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Microsoft Edge beta for Android adds picture-in-picture support

Microsoft Edge on Android
Microsoft Edge on Android (Image credit: Windows Central)

The Microsoft Edge beta for Android is catching up with its iOS sibling this week, adding support for picture-in-picture mode. As with other apps sporting the feature, you'll now be able to "float" a video over the main Edge window while you continue browsing (via Windows Blog Italia).

Aside from picture-in-picture support, the latest beta version doesn't pack any other new features. Instead, you'll find the usual smattering of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Here's a look at the official release notes:

Thanks for using Microsoft Edge! Picture-in-Picture mode is available with this update (on devices with Android 8.0 and above). This release also includes general bug fixes and performance improvements.

If you've already opted in to test the beta version of Microsoft Edge, you should be able to grab this update now via Google Play. If you haven't, you can register to start getting beta builds from Google Play as well. For everyone else, picture-in-picture support should filter down to the release version of the app once Microsoft has ironed out all of the kinks with beta testers.

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8 Comments
  • How come no pinch to zoom like Chrome or Samsyng browser.
  • Pinch to zoom in Edge in general? Toggle it on in Settings.
  • Pinch to zoom On Android....
  • So that's what happened last week, when video clips in news articles started popping up in a separate window when I scrolled down. They stopped doing it after a few days, though, and now I have no idea how to get them to do it again...?
  • Pip for browser is useless. They need pip for mixer like twitch has
  • And I still waiting for URL Bar at bottom option. We live in age where phones are taller and taller and yet we need to go up to write URL.. mind-blowing. Also why Android version doesn't support custom pages on new-tab ? IOS have that feature without problem.
  • This is not gonna be good... Their tab switcher has horrible performance for many tabs open. I wonder if they got this better.
  • As long as PIP can be turned off, it's just annoying