Houseparty describes itself as a “face to face” social network. video calls.
Most people use Zoom for virtual meetings, classes, etc. (more formal cases) and Google Hangouts, Microsoft teams, Skype, Blue jeans, etc. He is an even more informal colleague in all this Houseparty.
About two weeks ago, somewhere down there was the word “popularity” in app stores. It currently ranks fourth on the App Store in India and first on the Google Play Store.
Sensor Tower reports put Houseparty ahead of all other video calling apps downloaded this month.
So, what is Houseparty? And why is it so popular all of a sudden?
Launched in 2016, Houseparty is made up of the same types that made Meerkat. Meerkat is a live broadcast application that became quite famous in 2015 but faded when Periscope appeared. After Meerkat was expelled, the team switched to Houseparty.
Video calling app? Alright. But what’s different here?
Instead of hitting the call button to connect with anyone on your list, you can break into the “room” if your friends are online. For example, you go into the app and start talking to X, and Y logs in and sees you and X talking “in the room,” and Y can then join that room. These are basically Yahoo Chat groups from earlier, but in the video.
Don’t want Y to join? Lock the room. It’s literally that simple.
Houseparty is the type of application that you can keep open in the background with people leaving and leaving rooms. There are also a couple of games you can play with your friends as you talk.
Houseparty allows up to eight people to talk at a time, so you don’t have to worry about your room being overcrowded. Friends can call their friends and Houseparty will alert you if you are logging out of the chat and are not friends with someone in the room.
Ideally, you might want to use Houseparty on your laptop or card, this is better than keeping your phone infinitely busy. And your wifi should adapt flawlessly. Many times, while trying this out, one window would miss, saying the connection was weak. And such connection problems are not surprising in India during the closure.
Houseparty is available on Android, iOS and macOS, and there is a version of Chrome so everyone is covered.
Which is annoying
Of course. The moment we’re all stuck at home, it’s nice to probably be able to talk to your friends when you want. The UX is laid back with a slight vibration, which has made the app popular now.
However, notifications will make you crazy after all your friends are in the app and logging in. Notifications stop silent for literally 15 minutes after downloading the app.
UX feels Gen Z, the icons look very snapchat like the whole interface, text conversations are quite basic. Of course, they’re not meant for “note taking” (what the app calls text chat), but you’re meant for video chat.
We started video chatting as we tried to pass the note several times, and trust us, morning work from home is not a good look for anyone.
The games become superfluous after the point, unless you drink them potable, but you haven’t heard it from us. They definitely need more games.
In the end, it’s not hard to see why Houseparty hasn’t accumulated customers in the four years it has existed. It’s a video calling app, more casual than others, but nonetheless, a video calling app.