Picture-in-picture is one of the most useful features to come out of Android Oreo, and it really comes in handy for streaming movies and videos on your phone. However, with YouTube, there have been some strings attached to the functionality. For a long time, a YouTube Red (now Premium) subscription was required. Now, though, it seems that’s no longer the case.
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This week, though, many more users are noting that this functionality is live. A thread on Reddit notes many users who lack a YouTube Premium subscription who can suddenly use picture-in-picture on their Android devices. As of now, this seems limited to users in the US only, and there are still some restrictions.
Some users note that videos noted as music, such as music videos, don’t work. This makes sense, of course, as opening up background play of music would likely have a negative effect on YouTube Music.