While social distancing is quickly becoming a norm and work-from-home have become mandatory, video calls have become the new normal. And here, WhatsApp video calls needs no introduction. It was designed for casual use, and that little feature lets you place calls just as easily as an actual phone call. Another fast becoming popular app is Houseparty.
Launched in 2016, this cool app not only lets you catch up with your friends over video calls but also lets you play games with them. Ever since the pandemic started, Houseparty has seen over 50 million sign-ups, and well, it begets a simple question — is it better than WhatsApp Video calls?
Well, that’s what we are going to find out in our comparison today as we compare WhatsApp with Houseparty.
One of the main advantages of WhatsApp is that you can open the web version of the chat on your browser and chat away. Whether it’s downloading a picture or creating a new group, WhatsApp Web or the WhatsApp app (for Windows and macOS) handled them without a glitch.
However, when it comes to video calls, you will have to take into account only your tablet or smartphones. Yep, you can place video calls only from your smartphone or tablet.
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Now that we have that settled let’s see the video calling features. In the case of WhatsApp, honestly, you do not get much. There’s the option to place a call directly or to initiate a group call, and that’s about it. On the upside, several tiny features add to the experience.
For one, it’s very simple to place a video call. You need to tap on the video icon at the top, and that’s about it.
So, what happens when you are already on a video call? If you are on a WhatsApp call, and you receive another call over WhatsApp, you will be notified with a notification at the top. You can either choose to answer it directly or disconnect it.
If you recollect, previously a WhatsApp call would disconnect if you receive a call over the cellular network.
As mentioned earlier, anyone on your friend list can join your video call if you keep your room unlocked on Houseparty.
‘Tis the age of group calls. Make a plan and get your friends all together in a call, and you can chat away to the sunset. So here, the main question is how many people you can involve in this glorious plan of yours.
At the time of writing, WhatsApp lets you add only four contacts of yours. You can either add them individually or add them straight from a group, and the choice is yours.
If you are into tech news, you must have heard about the privacy concerns related to Houseparty. Many users had accused hackers of accessing their premium Netflix and Spotify accounts after installing Houseparty.
So far, Houseparty had dismissed these claims and even went forward to offer a bounty of $1 million for information regarding these rumors and misinformation.
So, which app should you use? You should have both the apps on your phone and use them as per your requirement. If you want to have fun and play games over a video chat (it’s more lively that way), then Houseparty is the app for you. The interface of the app does seem a little complicated initially, but you will get the hang of it soon.
The party sessions locked, and you should be sorted. The call quality is great and so is the video quality.