Almost a year ago, Meerkat was a live streaming app that showed a lot of promise. Having been hampered by Twitter that shut down access to its API, and the subsequent launch of Periscope, it still put up a fight though, despite its inability later on to keep up. So, in March the company announced it was moving away from live streaming.
Now, we hear from multiple sources that Meerkat has launched app for group video chats called Houseparty. In fact, it has been around for several months and it was launched totally quietly. It’s available for both Android and iOS.
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What characterises Houseparty is its simplicity, giving users the ability to chat with others and groups of other, very easily.
All you have to do is open a new group chat and send invitations to friends through WhatsApp, text message, or other social media. Houseparty has already been available since February, and although there isn’t any official word, it appears to be rather popular, with upwards of 100k downloads on Android devices. That might not sound like much, but this is something that wasn’t even announced.
If Meerkat is confirmed to be behind Houseparty, it has still come very late in the video chat race. With several other apps with similar features already out on the market, Houseparty really needs to rock the boat with something special. Only time will tell what that will be.
In any case, you can check out Houseparty and see if it can replace any of your other apps at the moment.
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