Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to use Android Oreo Picture-in-Picture Mode

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In this guide we’ll show you how to use picture-in-picture mode on Android 8.0 Oreo, and share a list of the best apps that take advantage of it. After being available for nearly a year on Android TV, and something you’ve probably enjoyed on cable, picture-in-picture mode is now included with Oreo.

Sadly, there aren’t too many apps that support this feature right now. However, as Android 8.0 Oreo continues to arrive for more devices, developers will add it to their apps. Giving us more ways to make the most of our devices.

Read: What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

Google’s Picture-in-Picture mode is similar to multi-window, but it works completely different. You’re able to see and get Google Maps navigation instructions while reading a text message. Or minimize YouTube to answer a quick phone call or check your email. Check out the video below to see Android Oreo PIP mode, and a list of great apps to try it on.

The new Picture-in-picture mode works just like you probably remember it on cable boxes or your television. While you’re using Google Maps, YouTube, Netflix, or even VLC simply hit the home button. Instead of just going home, YouTube shrinks to the corner of your screen and keeps playing.

You’re then able to move it around, or expand it back to full screen and continue right where you left off. It’s worth noting that the system works the same for all apps, but how you actually get into PIP mode is slightly different on some.

For example, and as shown above, on Google Chrome you need to open a video to full-screen mode first. Then hit the home button to start PIP. You’ll see it on the bottom right, and it continues to play. Tap the window for an expanded look at the controls and options. You can pause, play, fast forward, close or open the video back to full-screen.

To dismiss the PIP window completely tap on it and hit the X, or simply drag it off the screen and let go. On VLC, you have to manually select PIP mode from the menu with a video playing. Try picture-in-picture mode with any of the apps below.

Best Apps that Support Picture-in-Picture Mode on Android Oreo

We first saw support with Google Maps, but it’s slowly expanding to other applications. In the coming weeks and months, we expect the list of supported apps to grow. This is the short list of apps that work so far.

  • Google Chrome

  • YouTube

  • Google Play Movies & TV

  • Duo

  • Google Maps

  • VLC (beta version)

  • Netflix

If you’d like, you can check and see what apps you have installed that work with PIP mode. Head to Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special Apps Access > and select Picture-in-picture.

These apps support Picture-in-picture mode on Oreo

In here you’ll see all the apps that work with this new Android 8.0 Oreo feature. To use PIP on VLC go to the Google Play Store, find VLC, and scroll to the bottom and tap “Yes, I’m in” to join the beta program. Then download the latest version of the app. We expect this to roll out for all users in the coming weeks.

Again, this is a very small list of apps that support a pretty great feature. This is something Android users have asked about for years, and it’s finally available. We expect some of the most popular video and media player apps to add it soon, including music players and more. Before you go, check out how Android 8.0 compares to Android 7.0 Nougat.

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