instant messaging app.
According to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp Beta programmes, the users need to update their app to 2.18.11 version from the update given on Apple App store in order to receive the activation of the feature. Currently, WhatsApp has over 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide including 200 million across India. Techook.com first reported about Xiaomi's statement on the issue. On trying, they were greeted with this message - "This version of WhatsApp has become Obsolete on 13-Jan-2018" They were then asked to update the app via Google Play Store. Earlier, when users clicked on the link, the YouTube video would open in YouTube app installed on smartphones.
Last weekend Xiaomi users complained about a problem with WhatsApp.
But given the popularity of Google-owned video sharing platform and many users sharing their videos over WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messenger must have made a decision to do something about it in order to make users stick to their platform. After a thorough investigation, we learned that a beta version of WhatsApp was pushed out on our Mi App Store a few days ago, which some users updated to.
Xiaomi provided the following statement to Gadgets 360, "A few Xiaomi users reported an issue with WhatsApp on their smartphones. We apologize for any inconvenience faced by our Mi Fans, and promise to be more vigilant going forward", Xiaomi spokesperson told Techook. As of now, it's not certain which other handset brands apart from Xiaomi were affected, or whether the distribution issue extended to other third-party app stores apart from the Mi App Store. Usually one has to sign up to become a tester, but developers also roll out beta apps to general users from time to time.