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Exclusive: HDHomeRun Picture-in-Picture Mode Arrives on Android

Screenshot_20170920-231134SiliconDust has been at the forefront of home theater PC technology for years, and in the last few years, their products have also spread to support mobile platforms. One of the things we love most about the HDHomeRun platform is that we can seamlessly transition from watching on a TV to a PC, tablet, or phone. Our phones and tablets tend to be devices that we use for multiple purposes at the same time. That’s become so evident that Android Oreo now supports the ability for video applications to run in a picture-in-picture (PIP) mode. The latest release of the HDHomeRun app on Android now supports PIP, and we love it!

Android Oreo is a brand new version of the mobile operating system. While it’s certainly not on every device, it’s on many of the popular ones, like the Google Pixel phones. With Oreo you can now keep a video playing in a small window while checking your Twitter timeline, following the score of a game you’re watching, or getting the latest news from Reddit. Unfortunately, there aren’t many video apps that support PIP yet. Even Google’s own YouTube app requires a subscription to use this new feature. SiliconDust jumped on it right away though.

Watching the HDHomeRun app in picture-in-picture mode is simple to do. If you have a device with Android Oreo on it you’ll see a new button in the app that looks like two squares with one overlaid over the other. When that is tapped the window will shrink down to about 40% the width of the screen.

The HDHomeRun picture-in-picture window will always display on top of any other apps that are currently running. While it defaults to the lower right corner it can be moved by simply dragging it to another area on the screen. When done multitasking, tap the window and there will be a button in the window to resume full-screen playback.

We love the new picture-in-picture feature in Android Oreo, and we’re excited to have the functionality in one of our most-used video applications. SiliconDust did a great job implementing the feature and getting it out so shortly after the release of Oreo. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the feature, and if there are things you’d like to see changed about it.

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.