Video capabilities on phones have come a long way. FaceTime was, in my opinion, the biggest pioneer for more usage of a phone’s video capabilities. And because Apple is pretty much a monopoly, the tech thinkers at that place knew exactly how efficient this app would be in the future for iPhone users across the board. It’s about as simple as a regular call on your phone.
But now there is a newer, frothier, even faster and more inclusive way to FaceTime. The app is called Houseparty and it is almost exactly as it sounds. The app is free and what makes it unique is that it allows you to video chat with not one, not two, not three, but up to eight people in one sitting (or house as the creators call it). I can’t make this shit up.
— Houseparty (@houseparty) September 28, 2016
Why is this important? Well, assuming you haven’t downloaded the app (which is most likely why you’re reading this) as soon as you open the application you are immediately immersed into the app. Your friends will be notified once you open up the app and they can join in at their leisure. Fostering and maintaining relationships has never been easier. Much like a group chat in text messaging, you are in a group video chat now.
Need a recap of last nights events at the local watering hole? House Party. Haven’t spoken with your old fraternity brothers or sorority sisters in some time? House Party. Old colleagues you used to work with? House Party. Looking to catch up with both of the rents? House Party. Haven’t seen your old college roommate in four years? House Party.
The biggest strengths of this app are its user-ability, video quality, its inclusiveness and ability to globalize the world, and the fact that it can reconnect old acquaintances. But with its pros it does have its cons. My personal take on its flaws are that it crushes battery life and the constant notifications at times of who’s in the house when someone opens the app does get annoying at times. Overall, this app receives strong accolades from myself and warrants as a must download on your phone. Don’t be a stranger; get out there and connect with your friends.