Android Oreo finally adds a picture-in-picture, or PIP, mode for video apps. Apps need to be updated to support the capability, but the necessary changes are relatively simple. Right now, YouTube, VLC, and Chrome support picture-in-picture, but now that Oreo is rolling out to devices, other major video apps shouldn’t be far behind.
Each app may use a slightly different process to open a PIP window. For example, Chrome requires you to watch a video in fullscreen mode, while YouTube does it whenever any video is playing. VLC requires you to tap the menu button during video playback and select the PIP option. But the the controls once you invoke the floating window are the same.
Here’s how to make the most of Android Oreo’s Picture-in-Picture feature. For our example we’ll use Chrome, as most video apps are likely to work this same way.