To contain the coronavirus spread many countries across the world have implemented lockdown. In India, the Prime Minister also announced nationwide lockdown as COVID 19 pandemic is spreading in the country like a wildfire. The current situation seems very chaotic. In this time of social distancing people, you can still stay connected to your loved ones and enjoy the time just by staying at home.
Now Houseparty is another app that is gaining more popularity during the lockdown period. There are a couple of video conferencing apps that have helped a lot and are more bearable to stay at home while being connected with your friends and family. But Houseparty is different from them as the name suggests to allow people to play games with your friends altogether.
To recall, the social video app Houseparty was launched in the year 2016. But it has become more popular due to coronavirus and people are forced to stay indoors to contain the spread of the virus. The app is available for download on both Android and iOS. The app is owned by Epic Games the developers of popular game Fortnite. The company acquired the face-to-face social platform in the year 2019. To connect with your friend one needs to drop into a ‘room’ if your friends are online instead of hitting a call button. It works similarly to Yahoo Chat Groups to which one can connect with their friends by joining the “room”.
Now you must be wondering how the app works. For instance, you are chatting with your sister and then your brother logs and sees that you are chatting with your sister in a room then he can join that room without any hassle. But if you don’t want any relatives or even parents then you can simply lock the room. Houseparty also offers a couple of games such as Heads Up, Trivia and Quick Draw which can be played with your friends and family even when you are on a chat. Up to eight people can join the chat to avoid overcrowding. The smiley button on the top lets you view friends and notification settings.
Your friends can also invite their friends to join in but the app will warn you when someone not known drops in. You can also link Houseparty to your other social media apps such as Snapchat and Facebook to connect with more friends. The app works best when used on a laptop or a tablet.
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